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Where: Wicklow, Ireland

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When: 15 March 1959

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An Irish Railway Records Society special train excursion captured at Baltinglass, Co. Wicklow. Interesting to see some women in this photo, but maybe they were just locals who came out to see what all the fuss was about... We thought this station was closed for good soon after this photo was taken, and it's great to get confirmation of that from billh35 that "the station would close 6 days later on 21st March 1959".

Date: Sunday, 15 March 1959

NLI Ref.: ODEA 9/40

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    Niall McAuley

    • 15/Mar/2012 10:29:58

    I think the photographer is on the footbridge shown on the OS 25" map here. If you flip to the modern streetmap, there is no sign of the railway now. Google map location: at this green arrow.

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    John_A68

    • 15/Mar/2012 10:34:44

    The loco in the shot appears to be 171 (Slieve Gullion), which is currently stored by the RPSI at Whitehead awaiting overhaul. www.steamtrainsireland.com/171/

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    billh35

    • 15/Mar/2012 10:48:11

    The station would close 6 days later on 21st March 1959 - you can see more about it here www.flickr.com/photos/2cme/5416013948/ as well as a contemporary view of the remaining buildings. The Irish Railway Records Society had a much more cosmopolitan following and was not tarnished (in those days anyway) with the current perception of "train spotters" and I would suggest the ladies were part of the IRRS group (or partners/relatives of those there)

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    Swordscookie

    • 15/Mar/2012 10:51:48

    Now that is an interesting shot, there are just the two passenger cars and the remainder of the train is made up of goods wagons, that must be unusual for an outing. I was going on the dart to Lansdown Road a couple of weeks ago and as I was passing through Pearse Station there were larger crowds than usual. Further down the line a steam engine with carriages was getting ready for the IRRS group to go on an outing but as it was between stations I did not manage to see it in time to get any shots.

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    John Spooner

    • 15/Mar/2012 11:17:33

    Are you sure the location isn't Buggleskelly?

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    SolitudeWays.

    • 15/Mar/2012 11:29:10

    Meravigliosa!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 15/Mar/2012 11:54:47

    P.S. Forgot to say that I'll be on Ireland:AM on TV3 tomorrow morning around 9 o'clock-ish talking about Flickr and all you Flickroonies...

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    Swordscookie

    • 15/Mar/2012 12:07:04

    I'll record it and submit to Youtube!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 15/Mar/2012 12:29:47

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie Don't make me block you! ;)

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 15/Mar/2012 13:34:46

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley Thanks for accurate location, Niall.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 15/Mar/2012 13:56:02

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Thanks for the date of closure! And I didn't mean to be in any way disparaging of the organisation or stereotype them with a "train spotting" brush - it's just that it really is quite unusual to see women in our O'Dea photos...

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    Néstor Pugliese

    • 15/Mar/2012 14:06:05

    I like it!

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    billh35

    • 15/Mar/2012 14:15:20

    Just like you never used to see women in pubs! hee hee Bord Failte used to have the slogan "Ireland......bet you haven't seen the half of it!" i was working on planning Ulsterbus Tours's Ireland programme at the time and having spent hours looking for the "source of the River Shannon" and come to the conclusion that the source was actually a puddle in a car park.....we believed they should have made the slogan....."you haven't see the half of it because no one can find the other half"

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 15/Mar/2012 14:30:13

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Ahh, slogans! But surely it can't have been that hard? :) Who was it who went missing searching for the source of the White Nile?

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    Eiretrains

    • 15/Mar/2012 15:06:52

    This was the last the cattle special to operate on the Sallins to Tullow branch line in 1959. The line had closed to regular goods and passenger traffic in 1947, which explains the rather tired looking infrastructure! CIE kindly accommodated the IRRS by attaching two carriages onto the cattle special as a 'fairwell' trip on the line. The cattle special actually operated from Baltinglass but the train continued with the IRRS portion to Tullow. The cattle wagons were loaded the following morning and the train picked these up on the return working to Sallins. The loco was one of the standard GSWR J15 0-6-0 locos, No.171. The RPSI has preserved an identical engine No.186. Back in the 1950s and 60s most IRRS members brought their wives and children on these kind of specials. The booking office at Baltinglass is still in situ.

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    John_A68

    • 15/Mar/2012 15:50:51

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/flyingsnail Ciaran, am I correct in saying that the loco in the shot is not "Slieve Gullion"? I was going by the number on the front of the engine.

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    Eiretrains

    • 15/Mar/2012 16:18:58

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] That's right SL, it's not Slieve Gullion, at a distance it looks like it and we're very familiar with seeing 171 a lot, it's just coincidence they have the same number, but that's common with the amount of locos each company had.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 15/Mar/2012 16:33:25

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] http://www.flickr.com/photos/flyingsnail Thanks for double-checking about the 171!

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    John_A68

    • 15/Mar/2012 18:28:41

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/flyingsnail Cheers! It never occurred to me about the different companies!

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    [email protected]

    • 16/Mar/2012 04:57:13

    so cool

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    Swordscookie

    • 16/Mar/2012 10:44:21

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] A fate worse than death, blocked from the NLI photostream on Flickr. It would be great craic though;0)

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    billh35

    • 16/Mar/2012 10:47:37

    Ah but you would only just go and set up the Provisional NLI or the Real NLI or Continuity NLI...........

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    John Spooner

    • 16/Mar/2012 11:11:06

    TV Star: www.tv3.ie/3player/show/184/46451/1/Ireland-AM

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 16/Mar/2012 11:31:59

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Love the idea of http://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie setting up an opposing Continuity NLI! :D And thanks http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner for the link! Very strange altogether to see/hear myself on de telly, and colleagues very kindly gathered around to poke fun at me...

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    Swordscookie

    • 16/Mar/2012 12:36:32

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Carol I'm in love! I'd marry you in the morning but the wife wouldn't let me! Well done, you've done us Flickroonies proud!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 16/Mar/2012 13:07:26

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie Don't want to be causing any trouble between you and your wife! We need her continuing expertise for fabrics, lace queries, etc. :)

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    John_A68

    • 16/Mar/2012 13:11:28

    Carol, well done on the TV this morning, you came across very well. I reckon the hits on your stream are going to multiply and multiply.....

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    billh35

    • 16/Mar/2012 14:39:04

    Hi Carol, your hit rate is going to go through the roof after that piece - well done, you are a great ambassador for the collection! Is the NLI equivalent of "flash mobbing" where a group of photographers turn up and take photos or is that "flash photography"?

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 16/Mar/2012 14:45:51

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Thanks very much, and it is growing daily, but I also think quality is just as important as quantity and we've been very lucky in that regard, thanks to all of you!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 16/Mar/2012 14:46:47

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Thank you! Maybe it's Flash Mobography?

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    Sole & Luna

    • 29/Mar/2012 02:56:19

    Really nice shot!