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Journal Index Library Archive Membership History Dublin Events Munster Events London Events IRRS Publications                                                   
The Irish Railway Diaries of G J Aston – 1950   66
Obituary – Pat Jennings   87
Reviews   89
The Railway Press in 1916 – A study and analysis Tim Moriarty 91
Irish Railway News – Minor Railways   98
Observations and Comments    100
Between Drumcondra and Glasnevin – a reflection Michael H C Baker 102
Closure of the County Donegal Railways’ Rail System R Maund 110
RAF wagons on the Dublin & Blessington Tramway Revd Dr Norman Gamble 111
Dublin’s Railway Termini – a comparative overview Paul Taylor 112
Writings on Irish Railways 2015 TF Wall & AJ O'Rourke 118
Irish Railway News – National   120
27th Apr Slideshow: “Classic Irish Steam” 
superbly photographed by Messrs Clements, Morris and Macartney Robbins,
9th May IRRS Annual General Meeting (postponed from 23rd March)
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Saturday 20th May Outing to the Waterford Greenway (former Waterford – Mallow Line)
A visit to the recently opened Waterford (Déise) Greenway at
Kilmacthomas and Durrow, Co. Waterford. (Click Here for Booking Form)
Saturday 12th August Railtour from Dublin Connolly to Howth and Sligo.
The requested motive power is a GM 071 Class locomotive throughout, with a locomotive change requested in Howth. (Click Here for Booking Form)
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INFRASTRUCTURE Dublin-Cork The ballast cleaning programme for 2016 resumed in March, starting with the section across the Curragh, MP25¼ to MP29½, when the Down line was under possession. Single Line Working over the Up line was in place. Since then, worked has continued on selected Saturdays and also Sunday 1 May, with the Down line, from MP32¾ to MP36½ and MP38¾ to MP40 in the Cherryville Junction - Portarlington section, being tackled over various weekends. The usual train arrangements applied, as described in previous Journals last year. The Cork sets are made up to 8-piece ICR’s. These are too long for the platform at Ballybrophy, so passengers to and from the Nenagh line cannot transfer there.
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Grand Canal Dock The City Centre Resignalling Project, Phase 3, Stage 8, involving track and signalling alterations  between  North of Tara Street and Sandymount, was brought  into use over an extended possession on the June Holiday weekend. The outer face of the Up island platform at Grand Canal Dock is not yet in use. Slewing of the Up line into this platform is scheduled for a later stage of the project, at which time a buffer stop will installed at the Lansdowne Road end of inner face of this platform, on what will then be a central reversing track. The Down loop has, however, been brought into use again

WESTERN RAIL CORRIDOR Limerick - Ennis Line The Limerick – Ennis line was re-opened on Tuesday 17 May, having been closed for 5 months on account of flooding at Ballycar. This line is constantly in the news and part of the programme for government includes re-opening the section from Athenry to Claremorris. An economist writing in the Sunday papers stated that he was ashamed to be part of the government apparatus approving the spending on the Western Rail Corridor. He went on to state that it cost €105m to operate, with passenger numbers pitiful, amounting to about 1000 per week. In an interesting reply the following week, it was pointed out that annual projections for Iarnród Éireann had been 169,000 for the Galway - Limerick route. Actual numbers achieved were 220,000 in 2014 and 270,000 in 2015. Passenger projections for the “new” section between Athenry and Ennis had been 100,000. Actual passenger numbers in 2014 were 50,000 but in 2015 reached 102,000, according to IÉ. A recent survey by the NTA found that on a given day 886 passengers boarded 10 trains on the entire route. Read More

Passenger Operations.
On 27 May, Bruce Springsteen was playing in Croke Park and Ireland had a friendly soccer match against the Dutch at the Aviva Stadium. Most trains coming into Dublin were very busy, although the preferred option for many travellers was car or bus, judging by the high volumes on the approaches to the city. On the railways, many trains were strengthened, the 13:20 from Cork was 229 + 7 Mk IV, DT 4004, and the 09:05 from Tralee (4-car ICR set 26) was extended from Mallow through to Heuston; the 09:45 from Westport had a 4-car ICR added at Athlone, making it 7-car, and the 11:20 from Cork was a 7-car ICR. There was also a relief to the 12:20 ex Cork, which consisted of 219 + 7 Mk IV, DT 4002), the relief leaving Mallow at 12:38 (ICR 4-car set 22).
Freight Operations
DFDS has doubled capacity on its intermodal rail service from Waterford Port to Ballina commencing March 2016, with the introduction of a second round trip weekly. DFDS believe the time is right to offer this increased intermodal service to its customers. The new capacity will benefit customers in the west and north west of Ireland in particular, providing them with a cost effective alternative when compared with a road-based shipping option, as well as a reduced carbon footprint. Read More

TRANSLINK Heritage Transllnk has uncovered historic remnants of Belfast’s first ever railway station complex during demolition works for the Belfast Hub Regeneration Project. The discovery of original cast iron columns and arches, identical to those used in the Great Northern Railway terminus at Great Victoria Street, was made within large warehouse sheds situated on the main project construction site along the Grosvenor Road in Belfast city centre. These goods sheds were originally used by freight trains from all over Ireland carrying produce such as cattle and stout. Translink is donating the salvaged components to the heritage Downpatrick and County Down Railway for its own restoration project in which it hopes to recreate a Victorian-style train shed at its Downpatrick station.

Subject to planning and funding approvals, the construction work at Belfast Hub is due to commence in 2018.

Railway Herald. Issue 501.  4 May 2016.

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