225/366 • The Steam Train

225/366 • The Steam Train

This locomotive (461) was delivered in 1922, when Ireland was in the middle of civil war. During that period the railroads came under frequent attack and this engine spent some time in a shed in Belfast. In 1923, the DESR (Dublin and South Eastern Railway) took her back and in 1925 she came under control of the newly formed GSR (Great Southern Railways) company. It was at this time that the number plate was changed to GSR and she got a new number (461). She spend her life as a goods train until she was retired in 1965. The Irish Railway Society has since taken ownership of her and she has been completely overhauled. After a brief hiatus in the early part of this century, she is now back and running and will spend the rest of her life as a passenger train. She has been referred to as the best locomotive, bar none, to ever run in Ireland.

(I'm not a train spotter and this may the the first photo I've taken of a train but researching the history of this loco has been quite interesting. I also discovered that locomotives are referred  to as "her/she". Who knew?

The weather was overcast and I thought I'd being doing b&w but thanks to bracketing for HDR, I was able to keep it in colour, which I think the old girl deserves...