While some of you were gadding round Britain either filming GBX or aboard, some of us crossed the Irish Sea for RPSI's annual long weekend. This year I gave the positioning run from Whitehead to Dublin and the diesel-hauled day trip to Killarney a miss, settling for the three days of the core tour: Dublin via Athenry to Limerick on Saturday, Limerick via Waterford and Killarney to Dublin on Sunday, and Dublin to Whitehead on Monday. As with many trips in Britain we had a loco substitution, no. 85 Merlin suffering an overheated middle big-end (presumably on the Thursday), leaving no. 4 to do the business throughout the three days on its own, but it did splendidly. Someone commented that no.4 must be the fastest tank engine in the world. I have no opinion on that, having timed between quarter-mile posts only on a few occasions and only roughly. At some of the stations many locals turned out to watch but I saw only a few serious photters. It would be good to see any of their efforts here.