Not sure how much history I can go back to, but I had made a number of distinct 'remove's before that fatal reboot.
Anyway, situation is a bit worse now, can't get to any of the other tty sessions. So I will reburn the dvd iso and do the repair from there. About to yum groupinstall 'X Windows Server'
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Booted up the live cd, mounted the old root partion and did a chroot to it.
Then I did a yum groupinstall 'X Window System'
followed by a reboot. That did the trick.
Now to go back and start removing all the redundand packages again