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PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2008 4:49 pm 
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Great photos. I remember the train left every morning at
8.4O to take us to Newry Tech. The whistle always blew before
it was ready to take off. Don't know how many times but I know
if you were running a bit late and you heard it, it was time to get
going in a hurry. I'm trying to remember if I ever missed it and I
don't think I did. :>
We got off at Edward St then walked to our school.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2008 8:41 pm 
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What a beautiful collection of photographs! Simply unbeatable! Many thanks Brian! :thumbs:


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2008 9:00 pm 
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Thanks Biggles for keeping those photos safe, a great record of those days ........................................


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2008 9:44 pm 
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Adie wrote:
What a beautiful collection of photographs! Simply unbeatable! Many thanks Brian! :thumbs:


Don't thank me, thank the owners :D Oh, and there are more to come yet :-C


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2008 11:28 pm 
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Thanks to everyone involved. They are a wonderful collection of photographs - all with extra special memories for me. Look forward to the next lot.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 12:43 pm 
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More great Pics Brian and Biggles, that Edward St. pic brings back the memories of the walk across that footpath, out through the level-crossing gate and off on the two-mile trek to the college in all weathers....................no buses to leave you to the door in those days ........................................................


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 1:21 pm 
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These are great pics........


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Barrie, The photos are epic!! Thanks for the info about the Signal Box - I'm glad someone has the records because 50 years down the line (no pun intended) my memory ain't what it used to be. Northbrook, it was indeed a long walk from the train to school but at least I only had to go as far as Newry Tec. Don't think we were there at the same time xpaddy, I went in about 1955/6.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 11:13 am 
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Wonderful to see yet quite sad too. I like that last one....not too many little boys had a real train to 'play' with !


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Once again a wonderful set of photos! I wonderwho the "civilian" and his son is helping the driver turn the engine?


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Pauline - I went 57-59. Our classes weren't at the Tech itself. The only class we
had there was Art. Our classes were on the same street as the Savoy Cinema.
It was a beige building with steps up to it and I think it was 3 storey. It is still
there.
Mr. P.J. Russell was the principal - he took us for typing and his brother Mr.A. Russell
took us for shorthand. I remember I was the last one to get through trying to not look
at the keys when I was learning to type. Mr. A. Russell kept me back after school one day
and said I couldn't go home until I could type without looking at the keys. I didn't like having
to stay but it worked.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2008 9:18 am 
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The 2nd from last batch of photos....4th and 5th down..the building that is being demolished.....were those taken in Newry rather than Warrenpoint? ?? Dublin Bridge station?


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2008 10:02 am 
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Pat, the building been demolished looks like the engine shed at Newry Edward St. ...................................................


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2008 10:26 am 
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Thanks for that northbrook.

I only have vague memories of the railway..I can remember the large 'stone' building at Dublin bridge but not much else when it comes to the railway at Newry.


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Biggles ........was that last locomotive a regular or a `special` visiting Warrenpoit, maybe C.I.E................a 2-6-4 in train spotter speak ...........................now where`s my anorak ? .......................................


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2008 12:36 pm 
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A fascinating thread - well done Brian and Biggles :clapping:


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Thanks! Biggles and Brian.These photographs make it a lot easier to explain to the younger generation where the railway was and how it looked.It has ended all arguements in s.c.a as to where the turntable was .(smack bang in the middle of the car park)


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2008 2:25 pm 
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Biggles ........was that last locomotive a regular or a `special` visiting Warrenpoit, maybe C.I.E................a 2-6-4 in train spotter speak ...........................now where`s my anorak ? .......................................


that one on the turntable? if so thats "Jeep" no 1 - a loco class WT ex N.C.C built 1946-1950

I have a list here that "biggles" provided with names/numbers on most (if not all) the trains featured here :D


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2008 8:26 pm 
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I can't express how much I've enjoyed this series of photos from biggles. Well done Brian also for showing them so well! The quality is superb and they are a wonderful record of the thriving asset we had before Dr. Beeching wielded his rotten axe and deprived this area and the new Port of it's railway. What a short sighted plan that was!! :[


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I can’t tell you how much pleasure it has given my brother and I, being able to share our ’Point railway pictures and how wonderfully you have all received them. We both loved Warrenpoint and especially the railway. As the demise of the line came closer, the more manic became our efforts to record what was there. The final lunacy was as lifting began at Warrenpoint, I walked and photographed just about the entire derelict railway, from Goraghwood to Warrenpoint, most of the walk with a sprained ankle…but that’s another story. So if there’s any part you want to see…let me know, if you haven‘t had quite enough already!
I must apologise for a few pictures that had accidentally been double exposed and ghost images have appeared. One day I’ll try to tidy them up, when I learn to use PhotoShop. To reply to a couple of member’s queries…

Adie, the “civilian & son?” helping turn No 63 “Slievenamon”. As far as I’m aware, the two adults were the driver and fireman and the lad was my brother and co-photographer. On page six of this thread, the first photo is No 63, finished being turned, coming off the turntable with Andrew up on the footplate…again.

PatMG07 asks about buildings being demolished. Northbrook was correct in identifying the 4th picture as Edward St loco shed. The shed was in use in ’61 but by ’64 was derelict. There had been a fire and the roof was gone, but otherwise it was just slowly falling apart on it’s own. Picture No 5 is a ¼ frame, double-exposed wreck of an image, that Brian has rescued and made presentable. It was taken in ’64, inside the docks at the ‘Point (that’s Warrenpoint station behind), of a line of very old dock wagons being cut up. That’s my brother again… this time saving the wagon number plates for posterity!

Northbrook: As far as I know, none of the ‘Jeeps’ went to CIE. Certainly No 1 carries the U.T.A. crest. In the summer of ’64, the Jeeps used to come in to the ’Point, mostly on Weekend specials, when there could be as many as 3 of them simmering in the afternoon sun. Summer Sunday afternoons were magical, especially as the railway staff were amazingly tolerant of our wandering freely. The Jeeps were powerful machines, but our favourites were the ex-Great Northern 4-4-0’s.

Thank you all for your very kind comments.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2008 12:58 pm 
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Great stuff Biggles, I`ll do more research on the No.4 Jeep now in Dublin, maybe organise a trip ...............keep them coming .....................................................................


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here you are, this is the last batch of the photos :D

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Thanks once again to Barrie and Andrew for thier photographs. :-):-)


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2008 1:56 pm 
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Well done everybody........................The End of the Line !!


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:iagree: And once again thanks to Biggles and Brian for all their effort. For me this has been one of the very best postings on the forum since I joined! :thumbs: :-):-)


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2008 4:37 pm 
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Biggles - a wonderful tribute to the Warrenpoint Train Station.
Brian - the last pictures are of great quality and a treasure to have.
Thanks to both of you.


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The photos should be put on public display some where in the town.A first class thread many thanks :-):-)


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Biggles, just want to thank you and your brother for having the foresight to realise that these things were an important part of history, and as such needed to be recorded. We have all really enjoyed your photos, thanks so much for sharing them. :genius:'s


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