IR­ISH NEWS

Film star 0-6-0 is back on dis­play to the public in new White­head Rail­way Mu­seum.

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Asteam lo­co­mo­tive which starred in a movie 40 years ago is back in the lime­light at White­head Rail­way Mu­seum. Great South­ern & West­ern Rail­way ‘J15’ 0-6-0 No. 184 has been pulled out of stor­age to take pride of place in the new mu­seum’s lo­co­mo­tive gallery. Along with sis­ter en­gine No. 186, it ap­peared in the film The First Great Train Rob­bery, shot on lo­ca­tion at Mullingar, Cork and Dublin in 1978 and star­ring Sean Con­nery, Les­ley-Anne Down and Don­ald Suther­land. It is 30 years since No. 184 last ran on the main line, as it is too small and slow for the de­mands of the cur­rent Rail­way Preser­va­tion So­ci­ety of Ire­land pro­gramme. Con­structed at Inchicore Works in 1880, it is the sole sur­viv­ing Ir­ish-built steam lo­co­mo­tive and, with its sat­u­rated boiler, makes for an in­ter­est­ing com­par­i­son with su­per­heated No. 186, built by Sharp Ste­wart in Manch­ester in 1879. On the same road as No. 184 is an­other lo­co­mo­tive that has been hid­den away for many years – Sligo, Leitrim & North­ern Coun­ties Rail­way 0-6-4T No. 27 Lough Erne. This was the last steam en­gine de­liv­ered to an Ir­ish rail­way, hav­ing been built in 1949 by Beyer Pea­cock in Manch­ester to a tra­di­tional de­sign dat­ing back to 1882. Pass­ing to the Ul­ster Trans­port Au­thor­ity when the SLNCR closed in 1957, it was ac­quired for the RPSI by for­mer chair­man Roy Grayson. Siob­han Dil­lon, the RPSI’s act­ing gen­eral man­ager, said: “One of the ad­van­tages of White­head Rail­way Mu­seum is that we can ro­tate the ex­hibits and bring lo­co­mo­tives such as No. 184

out of their hid­ing places.” “It means that vis­i­tors can al­ways count on see­ing some­thing new, which keeps the at­trac­tion fresh.”

ROBIN MOR­TON

‘J15’ 0-6-0 No. 184, the new­est ex­hibit at White­head Rail­way Mu­seum, with Sligo, Leitrim & North­ern Coun­ties Rail­way 0-6-4T Lough Erne be­hind.

BY ROBIN MOR­TON ro­mor­ton@gmail.com

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