IRISH MAIL TRAIN AT CABRA, 1985
RAIL 15 PHOTO
When I was spotting trains in my formative years, my bicycle was my most trusted possession, rather than my camera! It enabled me to move around all parts of Dublin city, usually without the worry of having a car, parking, and the like. This particular day, I probably cycled to North Wall before venturing to Cabra; the bike also allowed access to the number of footpaths and towpaths beside the railway in the Glasnevin/Cabra area. This picture of 193 and the Saturday-Only mail (yes, they did run on Saturdays as well as weekdays!) is the 1915 ex-Connolly, passing here at 1922.
The sidings on the left belong to the cement terminal at Cabra, flourishing in 1985. As you can see the mail train was quite long, comprising sorting offices as well as carriages for mail in pallets. It was this type of train that was held up near Hazlehatch in 1976 (referred to as the "Sallins train robbery"). The picture was taken on 25 May, 1985; see link to recent photos of Cabra courtesy eiretrains.