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. Read More
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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. ”
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.
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.
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.
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
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