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Old General Motors diesel idles under a Victorian Trainshed.

Irish Rail’s 071 class diesels are among the oldest railway vehicles in continuous service in Ireland.

When I made these images last month of Irish Rail 080 under the Victorian-era roof at Dublin’s Connolly Station, the other end of the train was getting all the attention. Dozens of curious on-lookers were anxiously awaiting the arrival of 4-4-0 131.

Old 080 had brought the carriages over from Inchicore and was idling away in comparative obscurity.

How many times have I crossed paths with this old diesel? Now almost a half century old, 080 is a relic among more modern rolling stock.

Where steam locomotive 131 will likely be around for generations to come, poor old 080 is nearing the end of its useful life.

I made these photos using my Lumix LX7.

Empty Branch Train—May 20, 2006

It was a lovely Spring morning in Claremorris, County Mayo, when I made this telephoto trailing view of the empty Irish Rail Ballina Branch train approaching the yard.

Finding a ‘mixed pair’ of 121/181 diesels on the passenger train was a rare event by 2006, and certainly worthy of my attention.

Irish Rail 075 that had been assigned to work the branch passenger train had failed at Ballina day or two previously, and the older EMDs were borrowed from their freight assignment to fill in.

I exposed this Fujichrome slide using my Nikon F3 with a short telephoto, probably a 105mm, from the road bridge west of the Claremorris Station.

Irish Rail 124 and 184 lead the Ballina Branch train.

I scanned the slide last night using an Epson V600 flatbed scanner set to 3200 dpi. Then I made nominal color/contrast corrections in Adobe Lightroom before scaling the image for internet presentation.

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