When I originally planned my trop to Northern Ireland it was primarily to see the new Thumpers at Downpatrick but it ended up having a lot of General Motors action too.
146 is seen in the platform alongside the other Thumper 458
The next day I paid a visit to the museum at Whitehead where there is one of the smaller GM's the 141 Class. This is slowly being repaired by a small team but is also used for shunting in the yard so 142 currently has a mixture of liveries.
146 on a run round passing new arrival 69
On the way from Whitehead we passed 97 at York Road Depot which is the last Thumper owned by NIR.
This was the vehicle which carried the Sandite equipment and along with a blown engine was in too bad condition to be preserved
The last day was the Downpatrick visit to see the newly preserved Thumpers.
Again the steam ban hit and 141 class Number 146 was in service.
It's seen below alongside new arrival Thumper No90
GM's and Thumpers
Above-Just after running round as Lisburn
Below-Seen from the signal box at Carrickfergus
Bottom-Belfast Central at the end on my trip
When I started planning I saw the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland (RPSI) were running a Steam and Jazz service on that weekend. As the weekend drew closer the weather was getting hotter and hotter and a hosepipe ban was in place then it was announced there was a steam ban on the main line and the train would be diesel hauled instead. For me this was a bonus as the 111class is rarely used on passenger services.
The above shot is showing 112 our loco for the evening at the RPSI base at whitehead before the trip started.
in the museum there is this LMS/NCC Buffet car.
The 70 Class were converted from hauled stock to become Thumpers and this coach ended its working life as Number 550 in a 70 class
The trip proceeded to Lisburn then back to Whitehead then onwards to Carrickfergus, at each of these turn arounds a Dixiland Jazz band left the train and done a good 30 minute set on the platform.
The above shot is just crossing over the river on the approach to Central Station
GM pulling a Thumper.
The leading coach 728 was once part of a 7Class formation