August, newspapers reported that IÉ had applied to the NTA to cut
frequencies of InterCity services to/from Dublin. Eight InterCity journeys
out of one hundred and sixty mere mentioned. The context was that the
number of rail passengers has dropped by 25% over the last five years due
to recession and to faster and cheaper services on the new motorway
network. IÉ said “Where there are trains that are greatly
under-utilised, it may be necessary for us to amend the schedules
accordingly. Regarding the Dublin-Sligo line IÉ said
"The busiest times daily are the commuting focused hours (morning
arrivals into Dublin, afternoon/ early evening departures from Dublin),
and Friday afternoon (Dublin-Sligo) and Sunday afternoon (Sligo-Dublin),
would be the busiest times of the week. Journeys beyond the commuter belt
on the 19:05 would be very low, indicating a limited demand for late
evening services at present." IÉ said 1.23m passenger journeys were
made on the line in 2011 and that "year-to-date 2012 sees demand
071-Class Body rebuilding work continues on 087 in Inchicore.
201-Class In September, 228 was undergoing its 4-yearly overhaul. 223 was a
bout to have its 2-yearly overhaul finished.
22000-Class ICRs On Friday 17 August, 3-car sets 22010 and 22011 were delivered to Dublin
Port. They remained in Dublin Port until hauled to Heuston Station by 082 the
following Tuesday. The sets had been returned to Rotem following discovery of
corrosion damage caused by contaminants aboard the ship delivering them to
Dublin 4 years earlier.
Set 22060 entered traffic on Thursday 12
July and 22061 entered service on Wednesday 18 July. This left 3-car sets 22059,
22010 and 22011 to enter service at time of going to press.
NOTICE TO MEMBERS - PayPal
You may now pay your annual subscription
to the IRRS through PayPal. Should you wish to to use this facility simply
send your email address to firstname.lastname@example.org
The following sets had been withdrawn from traffic and stored by
Monday 25 June: 2701/02, 2703/04, 2705/06, 2709/10, 2713/14, 2717/18,
2721/20, 2723/26, 2753 and 2609/2716. This left the following sets
available for service: 2707/08, 2711/12, 2715/24, 2719/22 and 2751.
final members of the class were withdrawn from traffic and stored after
three sets (2711/12, 2715/24, 2719/22) had been retained for the Volvo
Ocean Boat Race and Galway Race Festival in July and early August 2012.
The last passenger working of the class was on Friday 10 August. Read
In advance of the leaf fall season NIR’s Sandite train
operated crew training and trial runs on the Larne line, commencing with
York Rd-Whitehead and return on Tuesday 11 September. The train consists
of 8090 + 8097 + 8752 + 8094, the same vehicles as finished last year’s
operations. Spray equipment is located in 8097, which is
painted all-over yellow Read
of the class remained stored as noted in JOURNAL 178.
Set usage has gone
down with the introduction of more 4000-class sets. Spare sets are
regularly stored at Adelaide but are rotated into and out of service to
keep them fully available.
The final set, 4020,
was delivered to Belfast on Tuesday 3 July and entered service on Monday 3
September. Set 4016 entered service on Monday 30 July and set 4017 on
Tuesday 28 August. The final sets were cleared for service in August, with
sets 4018 and 4019 entering service on Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19
September respectively.Read More
first of the Mk III Electric Generator Vans (EGV) providing light, heat
and power supplies to De Dietrich carriages entered service on Monday 10
September when 89604 (formerly 7604, full European Vehicle Number (EVN)
55-60-89-89604-8) was included in the consist of the 06:50 Belfast-Dublin.
It is anticipated that the reliability of locomotives will improve as they
will not have to operate the engine continuously at full speed of 900rpm
to provide 50Hz electricity (Head End Power) regardless of locomotive
speed. Read More