UK & Irish Train Scenes

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Welcome

UK & Irish Train Scenes is a photographic website which features the latest events on railway operations the United Kingdom & Ireland with occasional visits further a field to Europe hosting over 30,000 images to date. The images above, offer a selection of what is available to view on the site.


The website was created in 2008 on back in the old 'Fotopic' days. During March 2011, Fotopic.net unexpectedly closed. I then researched various site hosts to continue my photography hosting and found smugmug to meet my requirements. I then rebuilt UK & Irish Train Scenes back to what it was before the closure of fotopic.


Various aspects including some visit to behind the scenes of the rail industry is covered photographically on a regular basis. I tend to plan to photographically showcase special events, Railtour excursions aswell as the day to day operation in the passenger & freight scene.

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Recent UK Photos

66723 passes Askham Bar, 0737 Drax / Tyne Coal. Mon 01.01.18

66723 passes Askham Bar, 0737 Drax / Tyne Coal. Mon 01.01.18

Recent Irish Photos

"Q" class 4-4-0 No.131 arrives at Whitehead with the 1500 Belfast Central / Whitehead RPSI Sdg test run. The locomotive operated two return trials with the Mk2 carriages to Belfast and one in the morning by itself to Carrickfergus. Sun 05.11.17 (With thanks to Michael McCabe)<br />
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A little history on the life of 131 is shown below - <br />
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Builder	Neilson Reid, Glasgow, February 1901, works number 5727<br />
Withdrawn	CIÉ, 1963<br />
Companies	GNR(I), GNRB, CIÉ, RPS<br />
Preservation Career	In store, 1963-2014. Restored 2015<br />
Tenders	Various, new body being constructed<br />
Current Location	Whitehead Railway Museum<br />
Current Status	Undergoing overhaul at Whitehead, part of a GROW funded project<br />
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The Railway Preservation Society of Ireland took delivery of a new resident to its Whitehead engineering base on the 31st May 2003. The resident in question was "Q" class 4-4-0 No.131.<br />
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No.131 was built in February 1901 as part of a class of 13 4-4-0 express passenger locomotives for the Great Northern Railway (Ireland). They supplanted the various P and PP classes and were only displaced by the S class. The 4-4-0 tender locomotive was built by Neilson Reid in Glasgow. No.131 was designed under the auspices of Charles Clifford and although initially named, the name was removed in 1914. She was rebuilt with a superheated boiler, under George T. Glover (then Chief Locomotive Designer of the GNR(I)) in Dundalk works in 1920.<br />
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She was used mainly on the routes from Belfast to Clones and Belfast to Londonderry and throughout her GNR(I) life was rarely seen south of Dundalk. She was overhauled again in 1958 at Dundalk and in October 1958 when the Great Northern Railway board split between the Ulster Transport Authority and Córas Iompair Éireann, the locomotive passed into the hands of CIÉ for operation until withdrawal in October 1963. Between 1963 and 1965 she lay unused along with (now, also preserved at the RPSI's Whitehead base) J15 0-6-0 No.184 and K2 2-6-0 No.461. No.131 always carried GNR(I) black livery whilst in operation, but for a short time, whilst on display, she carried GNR(I) sky-blue. In the late 1970s the locomotive was repainted and placed on a plinth at Dundalk station (the spiritual home of the GNR(I)).<br />
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In June 1984 No.131 and her tender, were moved to Mallow as the main locomotive of the Great Southern Railway Preservation Society. Unfortunately, this venture did not bear fruition and the locomotive (partially stripped down and with the boiler and firebox out of the frames) was moved back to Inchicore Railway Works in the late 1990s.<br />
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The running frames were moved to Whitehead on 31st May 2003 and unloaded with the help of the RPSI's trusted Ruston Hornsby diesel shunter. Slightly smaller than RPSI icon "S" class, No.171 Slieve Gullion, she will nonetheless be a very useful addition to the Irish mainline steam scene, easily powerful enough to handle the 7+ coach trains which the RPSI enjoy.<br />
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Of course, all of the above is in the past. During 2014, a project, funded by GROW, commenced and No.131 is slowly coming back to life. The staff of the RPSI's engineering subsidiary, HEI, have been beavering away all through the year, assisted mostly at weekends by Society volunteers.<br />
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No.131 moved under its own steam for the first time in over 50 years on Saturday 31st January 2015.

"Q" class 4-4-0 No.131 arrives at Whitehead with the 1500 Belfast Central / Whitehead RPSI Sdg test run. The locomotive operated two return trials with the Mk2 carriages to Belfast and one in the morning by itself to Carrickfergus. Sun 05.11.17 (With thanks to Michael McCabe)

A little history on the life of 131 is shown below -


Builder Neilson Reid, Glasgow, February 1901, works number 5727
Withdrawn CIÉ, 1963
Companies GNR(I), GNRB, CIÉ, RPS
Preservation Career In store, 1963-2014. Restored 2015
Tenders Various, new body being constructed
Current Location Whitehead Railway Museum
Current Status Undergoing overhaul at Whitehead, part of a GROW funded project


The Railway Preservation Society of Ireland took delivery of a new resident to its Whitehead engineering base on the 31st May 2003. The resident in question was "Q" class 4-4-0 No.131.

No.131 was built in February 1901 as part of a class of 13 4-4-0 express passenger locomotives for the Great Northern Railway (Ireland). They supplanted the various P and PP classes and were only displaced by the S class. The 4-4-0 tender locomotive was built by Neilson Reid in Glasgow. No.131 was designed under the auspices of Charles Clifford and although initially named, the name was removed in 1914. She was rebuilt with a superheated boiler, under George T. Glover (then Chief Locomotive Designer of the GNR(I)) in Dundalk works in 1920.

She was used mainly on the routes from Belfast to Clones and Belfast to Londonderry and throughout her GNR(I) life was rarely seen south of Dundalk. She was overhauled again in 1958 at Dundalk and in October 1958 when the Great Northern Railway board split between the Ulster Transport Authority and Córas Iompair Éireann, the locomotive passed into the hands of CIÉ for operation until withdrawal in October 1963. Between 1963 and 1965 she lay unused along with (now, also preserved at the RPSI's Whitehead base) J15 0-6-0 No.184 and K2 2-6-0 No.461. No.131 always carried GNR(I) black livery whilst in operation, but for a short time, whilst on display, she carried GNR(I) sky-blue. In the late 1970s the locomotive was repainted and placed on a plinth at Dundalk station (the spiritual home of the GNR(I)).

In June 1984 No.131 and her tender, were moved to Mallow as the main locomotive of the Great Southern Railway Preservation Society. Unfortunately, this venture did not bear fruition and the locomotive (partially stripped down and with the boiler and firebox out of the frames) was moved back to Inchicore Railway Works in the late 1990s.

The running frames were moved to Whitehead on 31st May 2003 and unloaded with the help of the RPSI's trusted Ruston Hornsby diesel shunter. Slightly smaller than RPSI icon "S" class, No.171 Slieve Gullion, she will nonetheless be a very useful addition to the Irish mainline steam scene, easily powerful enough to handle the 7+ coach trains which the RPSI enjoy.

Of course, all of the above is in the past. During 2014, a project, funded by GROW, commenced and No.131 is slowly coming back to life. The staff of the RPSI's engineering subsidiary, HEI, have been beavering away all through the year, assisted mostly at weekends by Society volunteers.

No.131 moved under its own steam for the first time in over 50 years on Saturday 31st January 2015.


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