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The Irish Railway Diaries of G J Aston
Irish Railway News – Industrial and Minor Railways  
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The Role of the IRRS in Railway Heritage Tim Moriarty
Ladies on the Footplate Andrew J Waldron
The Best of David Boyle Ciarán Cooney
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IRRS Journal 185 October 2014


Cross City Centre Re-signalling Track work has started in the Grand Canal Dock area as part of Phase 3 of the City Centre Re-signalling Project. On Monday 7 July 085 + 5 bogies worked a mixed materials train for rationalization work at Grand Canal Dock
Cherryville Junction The CTC interlocking for Cherryville Junction, which controls the crossover and turnout from the Dublin-Cork line to the Waterford line, was installed in 1976 and is showing its age. With increasing numbers of faults it is now becoming necessary to replace it at an estimated cost of €3m. Read More

Cork On Sunday 13 July the former Guinness siding was permanently taken out of use, with No. 536 points converted from a crossover to a turnout and trap.
Limerick Further track rationalisation has taken place. On Sunday 20 July the direct link between platform No. 1 and the Main Down Siding (Back Road Siding) was removed along with removal of associated shunt signals. The turnout from the Main Down Siding to the gantry sidings (Container Terminal Nos. 2 and 3) was removed. Hand-points to Container Terminal Siding No. 1 (Mattersons Bank Siding) were renewed.
In September the Middle Siding, which was located between platforms 2 and 3, was removed along with associated points and shunt signals.
Limerick-Waterford Track on the main and loop lines through Clonmel station has been re-laid with continuously welded rail (CWR) on concrete sleepers. Crossovers and turnouts have also been renewed. The Up siding has been shortened to 250m. Redundant track has been removed from Carrick-on-Suir and the single track through the station is also CWR on concrete sleepers.  Read More

22000-Class ICR Route Clearance Non-passenger carrying 12-car 22000-class sets have been cleared to operate between Dublin Heuston and Laois Traincare Depot. All loops en route are long enough, except Portlaoise Station Loop which can only accommodate 11 cars. The class has been cleared to operate on NIR. This will provide additional flexibilities in case of failure with existing De Dietrich Enterprise trains instead of using low quality suburban 29000-class railcars. On many occasions, passengers paying first class fares had to travel in 29000-class railcars while at the same time ICRs operated suburban services such as to M3 Parkway. It will also be useful when the De Dietrich sets have to be replaced to allow forthcoming mid-life refurbishment. Routes cleared were Dundalk-Belfast (Great Victoria St & Central)-York Road-Bleach Green-Antrim and Antrim-Knockmore-Lisburn.

22000-Class Links The re-forming of ICR sets into 3-car, 4-car and 5-car sets has been followed by much more flexible operation of trains to meet demand for special occasions and busy periods that was lacking when ICRs were either just a 3-car or 6-car formation. It is now possible to see 3-car, 4-car, 5-car, 6-car, 7-car and 8-car formations regularly, restoring flexibility last seen when locomotive hauled Mk III carriages dominated operations. Formations up to 7-car are permitted on most radial routes from Dublin (see Journal 183 for list) and 8-car is permitted on the Dublin-Cork route. 7-car formations are not generally seen on the Dublin-Waterford route due to platform lengths in Kilkenny. Read More

071-Class 086 has returned to service and work is nearing completion on 087. 081 is due out next from Inchicore.
201-Class 226 is undergoing its 6-yearly overhaul in Inchicore. 2-yearly overhauls have been completed on 215 and 228.
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Mk IV The active Mk IV fleet during the summer consisted of three sets in daily service and one undergoing maintenance and also acting as spare (see Journal 184). The fourth set was regularly pressed into service during the summer, particularly at weekends, as noted below. Two further Mk IV sets are planned to be returned to regular service from storage to allow for release of a 4-car 29000-class railcar and an ICR for fitting out with the hybrid CAWS/ATP equipment (See Journal 184).
Mk III On Sunday 17 August 8208 worked another 07:30 Dundalk-Adelaide Mk III transfer. The next day 8208 worked an Electric Generator Van Dundalk-North Wall. They were seen passing Donabate at 12:25. On arrival in North Wall, 4 Mk III carriages were added and the train worked a 14:00 North Wall-Inchicore transfer. These Mk IIIs are being retained for possible use on a private venture “luxury tour” train in future Read More

Irish Open The Irish Open Golf Tournament took place at Fota Island between Thursday 19 June and Sunday 22 June. Cork-Cobh services were strengthened to 4-car 2600-class sets operating half-hourly 07:00-20:00 and over 200 trains called at Fota during the tournament.
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Level Crossings More User Worked Crossings on the Londonderry line have been permanently closed. They were XL169 Cannings at MP71 on 28 June and XL28 Hills at MP273/4 on 16 August. A new temporary User Worked Crossing XLT206A was brought into use at Carrickhue MP821/2 Bellarena-Derry on 29 September.
Knockmore-Lurgan This section suffers from failed ballast with muck spots often visible. The failed ballast has to be removed before new ballast can be laid. NIR has advertised for the provision of a track mounted ballast cleaning machine completed with vehicle operatives. It is required to have a cutter chain depth of 300mm and 150 linear metres/hour output. Work is anticipated to commence in late summer 2015, with an approximate overall duration of 24 months.

GVS Transport Hub A design team of Arup, Lead Architect Hiro Aso and John McAslan and Partners has been appointed. They have an extensive experience in transport projects including Kings Cross Station in London. Construction is expected to commence in 2016/17 subject to securing the appropriate funding and planning permissions
GAA Special A routine Belfast Central-Dublin Connolly GAA special operated on Sunday 21 September at 09:22 as a relief to the 10:00 Belfast-Dublin Enterprise. While carrying passengers and not exclusively a timing trial, the opportunity was used to see what the non-stop journey time would be if the train were guaranteed an unobstructed run but yet sticking rigidly to existing permanent and temporary speed restrictions. The train consisted of 3-car CAF set 3003 and took 1 hour 42 minutes. Read More

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