Jim Brady, the Navigator

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Jim Brady looks happy and at ease in his signal cabin at Killucan back in 1961. This is a typical O'Dea shot though we cannot see his mode of transport on this occasion. There's a lot to see, Jim himself in uniform, badges on display, the "Navigators" wheel, the levers and that jumbled desk.

Photographer: James P. O'Dea

Collection:James P. O'Dea

Date: April 3rd 1961

NLI Ref.: ODEA 24/100

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    • 16/Aug/2021 07:27:12

    O'Dea was back here a few years later in 1964 and cap badge had changed. catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000307182

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    John Hewitt 7

    • 16/Aug/2021 07:50:25

    This is an excellent Black and white Photo. Seen in Black & White Unlimited (pool) Your photo deserves a compliment from the special fish!!! compliment copy Please be sure your photo is TAGGED "Black & White" Black and White unlimited (pool) post 1 comment 2

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    • 16/Aug/2021 07:54:36

    3 April 1961 was a Monday. At 17:21, or could it possibly be 05:21?

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    • 16/Aug/2021 08:08:58

    Flickr is sometimes amazing! In June 2014 via the always amazing https://www.flickr.com/photos/be216cd1/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/be216cd1/14328781967/ Where has the building behind Mr Brady gone ?

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    John Spooner

    • 16/Aug/2021 08:12:28

    Streetview with the signal box cabin and the platform

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    John Spooner

    • 16/Aug/2021 08:14:53

    The "navigator's" wheel and levers are still there, freshly painted. Or were in 2004. eiretrains.com/Photo_Gallery/Railway%20Stations%20K/Killu...

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    • 16/Aug/2021 08:26:27

    Looking at the gearing on the wheel, it can only have been to lift something. My guess is the barriers on the level crossing. Edit: A trawl of the internet does indeed show these wheels referred to as "Gate Wheel Assembly"

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    John Spooner

    • 16/Aug/2021 08:32:53

    Mr Brady's relaxed demeanour suggests he had a quieter time than his 1920s predecessors. Dublin Evening Telegraph - Wednesday 11 August 1920

    MAILS SEIZED Train Held Up by Armed Men GOODS TRAIN STOPPED The 7.45 mail train from Galway to Dublin in was held up near Killucan last night by large body of men, and part of the contents of the mail coach were seized. The incident occurred at the 46th-mile signal cabin, which is on the line about ten miles east of Mullingar. A number of masked and armed men entered the cabin and compelled the signal man to put both the down and up signals at ''danger". When the mail train arrived. other members of the party intimated to the driver and guard that they were not to proceed, and for twenty-five minutes the train was held up, while the mails were being removed. The 8.15 goods train from North Wall to the West of Ireland, which reached Killucan about the name time, was also stopped, but. so far can be learned it was not interfered with. It is presumed that the raiders held it up as a precautionary measure while they were dealing with the mails.
    Belfast News-Letter - Saturday 16 December 1922:
    Armed men burned down goods store and partially destroyed signal cabin at Killucan station, on the M.O.W. Railway, on Thursday night. They raiders also cut down a telephone pole and wires. They took away goods and money.

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    • 16/Aug/2021 08:47:22

    Aha! At 14:30 on the same day, showing the building (since demolished) near the level crossing - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000305440 . It seems to have gone by 1964 - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000307068

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    O Mac

    • 16/Aug/2021 09:22:46

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/] T'was the Morris Minor in '61. [http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/] Those buildings definitely definitely gone by '65 at which time James the tank engine drove an Austin Cambridge. seen here. catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000307232

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    Bernard Healy

    • 16/Aug/2021 11:24:01

    I see he has the famous “flying snail” on his hat - the CIE logo until 1964.🐌

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    • 16/Aug/2021 13:00:42

    The wheel was, indeed, for operating the crossing gate. Nowadays electrically operated by CTC in Connolly. Often watched them, as a small boy, being operated in Sandymount on the walk to the strand.

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    • 16/Aug/2021 13:17:20

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner Nice looking watering hole outside the station, marked as 'hotel' on the 25". Could easily spend an hour or two there.

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    • 16/Aug/2021 19:50:24

    'The Signalman', a ghost story by Charles Dickens www.dailymotion.com/video/xsdlp0

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    • 16/Aug/2021 19:58:20

    Buenas fotos antiguas .

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    • 17/Aug/2021 10:26:51

    Dreaming of being on the high seas. Great photo. Thanks.

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    Dive Controller

    • 31/Aug/2021 21:57:56

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Sunrise at that latitude on that date would not have been until approximately 06:52am

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    • 01/Sep/2021 07:27:24

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Thank you. So 17:21 is the right time, with the late afternoon sun rays coming in behind Mr Brady.