Holiday Camp for the lifting gang

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Yesterdays "Swiss Cottage" turned out to be a red herring from the Alps but managed to capture the magic donkey and join the ranks of Explore! Today is an intriguing one from Mr. O'Dea, a "Holiday Camp Coach being used as living quarters for lifting gang"? The mind boggles at the notion that one could rent a holiday camp coach. Spending the holidays being shunted from Dublin to Cork or Limerick or Galway with pleasant breaks in Ballybrophy, Limerick Junction, Athenry etc???

Photographer: James P. O'Dea

Collection:James P. O'Dea

Date: February 15 1968

NLI Ref.: ODEA 53/4

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    John Spooner

    • 15/Mar/2022 08:40:49

    Belfast Telegraph - Tuesday 27 January 1959:

    Eire to offer holiday camp coaches The Eire Transport Board, C.I.E., is to provide holiday camping coaches next summer at Killarney, Dungarvan and Carrick-on-Shannon. Announcing this last night, Dr. C. S. Andrews, chairman of the Board, said the coaches would be let at a very reasonable cost to families and parties travelling by C.I.E. train services. If the idea caught on, the scheme would be extended. Dr. Andrews said the cost of hotel accommodation for large families often prevented them from having holidays in districts they would like to visit. In each of the camping coaches, which would be located at or near station premises, there would be sleeping accommodation for eight persons, a living room and a fully equipped kitchen, and all crockery. cutlery, cooking utensils, towels and bed linen would be supplied.

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    • 15/Mar/2022 09:04:56

    15 February 1968 was a Thursday ...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 15/Mar/2022 09:29:51

    A "lifting gang" would be the lads pulling up the tracks after a line is closed, but according to eiretrains; Passenger services on the Mallow to Waterford line ceased in 1967, but the section just west of Dungarvan town (Ballinacourty) to Waterford remained in regular use until 1982 serving the magnesite plant there. The tracks were eventually taken up in the late 1990s.

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    • 15/Mar/2022 09:36:17

    SPOTTED ! At 0.25 in this 1966 film -

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    Niall McAuley

    • 15/Mar/2022 09:51:23

    I think Ballynacourty is actually East of Dungarvan, so these lads were probably lifting from Dungarvan to Mallow.

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    • 15/Mar/2022 11:14:27

    The 'lifters' in 1971 -

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    • 15/Mar/2022 12:38:27

    Athenry wasn’t so lonely when the Holiday Camp Coach pulled into town.

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    • 15/Mar/2022 17:27:27

    Popular pre-war in the UK. Later cars were the more luxurious ex Pullman club cars. The idea was to get a group to travel by rail to the destination, and the cost included the fares. GNR 1934 poster

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    • 16/Mar/2022 00:17:20

    Up to eight camping coaches were in service in various locations between 1959 and 1967, They were withdrawn in 1968. No. HC7 became 529A and was located at Dungarvan for the lifting crews on the Mallow - Waterford route. Accommodation included sleeping berths for eight, living room and a fully equipped kitchenette. Lighting, heating and cooking was by Kosangas. Bed and table linen, crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils were also provided Livery was pink and cream.

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    • 16/Mar/2022 00:28:04

    The real thing Killarney 1964

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    • 16/Mar/2022 14:42:43

    Camping coaches were employed by CIE and UTA in the North at railway stations during summer holidays. They did not move and remained in the same location.