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    Irish Rail loading gauge and other dimensions

    Hi all

    Sorry if this has been asked before, but where would I find the loading gauge for the different part's of the Irish broad gauge railway system, I have the various narrow gauge ones, but not the broad gauge version.

    Something else which bothers me is how many of the Irish Railway coaches had straight sides? I can see that some had a tumblehome but others where straight.

    I might as well get this one out of the way as well, I know the different parts of the CIE had their own track arrangements, but I was wondering if anyone can tell me which companies used 2, 3 or 4 hole fixings for rail chairs and different rail lengths and weights.

    Regards

    Colin
    Last edited by Colin R; 16-05-2017 at 01:11 AM.

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    The current loading gauge is in the Network Statement: http://www.irishrail.ie/about-us/network-statement (page 63/64)

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    Thanks Hurricane for the heads up that is most useful.

    I read somewhere that when they moved the Queen to Cultra it would not fit under some of the bridges due to the GNRI smaller loading gauge, so I am hoping that if I use the current version I will beable to run just about anything I want, thanks once again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colin R View Post
    Thanks Hurricane for the heads up that is most useful.

    I read somewhere that when they moved the Queen to Cultra it would not fit under some of the bridges due to the GNRI smaller loading gauge, so I am hoping that if I use the current version I will beable to run just about anything I want, thanks once again.
    I do recall that, and also that she was too heavy for the Boyne viaduct. However that kind of historical data is beyond me! Hopefully the current gauge will help you

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