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2-6-0 Steam locomotive 461
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No: 8778   Contributor: Marcel Gommers   Year: 2000   Manufacturer: Beyer-Peacock & Co Ltd   Country: Ireland
2-6-0 Steam locomotive 461

The Royal Canal Steam Shuttle. According to Wikipedia The Royal Canal is a canal originally built for freight and passenger transportation from the River Liffey at Dublin to the River Shannon at Cloondara in County Longford in Ireland.
So I suppose this photo was taken in Ireland?
See picture #7984 also

Photo © The Step Back Through Time Collection
Picture added on 04 December 2010 at 09:34
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Through Their Eyes - Steam Trains Collection, England
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From the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland web site:
"GSR Classification K2 2-6-0 No. 461 and sister loco 462 (originally 15 & 16) were built for the heavy goods (freight) traffic on the Dublin - Wexford main line of the Dublin & South Eastern Railway. On account of the risk of damage when new (during the "Troubles" of the early 1920's), both were initially sent to Belfast for safekeeping, returning in 1923. 461 was allocated to the Wexford goods, a duty she carried out regularly until withdrawal in 1962, just before steam ended on CIE (the then State railway system in the Republic of Ireland). In 1940, 462 acquired a standard GSR "N" class boiler, which was interchanged during subsequent overhauls, ending up on 461. Wearing their grey livery until the last, they ended their days on the Wexford goods, though 462 was occasionally used on Dublin suburban services. 461's final years on CIE were mostly spent in Waterford working a lot of beet traffic. 462 was scrapped in early 1963, while 461 was painted in DSER livery (with white walled tyres!) and displayed in a siding at the 1968 Inchicore Works Open Day in Dublin. She was taken to Cork in 1975 and placed in storage. In 1977 she was presented by CIE to the RPSI and she was taken to the Society's Mullingar base for examination. Extensive overhaul followed at Whitehead and the locomotive returned to traffic in late 1990.
Originally she may have been painted DSER green - railwayman Fred Graham remembers her in green at Adelaide in 1923 and there was a Wills cigarette card with her in a dark green livery. After the D&SER became part of the Great Southern Railways in 1925, she was painted all over unlined dark battleship grey, the drab but standard livery of the GSR. When the GSR became part of CIE in 1945, this livery was continued until the late 1950's when all over unlined black was applied. This is the livery she currently carries, along with replica cast numberplates of GSR design, as carried in GSR years.
Since her new lease of life in the world of preservation, 461 has clocked up many miles of service all over Ireland. She has been almost everywhere, except (we think) Castlerock to Derry [webmasters note: we had previously said that 461 had not operated from Cork-Cobh. "40 Shades of Steam" page 141 shows that on the 21st May 1995, day two of the "William Dargan International Railtour" 461 did operate Cork – Cobh - Cork]. She spent most of her time in preservation operation back on her home patch - the highly scenic Dublin - Wexford -Rosslare line - though pulling passengers now instead of freight. Appropriate, for the only surviving D&SER locomotive.
461 is currently (2010) undergoing a very thorough overhaul before returning to main line use."

Added by Peter Langsdale on 04 December 2010.
Forgot to add: Built by Beyer Peacock & Co, in 1922 as No. 15 for the D&SER.

Added by Peter Langsdale on 04 December 2010.
Yes this photo was taken in Ireland. This photo was taken at Inchicore works in Dublin before 'The Royal Canal' shuttle excursion on May 24th 1998 from Dublin-Maynooth-Enfield.
This exact engine (461) is now back in service after completing her overhaul at the end of 2011 and is painted in a Great Southern Railways green livery. She'll be taking a train from Dublin to Belfast on Sunday 3rd February if you'd like to see her running. :)

Added by Nicky Cox on 24 January 2013.
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