RPSI Test Run with 461

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  1. I T S

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    461 is reported to be doing a test run this Sunday from Whitehead. Destination unknown.
     
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    Will this beast be on next year's Portrush Flyer do you think?
     
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    Hard to tell. At the minute I think she's for Dublin for the time being. Clearance is another issue considering it's clowns that run this place now and not railwaymen
     
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    In all likelihood she will be used on the Sea Breezes next summer, all going well. Quite appropriate for the only surviving DSER engine. These trains usually sell out so a strong engine like 461 is more suited to the task than 186.
     
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    However, 461's power will also be useful going up Mossley and Ballyboyland on the Portrush Flyer. Personally I'll be trying to do the Flyer whatever's on it, as I have a real soft spot for the venerable 186, but 461 would be nice for a bit of variety. If there's a Steam Enterprise loco-swap move in June/July then that will be an absolute must to get both locos :)
     
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    Indeed. Though if anyone likes hearing steam engines climbing hills, the climb up Rathdrum back on the DSER (probably with 7-8 bogies) is worth hearing. Then on the MGWR there's Glasnevin bank (especially challenging on a 9 bogie Santa Special!), so 461 will certainly get a chance to stretch her wheels next year!

    461 was out today on a test run, meanwhile in Dublin Cravens carriage 1506 had her first preservation era mainline run on Friday evening, so all in all a busy weekend in terms of preserved Irish stock returning to the rails.
     
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    102 looking nice there in early NIR livery.
     
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