Re­TIR­Ing RPSI PReS­I­denT vOIceS cOn­ceRn AT STORed LO­cO­mO­TIveS

Steam Railway (UK) - - IRISH NEWS -

Out­go­ing RPSI Pres­i­dent Lord O’Neill has voiced dis­ap­point­ment that two steam lo­co­mo­tives from his Shane’s Cas­tle Rail­way are locked away out of use.

The peer was speak­ing at a din­ner held in Belfast on Novem­ber 2 to mark his re­tire­ment af­ter a record 54 years as pa­tron and pres­i­dent of the so­ci­ety.

Lord O’Neill, who was ap­pointed pa­tron at the RPSI’s in­au­gu­ral meet­ing in Belfast on Septem­ber 30 1964, raised con­cerns about 3ft gauge Peck­ett 0‑4‑0T No. 1 ‘Ty­rone’ and An­drew Bar­clay 0‑4‑0WT No. 3 ‘Shane’, which worked on his es­tate at Antrim from 1971 un­til 1995.

Both are now out of ticket and stored in an en­gine shed at the Gi­ant’s Cause­way. The Shanes Cas­tle Es­tate Com­pany sold the engines to the Gi­ant’s Cause­way Rail­way in the 1990s, but the ven­ture col­lapsed and the lo­co­mo­tives and stock were sold off to a de­vel­oper.

Lord O’Neill said he had tried to se­cure the engines, while the Water­ford & Suir Val­ley Rail­way has ex­pressed in­ter­est, but said that the price asked by de­vel­oper, Sey­mour Sweeney, was too high.

Built in 1904, No. 1 ran on the Larne Alu­minium Com­pany rail­way and was pre­served by Belfast busi­ness­man Billy McCormick, while No. 3 dates from 1949 and worked for Bord na Móna.

DaViD EatWEll

The way it was: An­drew Bar­clay 0‑4‑0wT no. 3 ‘Shane’ on the gi­ant’s cause­way Rail­way in Septem­ber 2006.

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