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    Magnesite Wagons

    Some nice coverage of the magnesite wagons flows which ended in 1982 on this IRRS video. Some other interests might be the fuel oil wagons and 1950s built CIE coaches
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okOsw4W0CbA&spfreload=1
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    A very enjoyable 15 minutes viewing - as a none native of Ireland, it always amazes me how much the railways either side of the Irish Sea have in common, but then they did have a shared history for almost 100 years before going their separate ways, the railways that is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiveController View Post
    Some nice coverage of the magnesite wagons flows which ended in 1982 on this IRRS video. Some other interests might be the fuel oil wagons and 1950s built CIE coaches
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okOsw4W0CbA&spfreload=1
    Great clip, thanks for posting. 1982 in terms of railway history is not really that long ago, yet the atmospheric cine film flicker and colour tones gave the impression of 1950/60s era. Interesting coach behind the loco at 0:49s, almost looks like a TPO - on that line?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noel View Post
    Great clip, thanks for posting. 1982 in terms of railway history is not really that long ago, yet the atmospheric cine film flicker and colour tones gave the impression of 1950/60s era. Interesting coach behind the loco at 0:49s, almost looks like a TPO - on that line?
    I was 5. That's a hell of a long time ago
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    Aaaargh! I was five in 1962!
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    Well in fairness by 1982 the railways here had very much rationalised to the 'modern image era' (whatever that means) with fixed rake coach formations, fully fitted freight trains, liners, air con, just about the end of loose coupled wagons, very few brake vans nor mixed pick up freight, instead containers, fork lift truck loadable freight, or piped/suction of liquid freight, hoppers for bulk aggregates, colour signalling, CTC, CWR, DART, intercity, waiters and stewardesses on Cork & Belfast trains, fax machines on city gold, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenderg View Post
    I was 5. That's a hell of a long time ago
    I remember it like yesterday

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    There will come a day when people hark back to the old days when ICRs were still running, and Mayo and Galway still had railways, before the Limerick Junction - Rosslare - Gorey cycleway was opened, and before the Healy-Raes turned the Kerry line into a conveyor belt to get people to their pub in Kilgeee-arvan....
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    Quote Originally Posted by jhb171achill View Post
    There will come a day when people hark back to the old days when ICRs were still running, and Mayo and Galway still had railways, before the Limerick Junction - Rosslare - Gorey cycleway was opened, and before the Healy-Raes turned the Kerry line into a conveyor belt to get people to their pub in Kilgeee-arvan....
    Well semi-self drive cars are only a few years away so intercity motorway driving will become a very relaxing way to travel, and mass market fully self drive cars perhaps only a decade away. Adaptive cruise control will continue to evolve into an auto helm in the mean time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noel View Post
    Well semi-self drive cars are only a few years away so intercity motorway driving will become a very relaxing way to travel, and mass market fully self drive cars perhaps only a decade away. Adaptive cruise control will continue to evolve into an auto helm in the mean time.
    There is a big push by the car makers and the electricity companies towards electric cars. Truck builders are developing hybrid distributed electro-diesel power units for B Trains and Road Trains.

    Some bright spark suggested consolidating road freight into longer road trains at freight hubs and stringing overhead along the motorways and State Highways while at the same time claiming the days of the railway are past

    Our local MP ridiculed an opposition proposal to introduce a commuter rail service from Hamilton (160,000 pop) into Auckland (1.5m+) and secured $1B for a motorway on the basis that we will all be driving electric self driving cars within 10 years.

    This doesn't solve the problem of congestion when you get near any big city.
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