CIÉ H Van 18864
At a glance:
|Builder:||Córas Iompair Éireann (Inchicore Works)|
|Original company:||Coras Iompair Éireann|
|Final company:||Iarnród Éireann|
|Arrived at DCDR:||1990|
Our H Van was built in Inchicore in 1953, and over the course of its career could be found on goods trains all cross Ireland, from Derry to Cork, Galway to Belfast and anywhere in between. As well as goods use, they could also be found on permanent way trains as mobile tool stores. 18864 was finally withdrawn from service some time in the late 1980s.
Although many H vans survive today as grounded bodies on farms across the country, ours is the only one that we know of that is preserved in railway use. It arrived in Downpatrick in 1990 along with a former GSWR ballast plough van, and the two vehicles have been paired up for much of their DCDR careers. 18864 was fitted with a generator in the mid-2000s to power the Halloween display at Magnus Grave every year, and soon earned the nickname ‘Roaring Meg’ as a result. 18864 is no longer used as a generator, but still makes the trip to Magnus Grave every Halloween as it is used to store all the required props.