When Lough Melvin met Lough Erne

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Mr. O'Dea found his way north of the border in 1959 to visit the sheds at Enniskillen and here captures the Lough Melvin gathering dust. For those who had worked at and loved the railways this period must have been a heartbreak watching it all being broken up and removed.

Photographer: James P. O'Dea

Collection:James P. O'Dea

Date: September 1st 1959

NLI Ref.: ODEA 13/53

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    • 27/Oct/2021 07:56:19

    1 September 1959 was a Tuesday ...

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    • 27/Oct/2021 08:05:58

    Flickr is sometimes amazing! One of several 'Melvin' photos via [https://www.flickr.com/photos/irishswissernie/] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/irishswissernie/49752146651/] And memorabilia via [https://www.flickr.com/photos/magnumlady/] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/magnumlady/4857586737/] From a 'Headhunters Railway Museum & Barber Shop" album - flic.kr/s/aHsjrqTQhV Edit - Above display is in "the world’s only combined barber shop and railway museum" - ramblingwombat.wordpress.com/2017/03/23/headhunters-barbe...

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    • 27/Oct/2021 08:09:07

    Reverse view catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000304331

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    Listenwave Photography

    • 27/Oct/2021 08:34:00

    SPECIAL AWARD ★★★★★ 5 stars for your photo... Seen in:..Flickr Hall of Fame Flickr Hall of Fame (Post 1 – Award 1)

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    • 27/Oct/2021 08:37:56

    Details and history - they were the only two in the 'Lough' class - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SLNCR_Lough_class The 'Lough Erne' (in front) is awaiting restoration. In 2018 via [https://www.flickr.com/photos/mjyrailphotos/] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/mjyrailphotos/44075149560/]

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    • 27/Oct/2021 09:42:03

    Purchased in 1949 from Beyer & Peacock, but were delayed two years before entering service, as the SLNCR were unable to raise the funds. Some sort of compromise was reached and the locos were leased instead. They carried a Beyer & Peacock ownership plate on the tender, which may be the oval plate that can be seen in photo. They were sold to the UTA fllowing the closure of the SLNCR and spent their time around York Rd. and the Belfast docks. Melvin was scrapped in 1948, Erne survived.

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    O Mac

    • 27/Oct/2021 11:09:18

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ '68 not '48

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    • 27/Oct/2021 12:58:11

    wonderful old lady

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    Niall McAuley

    • 27/Oct/2021 13:50:29

    Poking around Google maps and the PRONI historical but unlinkable maps site, I think this engine shed is gone. So are the goods sheds and the station.

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    • 27/Oct/2021 15:14:58

    Lough Erne is still awaiting renovation at Whitehead. At least she is inside and not exposed to the elements like Meenglass in Derry.

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    • 27/Oct/2021 15:49:37

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Just so, note Ernes missing brass nameplate, an all too common occurance, of which I'm also guilty of.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 28/Oct/2021 05:47:03

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] you never did?

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    • 28/Oct/2021 09:45:44

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland Not that one, but no mystery where that missing nameplate ended up.