Retro 071: The ‘Retro’
liveried class leader 071 was busy from October to January. On Thursday 13
October 2016, it worked 8 empty HOBS wagons from Portarlington to Platin
for loading and then dropping on the Navan Branch.
On Monday 17 October, it worked
11:00 Platin –
Heuston per way train, then the following day to Thurles from North Wall
with 11 empty spoil wagons.
It remained in Limerick area from 22
October after working the RPSI Special from Dublin Connolly via Athenry.
It remained working there for a number of weeks.
On 23 November, it worked 3 empty
timber 10:00 Limerick to Waterford and returned 13:15 Waterford to
Limerick with 1 CPW and 1 empty timber wagon.
By 20 December, it was on the Tara
Mines working with 077, being observed on 29 December on the 09:20 Tara
Alexandra Dock Road and 14:00 return
Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems (UK) won a tender calling for the fitting of
sanding equipment to the 201 fleet. This is to be fitted after the 2600
fleet has been fully fitted.
was adorned with IWT logos for a photoshoot at North Wall. It worked the
09:35 North Wall – Ballina IWT on Tuesday 4 October 2016. The logos were
only applied on one end and removed a week later.
suffered a cracked windscreen on Wednesday 5 October 2016, the damage
occurring whilst working the 17:00 Heuston – Cork. The train terminated
in Ballybrophy, with 3-piece ICR 22047 working onwards. The Mark 4 set
(4007) then worked the 18:25 Portlaoise – Heuston local service, calling
at Portarlington, Kildare, Newbridge and Heuston (in place of 22047). Read More
additional set has been brought back into traffic, making the 08:00/16:00
Heuston – Cork and the 11:20/19:20 Cork – Heuston Mark IV operation.
The table below shows the workings now in the hands of Mark IVs:
08:00, 09:00, 11:00, 13:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00, 18:00, 19:00 ex
08:00, 09:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00 (FO) 15:00, 16:00, 17:00,
18:00, 19:00 (FX)
12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00,
19:00 ex Heuston
09:20, 10:20, 11:20, 12:20, 14:20, 16:20, 18:20, 20:20 ex Cork
09:20, 10:20, 11:20, 12:20, 14:20, 15:20, 16:20, 17:20 (FO) 18:20,
20:20 ex Cork
10:20, 12:20, 13:20, 15:20, 16:20, 17:20, 18:20, 19:20 ex Cork
Friday 23 December, all seven MkIV sets were in traffic for the first time
since November 2012. This was due to increased demand on the last Friday
before Christmas. The seventh set is nominated as maintenance spare and
not normally used.
2601+2602 transferred to Limerick Depot for a B-exam on Wednesday 13
October 2016, working as the 20:30 Cork – Limerick Ety.
The 2600 class railcars have been retrofitted with an on-board sanding
system. It is a fully automatic variable rate system with an additional
Due to the Ballast Cleaning requiring 8-pice ICR formations (that cannot
call at Ballybrophy), the Ballybrophy-Limerick service was extended to
Portlaoise on 29/30 October, 5 November, and 5 December for all services,
connecting into the Cork services. This requires an empty trip to
Portarlington between runs, due to the signalling layout at Portlaoise.
2807+2808 were noted on 5 November.
The ICR fleet is currently going through an external deep clean, with the
appearance of such sets being far brighter than previously. Sets so far
observed are: 22010, 22027, 22019, 22058, 22006, 22061 and vehicle 22331.
In addition, the fleet are slowly getting blue seat-back tables, to reduce
the appearance of dirt. Sets so far treated are: 22001, 22002, 22005,
22007, 22010, 22019, 22027, 22031, 22038, 22047, 22061.
The fleet is gaining internal UIC numbers displayed over the cab doors,
replacing the previous style. It appears that only the number above the
cab doors are being done, with other numbers left in the original style.
The replay of the All Ireland Final between Dublin and Mayo resulted in an
interesting day on the “Mayo Road“. The day started with the 06:20
Belmond Charter from Roscommon to Heuston. It had overnighted at
Roscommon. The 09:08 Athlone to Westport crossed a number of trains with
GAA supporters. At the very long loop in Ballyhaunis it crossed the 09:05
special from Ballina (3-car ICR Set 22048). In Claremorris there were two
crossings, the regular 09:45 and the special at 10:05 from Westport. Both
these trains were 4+3-car ICRs. The 09:08 was held from 10:16 until 10:43.
6 November 2016:
The FAI Cup Final Cork City v Dundalk at the Aviva Stadium was on this
Sunday. Although it was the same teams as 2015, the rail arrangements were
slightly different. The 08:05 and 09:10 from Cork (4-car and 3-car) ran
through to Lansdowne Road. From Dundalk traffic was very heavy. The 11:50
and 12:05 specials ran through to Grand Canal Dock and both were 8-car
29000 railcars. The 11:50 operated to the No. 3 platform (southbound
platform) and then went empty into the Down Loop en-route to Connolly. The
12:05 was probably the first scheduled train to arrive on Platform 2
Operations IWT Container Trains
the increased capacity of the DFDS liner requiring the spare rake of LX
flat wagons, the additional Tuesday/Wednesday IWT Liner now uses the
Container Pocket Wagons. They transferred from Waterford on Saturday 5
December with 084 providing traction. They were in service the next week,
with 075 being noted hauling them through Newbridge as part of the 08:15
Ballina – North Wall.
speed limit from Hazelhatch to the Curragh Curves outside Kildare has been
increased to a consistent 100mph, compared to the previous fluctuations
between 90 and 100mph.
automatic signals (PL101, PL103 and PL102, PL104 and their associated
distant signals) between Laois Traincare Depot and Ballybrophy have been
renewed with LED signal heads. Read More