Irish Railway Record Society

Journal Index Library Archive Membership History Dublin Events Munster Events London Events IRRS Publications                                                   
A Tale of Three Sidings   194
St. John’s Siding, Enniscorhty Norman Campion 195
Athy Brick Yard Siding Barry Carse & Michael Walsh 200
Sroughmore Siding Michael Walsh 202
Obituaries    208
IRRS London Area Meeting at Irish Embassy in London 212
The Rush Derailment, 5 January 1963 Aidan Langley 214
Achill Branch Communications Tom Wall 222
Passenger Services through the Phoenix Park Tunnel Alan O’Rourke 227
The Boyne Viaduct – Heritage Award Oliver Doyle 231
GSR Special Arigna to Adoon, June 14 1936 Michael Davies 232
Tramways restored – the story of a library book Tim Moriarty 234
70th Anniversary Supper – Dublin   236


Observations and Comments   238
Irish Railway News   239
26th August 2017
IRRS Open Day, 11:00 – 17:00, in conjunction with National Heritage Week.
7th September 2017 “Dead End Branch Lines” – a nostalgic slideshow of the branch lines of CIÉ during the 1950s & 60s presented by Leslie Hyland
22nd September 2017
IRRS Open Evening, 19:00 – 21:30, in conjunction with Culture Night.
28th September 2017 “Railways are Inherently Unsafe, They Have to be Kept Safe” – an illustrated talk about safety on the railway by Sean Heneghan (retired Technical Manager, Chief Mechanical Engineers Department, Inchicore Works, Iarnród Éireann)
12th October 2017 Enlisting in Armies; Irish Railwaymen, 1914 to 1923 – an illustrated presentation by Peter Rigney
26th October 2017 Member’s Slide Show – Irish & UK subjects only – presenters limited to 20 images – strictly 10 minutes per person (please contact the Hon. Programme Organiser, Shane Roberts, before this date if you wish to present slides)
9th November 2017 “Life on the Railway in County Laois” – an illustrated presentation by Seán Cain
23rd November 2017 Illustrated Historical Quiz night + prizes to be won! – Another fascinating photo-quiz devised and hosted by Ciarán Cooney and Shane Roberts.
27th November 2017
IRRS Annual Dinner at Wynn’s Hotel, Abbey St., Dublin at 18:30 
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Saturday 30th September 2017 Outing to Enniskillen
To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the closure of the GNRI / SLNCR railways of Fermanagh and the Border counties on 30th Sept 1957.
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LOCOMOTIVES 071-class: Retro 071: The Retro liveried class leader 071 was busy from October to January. On Thursday 13 October 2016, it worked 8 empty HOBS wagons from Portarlington to Platin for loading and then dropping on the Navan Branch. On Monday 17 October, it worked 11:00 Platin Heuston per way train, then the following day to Thurles from North Wall with 11 empty spoil wagons. It remained in Limerick area from 22 October after working the RPSI Special from Dublin Connolly via Athenry. It remained working there for a number of weeks. On 23 November, it worked 3 empty timber 10:00 Limerick to Waterford and returned 13:15 Waterford to Limerick with 1 CPW and 1 empty timber wagon. By 20 December, it was on the Tara Mines working with 077, being observed on 29 December on the 09:20 Tara Mines Alexandra Dock Road and 14:00 return
201-class: Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems (UK) won a tender calling for the fitting of sanding equipment to the 201 fleet. This is to be fitted after the 2600 fleet has been fully fitted. 231 was adorned with IWT logos for a photoshoot at North Wall. It worked the 09:35 North Wall – Ballina IWT on Tuesday 4 October 2016. The logos were only applied on one end and removed a week later.
229 suffered a cracked windscreen on Wednesday 5 October 2016, the damage occurring whilst working the 17:00 Heuston – Cork. The train terminated in Ballybrophy, with 3-piece ICR 22047 working onwards. The Mark 4 set (4007) then worked the 18:25 Portlaoise – Heuston local service, calling at Portarlington, Kildare, Newbridge and Heuston (in place of 22047). Read More

COACHING STOCK MkIV News: An additional set has been brought back into traffic, making the 08:00/16:00 Heuston – Cork and the 11:20/19:20 Cork – Heuston Mark IV operation. The table below shows the workings now in the hands of Mark IVs:

Monday -Thursday

Friday -Saturday


07:00, 08:00, 09:00, 11:00, 13:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00, 18:00, 19:00 ex Heuston

07:00, 08:00, 09:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00 (FO) 15:00, 16:00, 17:00, 18:00, 19:00 (FX)

ex Heuston

10:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00,  19:00 ex Heuston

07:00, 09:20, 10:20, 11:20, 12:20, 14:20, 16:20, 18:20, 20:20 ex Cork

07:00, 09:20, 10:20, 11:20, 12:20, 14:20, 15:20, 16:20, 17:20 (FO) 18:20, 20:20 ex Cork

08:20, 10:20, 12:20, 13:20, 15:20, 16:20, 17:20, 18:20, 19:20 ex Cork

On Friday 23 December, all seven MkIV sets were in traffic for the first time since November 2012. This was due to increased demand on the last Friday before Christmas. The seventh set is nominated as maintenance spare and not normally used. 
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RAILCARS Class 2600: 2601+2602 transferred to Limerick Depot for a B-exam on Wednesday 13 October 2016, working as the 20:30 Cork – Limerick Ety.
Sanding Equipment: The 2600 class railcars have been retrofitted with an on-board sanding system. It is a fully automatic variable rate system with an additional manual function.
Class 2800: Due to the Ballast Cleaning requiring 8-pice ICR formations (that cannot call at Ballybrophy), the Ballybrophy-Limerick service was extended to Portlaoise on 29/30 October, 5 November, and 5 December for all services, connecting into the Cork services. This requires an empty trip to Portarlington between runs, due to the signalling layout at Portlaoise. 2807+2808 were noted on 5 November.
Class 22000 ICR: The ICR fleet is currently going through an external deep clean, with the appearance of such sets being far brighter than previously. Sets so far observed are: 22010, 22027, 22019, 22058, 22006, 22061 and vehicle 22331. In addition, the fleet are slowly getting blue seat-back tables, to reduce the appearance of dirt. Sets so far treated are: 22001, 22002, 22005, 22007, 22010, 22019, 22027, 22031, 22038, 22047, 22061.
The fleet is gaining internal UIC numbers displayed over the cab doors, replacing the previous style. It appears that only the number above the cab doors are being done, with other numbers left in the original style.
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Passenger Operations.
Saturday 1 October 2016: The replay of the All Ireland Final between Dublin and Mayo resulted in an interesting day on the “Mayo Road“. The day started with the 06:20 Belmond Charter from Roscommon to Heuston. It had overnighted at Roscommon. The 09:08 Athlone to Westport crossed a number of trains with GAA supporters. At the very long loop in Ballyhaunis it crossed the 09:05 special from Ballina (3-car ICR Set 22048). In Claremorris there were two crossings, the regular 09:45 and the special at 10:05 from Westport. Both these trains were 4+3-car ICRs. The 09:08 was held from 10:16 until 10:43. .
Sunday 6 November 2016:
The FAI Cup Final Cork City v Dundalk at the Aviva Stadium was on this Sunday. Although it was the same teams as 2015, the rail arrangements were slightly different. The 08:05 and 09:10 from Cork (4-car and 3-car) ran through to Lansdowne Road. From Dundalk traffic was very heavy. The 11:50 and 12:05 specials ran through to Grand Canal Dock and both were 8-car 29000 railcars. The 11:50 operated to the No. 3 platform (southbound platform) and then went empty into the Down Loop en-route to Connolly. The 12:05 was probably the first scheduled train to arrive on Platform 2 (terminating platform).
Freight Operations IWT Container Trains  With the increased capacity of the DFDS liner requiring the spare rake of LX flat wagons, the additional Tuesday/Wednesday IWT Liner now uses the Container Pocket Wagons. They transferred from Waterford on Saturday 5 December with 084 providing traction. They were in service the next week, with 075 being noted hauling them through Newbridge as part of the 08:15 Ballina – North Wall. Read More

INFRASTRUCTURE Track: The speed limit from Hazelhatch to the Curragh Curves outside Kildare has been increased to a consistent 100mph, compared to the previous fluctuations between 90 and 100mph.
The automatic signals (PL101, PL103 and PL102, PL104 and their associated distant signals) between Laois Traincare Depot and Ballybrophy have been renewed with LED signal heads. Read More

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