Mike's Picture of the Week 2014/50
Arguably CIE steam traction at its best although never to fulfill its potential. Bredin designed for the Great Southern Railway B1a class 3-cylinder 4-6-0 no. 800 Maeḋḃ was built in 1939 and has survived to this day as a static museum exhibit in Belfast. This splendid portrait shows Maeḋḃ taking on water at Ballybrophy whilst in charge of a Down special train with a 1849 - 1949 Cork - Dublin headboard - in itself a rarity in Ireland - but I haven't thus far found a reference to this charter or the date on which it ran.
[Mike Morant collection]