Photo Gallery #3

These images were taken between August 2002 and April 2004. As always, click on the thumbnail to see the larger picture, and use your browser's BACK button to return to this page.
 
"Clifden" at the head of the afternoon passenger service for Ennis pulling up in front of the new station at Lahinch.
Slieve Callan has had to take the down loop at Lahinch with the short goods train, which includes the new WCR wagons, in order to allow the railcar to make its stop.
Slieve Callan at the head of a long passenger train, easily handles the S-curve in the eastern corner of the garden.  The halt will some day have a closer resemblance to the West Clare halt at Willbrook.
Slieve Callan leaving Lahinch towards the south, offering a good view of the WCR open wagons.
Slieve Callan coasting down Black Hill towards Rineen.  To my mind, it doesn't get much better than this.
Lady Edith with her first train, raising steam.
Lady Edith working hard as she attacks Black Hill between Rineen and Lahinch.  It was a cold afternoon, and the steam effects were glorious.
Slieve Callan at the head of a train of West Clare stock.  Note the spring thaw hadn't quite arrived.
Lady Edith arrives at Kilkee with the morning passenger train.
Two examples of the Bristol box vans built for the opening of the West Clare.  Many were re-roofed with corrugated iron in later years.
Fr. O'Malley greets the engine crew as Slieve Callan drifts into Kilkee with the evening goods.
Outbound from Kilkee.  Note the second wagon, open cattle wagon no 80, the latest scratchbuilt model to be added to the roster.
The new goods shed at Lahinch.  The core is one inch insulating foam sheet, covered with a skin of Quikcrete (c) vinyl concrete patching compound, which was scribed while wet with a stone pattern.  The roof is foam core and embossed styrene sheet.  Quick, cheap, easy, and to my eye, rather effective.

I've had this Jane for many years, and after much running in she's become a nifty little engine.  She's much smaller than my Irish engines, but is a fine representation of a generic industrial/quarry engine.  She's seen here with a box vanwhose origins are lost in the mists of time, and several opens based on LGB wagons.

Here's Jane running through from Kilrush towards Kilkee.  It might seem that the driver is looking wistfully at the open field where Taylor's Pub will stand some day soon.  He insists that he was inspecting the lineside for encroaching mosses.

Percy at the head of a goods train in the early spring, running past the bluebells growing in the flower beds.

"Catharine," my  Roundhouse HELENE-class engine based on the Zillertahl prototypes.  Though she's thirteen years old, she still runs well and looks good at the head of a rake of my LGB coaches.

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