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Irish Transport, Ferry & related items
Belfast & N. Ireland City Tramways Belfast Arms Workman Clark  
H&W plastic H&W Alum. HMF RIC GPO
Corp. Transport Belfast Arms plastic without Arms plastic metal
Other
Belfast
badges Citybus card UTA Belfast & Co Down GNR
Others Londonderry Ballymena &
Ballymoney
Enniskillen &
Bundoran
BOC  
Dublin United Tramways Port & Docks & Kingstown Gt S&W Gt Southern & Drogheda
Steam Packet T.S.Flood Broadstone Inchicore Rathmines Other paychecks
Great Eastern East/West Link        
Rest of Ireland Cork Electric Tramways Cork Loco Cork Harbour Athlunkard Bridge Tolls American Velocipede Other railways
Buggy Coaches MM Ferry Cavan      

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Transport - Belfast/N. Ireland

Belfast & N. Ireland - Transport
City Tramways Belfast Arms Workman Clark  
H&W plastic H&W Alum. HMF RIC GPO
Corp. Transport Belfast Arms plastic without Arms plastic metal
Other
Belfast
badges Citybus card UTA Belfast & Co Down GNR
Others Londonderry Ballymena & Ballymoney Enniskillen & Bundoran

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Belfast City Tramways - Plastic 24mm
*UPT1   d pink S160AS
 
*UPT2   1d. blue (stop) S160AU
 
*UPT3   1d red S160AW
 
*UPT4   2d yellow D close to 2 S160AX
 
*UPT4a   do. D further from & above level of 2
 
*UPT5   3d black S160AY
 

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Belfast City Tramways - Plastic & Vulcanised fibre
v_workman clark 1-5d.jpg Courtesy N. Clarke
UPT14   1d WORKMAN CLARK & Co Ltd ENGINE WORKS 22mm brown f
 
S160AH   1d do. 25mm brown f
 
v_workman clark 1928-2.jpg Courtesy N. Clarke
UPT--   WORKMAN CLARK (1928) LIMITED = BELFAST
?
 
UPT15   1d HMF (His Majesty's Forces) OFFICIAL TOKEN grey f
 
UPT16   1d do. 23mm brown f S160AI
 
v_ric 1 1-2d.jpg Courtesy N. Clarke
UPT17   1d RIC (Royal Irish Constabulary) OFFICIAL TOKEN 25mm grey f
 
S160AG   1d do. 25mm dark grey f
 
S160AJ   1d do. 25mm brown f
 
 
S160AA   1d GPO (General Post Office) OFFICIAL TOKEN 23mm brown p
 
S160AB   1d do. 23mm pink p
 
S160AC   1d do. 23mm green p
 
S160AD   1d do. 23mm grey f
 
v_h&w-basin.jpg
UPT18   HARLAND & WOLFF FERRY 25mm blue f
 
S160AK   ABERCORN..QUEENS ROAD.. H&W 30x35 ob brown f
 
S160AL   do. 28mm light red p
 
S160AM   BELFAST CITY | .TRAMWAYS. = ABERCORN | BASIN | AND | QUEEN'S ROAD | TERMINUS
HARLAND & WOLFF, LTD | . BELFAST . dark red

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Belfast Corporation Transport Belfast Arms - Plastic
*UPT6   1d. blue 22mm S160BC
(probably made by Reliance - see above)
*UPT7   d pink 25mm S160BA
 
*UPT8   1d red wide D last T in TRANSPORT under scroll S160BG
 
*---   do. last T in TRANSPORT before scroll
 
*   as above but holed
 
UPT8a   do. round D
 
---   1d maroon S160BE (UPT8?)
 
UPT9   1d blue
 
*UPT10   2d yellow S160BI
 
*UPT11   3d black S160BJ
 

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Belfast Corporation Transport no Belfast Arms - Plastic
*UPT12   4d. green  no Arms Stop beneath small wide  D S160BP
 
*UPT12a   4d do. no Stop  large block D
 
*UPT13   5d blue no Stop,   block D S160BQ
 
*UPT13a   5d. do. Stop beneath elongated D, thick 5
 
*UPT13b   5d. do. Stop beneath middle of D, fine 5
 
*UPT13c   5d. do.  Stop beneath upright of D
 

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Belfast Corporation Transport Belfast Arms - CuNi 1970's
*S160CA   BELFAST CORPORATION TRANSPORT.= large S round 22mm
Belfast arms
*S160CB   S 11-sided 22mm
do.
*S160CE   M round (for children's use) 21mm
do.
All have this similar reverse
*S160CC   M round (bought on bus at a premium) 27mm
"used in the 1980's in on-bus Bell Punch Autoslot machines" - a website
do.
*S160CD   M 11-sided 27mm
do.
*--   DROMONA Regd. NORTHERN IRELAND PURE CREAMERY BUTTER in blue & red
BANGOR MAID ENJOY OUR DAIRY ICE CREAM in blue and red
5 used tokens as above in a throw-away advertising cardbord holder
    Perhaps the M and S stands for minor and senior.
The large types were bought singly from the driver at a premium, small ones in bags of 10 from a kiosk in the City centre, shops & drivers. I think round & 11 sided were used as an experiment to test for wear.
A 'set' of 4(!) in a plastic wallet was issued - see Smith.
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Other Belfast Transport - Harland & Wolff aluminium
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*S160AN   an upside down V | B.C.T. | V
an upside down V | H.& W. | V all incuse block letters 29mm Alum
S160AO   but regular letters on obverse (i.e. serif)
 

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A number of badge passes
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eBay   BELFAST CITY TRAMWAYS TO & FROM WORK OR WHEN ON DUTY No 214
SHOULD THIS BADGE BE LOST 2/6 REWARD WILL BE PAID TO FINDER AT TRAMWAY OFFICES SANDY ROW BELFAST red and white enamel
Whytes   TO AND FROM WORK OR WHEN ON DUTY No 90
Belfast City Tramways metal badge, red & white
Whytes   TO & FROM WORK OR WHEN ON DUTY No 644
2/6 REWARD WILL BE PAID TO FINDER AT TRAMWAY OFFICES, SANDY ROW BELFAST etc  red and white enamel (same as prev?)
Whytes   BELFAST CORPN, OFFICIAL TRAINEE No 141 TRANSPORT DEPT red on white enamelled badge
 
*---   BELFAST TRAMWAYS DEPARTMENT SCHOOL BADGE NOT TRANSFERABLE. Childrens pass.
red & white enamelled copper

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Belfast Harbour Commissioners - Ferry Pass
v_bhc ferry pass.jpg Courtesy N. Clarke
    FERRY | B . H . C . | PASS
oval brass

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Belfast Omnibus Company Ltd.
v_boc.jpg v_boc advert-1.jpg Courtesy N. Clarke
    BOC (the O larger than the B and C)
An advertisement shows they were at 106 University Street, Belfast in ..1935..
SEE ALL IRELAND by BOC THE BEST WAY TO TRAVEL
Once in a lifetime you MUST see all the beauty spots in Ulster and the Irish Free State. Make Belfast your Headquarters. Travel B.O.C. and see everything in absolute comfort. With its fleet of 200 Luxury Coaches the Belfast Omnibus Co., Ltd., runs organised excursions to all parts. The B.O.C. Tourist Guide may be obtained free on Application to;-
Belfast Omnibus Co., Ltd., 106 University Street, Belfast Phone - Belfast 6214 (4 lines)

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Belfast Card
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*---   CITYBUS LIMITED card "token"
 

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A "fake" card pass
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*   A "fake" cardboard transport ticket also exists.
The entrance & exit of the Belfast Transport Museum.

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Londonderry (City?)
 
    Bus pass? I was told a Londonderry transport pass was issued, but I've been unable to get a rubbing or further details from the owner.
 

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Ulster Transport Authority
v_uta-1267.jpg Courtesy N. Clarke
Ad--   UTA c/s 1267 (Ulster Transport Authority, Belfast) br holed
(UTA was the inter-town bus transport company)

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Enniskillen & Bundoran
v_e&b-6d.jpg v_e&;b-1s.jpg Courtesy I. Whyte
DL:V4   ENNISKILLEN & BUNDORAN | .RAILWAY. = _._ | HYDE | & | HAYES | _._
TWELVE PENCE = 12 | W.J.TAYLOR MEDALLIST | LONDON (last 2 v.small)
*DL:V4A   similar
similar but SIX PENCE and the last 2 lines curved not straight

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Belfast & Co Down Railway
 
DN:B4   B.&.C.D.R | LIEUT COL A R GORDON DSO DL DIRECTOR
inscribed on collar around open framework showing Belfast arms.
maker's mark W.J.D. and h/m 9ct gold, Birm 1916
Queen's Quay Ballymacarrett (inaug. 1846)

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Great Northern Railway Ireland
v_gnri.jpg Image courtesy Ian Whyte
AN:B26   GREAT NORTn RAILy IRELd (?) gold 15ct. pass (Belfast)
4 A.P.REYNOLDS

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Ballymena Ballymoney Coleraine Junction Railway
v_ballymena railway.jpg Courtesy F. Heaney  
AN:V1   ...BALLYMENA BALLYMONEY, COLERAINE & PORTRUSH JUNCTION RAILWAY ... Ag
 
Ad   do. bz (proof?) Seen at Dublin Collectors fair (Baldwin?) early '90s.
 

Transport - Dublin

Dublin - Transport
United Tramways & Kingstown Gt S&W Gt Southern & Drogheda
Port & Docks Steam Packet Broadstone Inchicore Other Paychecks
T.S.Flood Rathmines East Link West Link Great Eastern

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Dublin United Tramways (renamed CIE 1944)
v_united.jpg v_unit-2.jpg Courtesy I. Whyte
*IN46 #1 DUBLIN UNITED TRAMWAYS COMPANY (1896) Ltd | (SEE BACK) = EMPLOYEE PASS | ...... | OUTSIDE ONLY | ---.---
AVAILABLE ONLY | ON WEEK DAYS ON | COMPANY'S BUSINESS AND | SUBJECT TO ALL CONDITIONS | GOVERNING EMPLOYEES PASSES | ISSUED BY THE COMPANY | G.M.HARRISS | GENERAL | MANAGER 52mm Al
F.E.Dixon stated that the Harriss name dates the piece to 1915-1935.
IN95 #2 same but W.McHUGH | SECRETARY (exists?)
In IN95, Dixon noted that the die had been recut, the last 3 lines on the first replacing W.McHUGH | SECRETARY. Mr McHugh held that position c1915-20.
Why99 #3 a device (a circle crossed by a central bar with two other bars coming out top left and two bottom right) There is Gaelic inscription stamped on the central bar in a wreath. Gold 9ct with suspender.
Image courtesy Ian Whyte - similar logo reused by CIE - see below
To A.P.Reynolds - see GS&WR and GNR for his other pieces.

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T.S. Flood
 
S320A   TS FLOOD | & SON | a coach HANCOCK (?) on side | OMNIBUS c1856
26mm oct Cu?

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Rathmines (Omnibus)
v_rath3d.jpg Image from Ian Whyte
die 1 #1 RATHMINES ASSOCIATION | WATERHOUSE = Bust of Queen Victoria
Truncation of bust between AT and last E of Waterhouse.
Back of neck lines with the beginning of the last E of Waterhouse
TO & FROM | RATHMINES = a large 3 dividing date 1849 in wreath
In silver (about 700 made, 8 exist?), copper proofs (12) & tin (a few) - IN64
die 2 #2 :RATHMINES ASSOCIATION: | :WATERHOUSE: = Bust of Queen Victoria
Truncation between A and S of Waterhouse
As for die 1.
-- #3 A striking (die 1 or 2?) on a William IV groat exists.
 

RAILWAY
Various references

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Dublin & Kingstown Railway
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*---   DUBLIN & KINGSTOWN RAILWAY = an early engine track to UB of DUBLIN and W of RAILWAY 22mm CuNi (or silver?) This appears to be the more common variety. Used c1845 (that's a stain above the chimney & not smoke!)
SECOND CLASS TOKEN in shamrock wreath
*S320B   similar but smaller engine & track to U of DUBLIN & A of RAILWAY
sim to previous. (One is listed in Macalister 963, and D&W18.)
----   FREE | COL. DONOVAN (between lines) | PASS
DUBLIN AND KINGSTOWN * = RAILWAY (last word in semi Gothic script)
35x45mm oval ivory (Illustrated in an auction catalogue.)

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Gt Southern & Western Railway
(no pic)
DW27 #1 Gt SOUTHERN & WESTERN RAILWAY COMP.. IRE.. arms
uni Pb Batty 3928
v_gs&wr-168.jpg v_gs&wr-29.jpg Latter courtesy F. Heaney
*DW28 #2 G.S.&.W.R. c/s 168 beaded
(a stop after &) 31mm uni WM (pewter?)
v_gs&wr-31.jpg Courtesy F. Heaney
---- #2a As previous, stamped 31, but top & bottom cut off.
 
v_gs&wr-483.jpg Courtesy F. Heaney
---- #3 Similar to #2 but lettering more widely spaced and there is a line for the c/s.
 
v_gs&wr-154.jpg
Ad-- #4 G.S.& W.R. c/s 154 beaded border, there is a line for the c/s.
(no stop after &)
v_gs&wr-57.jpg Courtesy F. Heaney
---- #4a As previous, stamped 57, but top & bottom cut off.
 
v_gs&wr-170.jpg
*--- #5 G S & W R c/s 170 beaded border
(no stops between letters) 31mm WM pewter
v_gs&wr-23.jpg v_gs&wr-412.jpg Latter, courtesy F. Heaney
Ad-- #6 G S & W R curved 23
(all c/s uni no beading)
v_gs&wr-4.jpg Courtesy F. Heaney
Ad-- #7 G S & W R straight tiny letters, 4
(all c/s uni no beading)
v_gs&wr-36 diamond.jpg Courtesy Patrick Berwick
v_gs&wr-6 diamond.jpg Courtesy F. Heaney
*-- #8 G.S & W.R | 36 | .... | an ornament
Pierced, diamond shaped.
v_gs&wr-l-906.jpg Courtesy Patrick Berwick
v_gs&wr-l-891.jpg Courtesy F. Heaney
---- #9 G.S & W.R | 906 | .... | L
 
v_gs&wr-129.jpg Courtesy F. Heaney
---- #9a as previous, stamped 129 with top & bottom cut off
 
v_gs&wr-b-938.jpg Courtesy F. Heaney
---- #10 G.S. & W.R. | 938 | .... | B
 
v_gs&wr-w.jpg Courtesy F. Heaney
---- #11 G S & W R | .... | W
oval
v_gs&wr-19.jpg Courtesy F. Heaney
---- #12 G.S & W.R | 19 | ....
Rectangular without top corners
v_gs&wr-866.jpg Courtesy F. Heaney
---- #13 No legend (?) - stamped 866 or 998
 

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Gt Southern Railway
v_gsr-201.jpg v_gsr-216.jpg v_gsr-185.jpg v_gsr-186.jpg Last 2 courtesy F. Heaney
*---- #1 G.S.R. with c/s 201 beaded border uni WM (pewter?)
 
v_gsr-b-1055.jpg Courtesy F. Heaney
Whytes #2 G.S.R. | 1055 | .... | B
 
v_gsr-267.jpg Courtesy F. Heaney
Ad-- #3 G S R & 267 all c/s crudely made no beading
 
v_gsr gold.jpg Image courtesy Ian Whyte
Why99   THE GREAT SOUTHERN RAILWAYS COMPANY on oval belt, 15ct gold. Shield in centre beneath a shamrock, WEST DUBLIN in tiny letters below.
To A.P.Reynolds (see also DUT & GS&WR - passes to same person)

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Broadstone Dublin
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*--- #1 PAY CHECK | 526 (stamped) | R.T.SHOPS BROADSTONE
uniface rectangular aluminium  RT=railway transport?
v_broadstone-68.jpg v_broadstone-1087.jpg
Latter courtesy F. Heaney
*-- #2 PAY CHECK | ??68 | BROADSTONE WORKS.
uniface rectangular pewter (?)

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Inchicore (Dublin)
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Last 3 courtesy F. Heaney
*--- #1 PAY CHECK | 1041 (stamped) | INCHICORE WORKS
bracteate 40x27mm rectangular pewter/zinc?
v_inchicore-137.jpg Courtesy F. Heaney
--- #2 PAY CHECK | 137 | INCHICORE
cut corners
v_pay check-75.jpg Courtesy F. Heaney
--- #2a PAY CHECK | 75 |
Seems to be the same die as the previous one, with INCHICORE removed.
v_inchicore-gswry-131.jpg Courtesy F. Heaney
--- #3 PAY (stamped?) | 131 | G.S.W.Ry INCHICORE WORKS around sides & bottom
 
v_inchicore-gswry-46.jpg Courtesy F. Heaney
--- #4 PAY OFFICE (stamped?) | 46 | G.S.W.Ry INCHICORE WORKS around sides & bottom
 

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Miscellaneous Pay Checks (Dublin?)
v_mech-engr-16784.jpg Courtesy F. Heaney
*-- #1 MECH. ENGR'S DEPT. | (RAIL) | 16784 | PAY CHECK
Similar in style to the above, and from Dublin.
I have nos. 8846, 8847, 8849, 8850, 8851, 8854 & 8856
No. 8854 has K Collins (in script) 1966 scratched on the reverse.
These came from the rail yard in Mullingar.
v_pay check-42.jpg Courtesy F. Heaney
--- #2 PAY CHECK | 42 | (obliterated letters - just the final S showing).
The wide gap between Pay and Check suggests it might be BROADSTONE WORKS.
v_pay check-1060.jpg Courtesy F. Heaney
--- #3 Similar in style to some of the above, and assumed to be GSR or GS&WR.
 

Other Railway

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Dublin & Drogheda
 
DW17   DUBLIN & DROGHEDA RAILWAY Co
early engine

OTHER TRANSPORT RELATED

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Dublin Port & Docks Board
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*IN85 #1 FERRY | D.P & D.B (small &)
uni holed oval br
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*---- #2 FERRY | D.P.& D.B (normal &) | 386
c/s X holed oval br
v_dp&db ferry-78-374.jpg
*---- #3 FERRY | D.P & D.B (normal &) | 78
c/s 374 holed oval pewter?
v_dp&db-1026.jpg
*---- #4 DP & DB crudely stamped | 1026
similar both sides
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*---- #5 DUBLIN PORT & DOCKS BOARD | 4566
similar both sides
v_dp&db-1201.jpg
*---- #6 do. but squatter lettering c/s 1201
Uniface
(no pic)
IN95 #7 P & D
c/s 58
Some of these have been discussed in Irish Numismatics magazine Nos. 85, 88 & 95.

Other transport related

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Dublin Steam Packet
 
S340FA   CITY OF DUBLIN STEAM PACKET COMPY 15 EDEN QUAY 
ov 20x26 br uni

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Car toll tokens
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*---   EAST-LINK across centre, rippled lines filling lower half
CAR | TOLL | TOKEN 27mm br
*---   WEST-LINK across centre, rippled lines filling lower half
CAR TOLL TOKEN ____ = NTR 25mm br

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Great Eastern visit
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*   GREAT EASTERN STEAMSHIP
SOUVENIR OF VISIT TO THE GREAT EASTERN DUBLIN 1886

Transport - Rest of Ireland

Rest of Ireland - Transport
Cork Harbour Cork Electric Tramways Cork Loco Athlunkard Bridge Tolls Buggy Coaches
American Velocipede Other railways MM Ferry Cavan  

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Castlecomer Co. Kilkenny Buggy Coaches
 
Whytes   "Bus checks, circa 1920-40, stated to have been used by Buggy Coaches, Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny, but generic design as used in British Isles brass with stamped numbers 1-10, all with holes as issued, VF (x10)"
 

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Cork Electric Tramways
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S280AA   CORK ELECTRIC TRAMWAYS & LIGHTING Co Ld = STATIC BENE FIDE CARINIS above a tram car, 1897 below
1d 22mm orange pl
S280AB   sim. 22mm light green pl
 
S280AC   sim. 22mm dark green pl
 
*S280AD   sim. 22mm red pl
 

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Cork Loco paycheck
v_cork loco-1045 Courtesy Patrick Berwick
v_cork loco-1057.jpg Courtesy F. Heaney
-   PAY CHECK | 1045 | CORK LOCO
 

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Other Railway
 
Whytes   46 | (LNR) uni pewter (is this what Whytes meant - lot 472 Feb '97?)
 
Whytes   LNWR oct uni br
 
Whytes   PM | 40 | LNE scalloped (are these 3 Irish?)
 

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American Velocipede
 
IN93   AMERICAN VELOCIPEDE | .RAILWAY.= 10 CENTS | ___ | W.S.REEVE in circ
I.C.PARKES in a double circle (from die, c1863-73? Irish? USA?)

Other transport related

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Cork Harbour (ferry token?)
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*DW7
S280GA
  CORK HARBOUR * LABOURERS * = engraved 147
GUILD OF ST. PATRICK St. Patrick with a Celtic cross and church in the background 32mm br

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MM Ferry
 
S992FA   M M FERRY PASS (all incuse) 36mm uni br? Irish?
 

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Athlunkard - Caswell & Atkinson
v_bridge.jpg Courtesy I. Whyte
DW2   ATHLUNKARD | CASWELL & ATKINSON = BRIDGE | TOLLS
CASWELL & ATKINSON = a barred gate

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Cavan, Leitrim & Roscommon
 
-   brass paycheck Cavan Leitrim and Roscommon Lt. Rwy. & Twy Co. Ballinamore. 39
 

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