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Away in the lovable west - last summers at Loughrea Frank Haskew 322
Observations and Comments 340
East Cork and a Bit More Ken Fox 341
War and the Weekly Circular - the GS&WR in 1915 Peter Rigney 349
Irish Railway News - Minor 352
The Lough Swilly Revisited Ernie Shepherd 357
Reviews 362
DART Underground and Metro North 364
Irish Railway News - National 366
22nd September 2016 “Digitising the Drawings Archive and More”
13th October 2016 “Irish Trams” – an illustrated presentation by Bill Garrioch
27th October 2016 IRRS 70th Anniversary Supper. 
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10th November 2016 “Valencia Harbour Branch – A 1935 Report”.
21st November 2016 (Monday) Annual Dinner at the Grand Hotel, Malahide Click here for details and booking form
24th November 2016 Member’s Slide Show – Irish & UK subjects only  
08th December 2016 “Carriers, Bailees and Policemen "
13th December 2016 (Tuesday) Christmas Library Night
20th August 2016
Drumawhey Junction Heritage Railway, Co. Down
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Phoenix Park Tunnel 
Work has been going on for some time on refurbishing the Islandbridge-Glasnevin section, which includes the Phoenix Park Tunnel, for the restoration of regular weekday passenger services. Work so far has included embankment work between the tunnel and the former cement sidings at Cabra. The double track tunnel is currently limited to one train per direction as the track was slewed into the centre to permit 9’ 6” high containers and work to restore double track working will take place
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Dublin-Belfast On Sunday 28 June the loop and all points and crossovers at Mosney were permanently taken out of service as part of IÉ’s ongoing policy of reducing the number of points to be maintained on the system. Signals at either end of the loop were removed, as were shunt signals and route indicators on other associated signals.
Dublin-Cork Ballast cleaning work continued during the spring and early summer. On Saturday 6 June ballast cleaner 781 was joined by tamper 743 and regulator 703 and was working on the Up line near Straboe, Portarlington-Portlaoise. The level of disruption was much reduced with Waterford line and Dublin Galway/Mayo Lines services operating to a near normal timetable. Dublin-Cork operated hourly with most Limerick direct services cancelled. Portlaoise commuter services operated to/from Newbridge.

Dublin-Galway On Sunday 9 August, points 286 that connect the Bay platform to the main line at Galway were renewed and re-located 6 metres closer to Galway Station. In preparation on Thursday 6 August, signal GL388 and co-sited shunt signal 388(S) that control movements from the Bay platform in Galway and its associated lineside telephone, were moved 9 metres closer to Dublin. Read More

22000-Class ICR 
Front Ends
201-Class Work continues on repainting Enterprise locomotives in the new livery and on fitting new Man-Machine-Interface (MMI) units for working refurbished De Dietrich carriages. Amongst other items this involves modifying the driver’s centre console to fit the new screen and is being undertaken by CAF in Inchicore. By September 206, 207, 8208, 8209 and 227 had been completed, with work undergoing on 228. This then left 231 and 233 to be fitted.
071-Class The programme of bogie overhaul and body repairs continues. 080 a nd 081 were receiving body overhaul in September. 080 was also receiving a new parking brake (See journal 186). 082 was undergoing bogie overhaul. After about two years out of service 076 has returned to service. On Tuesday 7 July it worked an additional 13:30 Dublin-Ballina IWT liner, returning next day on the 11:40 Ballina Dublin IWT.  
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Mk IV Rostered Sets
Route Clearance In August the fleet was cleared to operate over the Mallow-Tralee, Connolly-Dundalk and Heuston-Connolly (empty transfers only) lines. Due to short platforms Mk IV trains may serve Millstreet, Killarney and Tralee on the Tralee line and Connolly, Howth Junction, Drogheda and Dundalk on the Belfast line.
Mk III Further vehicles have been transported from North Wall to Scotland for refurbishment for the Belmond Luxury Train. Ten vehicles were in Scotland with the eleventh remaining in North Wall by early September
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Reliefs Reliefs continue to be run as required. The most regular relief was a 5-car ICR Fridays Only 13:50 Dublin-Limerick Junction ahead of the 14:00 Dublin-Cork. The reason for this is that the 14:00 is rostered for only a 4-car ICR. The empty train returned empty at 15:35 before forming the 17:25 Dublin-Limerick.
Timetable Alterations As a consequence of the closure of Mosney loop several changes were made to Monday-Friday trains from Monday 29 June. The 14:44 Pearse-Balbriggan that ran empty from Balbriggan to Mosney where it stabled before returning as the 15:56 empty Mosney-Balbriggan to take up the 16:06 Balbriggan-Connolly was altered to operate as a service train to Drogheda from whence it returned as the 15:50 Drogheda-Connolly. The 17:49 Balbriggan-Mosney and 18:00 Mosney-Balbriggan empty trains were cancelled.
2016 Timetable In July IÉ said that “planning for a January 2016 timetable change is commencing. Work on the 10-minute DART frequency has taken place, and work on other areas of the network will also take place.

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  Belfast-The Border On Wednesday 12 August a GM locomotive ran over the Up line in both the Up and Down directions between Portadown and Poyntzpass from 09:00 to 15:30 for load testing at the Brackagh Bog. A temporary speed limit has applied here between MP85-851/2 after flooding on 14 November 2014 (See Journal 186). Other trains ran bi-directionally over the Down line during the testing.
Belfast-Larne The Whitehead-Larne Harbour section was closed from 22:45 Friday 21 August after the passing of the 22:25 from Larne Harbour to facilitate the replacement of Glynn Bridge and the replacement of a culvert at Maheramorne. It re-opened at 05:00 on Monday 31 August. Normal services operated Belfast–Whitehead on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 August, with a temporary timetable for the following Monday-Friday. There was bus substitution Whitehead-Larne.
Level Crossings On 13 June User Worked Crossings at Molly Orr's (XL195, MP771/2) and Brolley's (XL197, MP781/2) were permanently closed. On 22 August Faughanvale (XL209, MP84) was permanently closed. All are in the Castlerock-Londonderry section.
Procurement NIR has advertised for framework agreements for civil and structural design services over a 4 year period. The estimated value of all contracts was £5m. They also advertised for the provision of routine maintenance, replacement and emergency repair works to structures on the network. The estimated value of the contract was put at £1.2m per annum, with the contract for 2 years but extendable to 6 years.
Progress Rail Services UK, Nottingham, has been awarded a contract for the supply of points and crossovers. NK Fencing Ltd., Carrickfergus, has been awarded a contract for the maintenance and renewal of all security fencing on the network.
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