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18th Oct 2014

Downpatrick & County Down Railway
An outing has been arranged to visit the Downpatrick and County Down Railway (DCDR) in conjunction with the 25th anniversary celebrations of the Irish Traction Group.



The Annual Dinner will take place this year at  
The Grand Hotel, Malahide, Co. Dublin,  
on Monday 24th November at 18.30 for 19.00

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IRRS Journal 183 February 2014


. Work has commenced on the new entrance at the west of the station. It involves constructing a 310m2 building including ticket vending machines, seating and an underground link to connect with the southern end of the existing pedestrian underpass
On 23 October Dublin City Council granted planning permission for the new station between Broombridge and Ashtown but it was subsequently appealed to An Bord Pleanála. Read More.

Lansdowne Rd The bridge structure that supports the Up platform where it crosses the River Dodder was replaced in a full line closure on Saturday 30 November and Sunday 1 December. No trains operated between Pearse and Dún Laoghaire on either day.
Closures On Wednesday 2 October the Tralee Haul Road Level Crossing XT158A, which was located at MP60 close to Tralee Station was permanently closed and decommissioned. This temporary crossing was installed to facilitate construction traffic working on the Tralee By-Pass Road Building Project. All equipment directly associated with the level crossing including the level crossing gates and control pedestal was taken out of use and removed, and the original lineside fencing was reinstated. Stop signal TL267 was relocated 776m closer to Tralee station, back to its original position. Down Distant Signal TLR267 was not moved.
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22000-Class ICR
The programme of converting 3-car and 6-car sets to make up 45 4-car sets commenced in October. IÉs primary objective was to save €3m on fuel and maintenance by running smaller trains and to allow more Mk IV sets to be stored. The re-configuration represented one of the more significant changes to InterCity services for many years due to its effect on passengers. The plan was to re-configure the 234 carriage 22000-class fleet from 48 3-car and 15 6-car sets into 3 and 4-car sets only. This is being achieved by taking 2 intermediate vehicles out of each the 6-car sets and adding one vehicle to 30 3-car sets.
The first sets to be altered were the High Capacity 6-car ICRs, with powered intermediate vehicles 226xx and 227xx being removed. The first conversion was 6-car set 22041 donating two vehicles to 3-car sets 22021 and 22022, resulting in three 4-car sets. The first 4-car set entered traffic on Monday 14 October when 22021 worked the 06:45 Portlaoise-Dublin Heuston, 08:00 Dublin-Cork and 11:20 Cork-Dublin. 4-car set 22022 entered service on the 15:20 Portlaoise-Dublin and then worked the 18:15 Dublin-Westport instead of the usual 6-car set. 4-car set 22041 entered service next day, working the 15:52 Laois Traincare Depot-Dublin and 18:15 Dublin-Westport.

071-Class Work continues on overhauling long out of service locomotives. 085 returned to service in November after major overhaul. On 26 November it ran from Inchicore to Portlaoise PWD yard to work re-laying trains during nights based in Portlaoise.
078, which was stopped on 19 March 2011, returned to service in January after major overhaul including overhauled bogies, body overhaul, replacement of missing parts and re-paint. On Friday 10 January it operated a trial to Sallins and the following week worked a trial with Tara wagons.
Work continues on the major overhaul of 087, the last remaining long-term out of service class member, which was stopped on 17 November 2010. It was released from the paint shop during December after body overhaul and is expected to be back in service by summer.

201-Class 228 was undergoing its 4-year examination in Inchicore in January. 206 suffered a major engine failure at Lisburn on Monday 18 November while working the 13:20 Dublin-Belfast. It was operating in Head End Power mode at the time i.e. the engine was running at full speed all the time regardless of train speed. 209 was dispatched from York Rd to haul it to the depot there. 113 hauled 206 from York Rd to Dublin Connolly on 21 November and later 086 hauled it to Inchicore. It was undergoing a 6-year examination in Inchicore in January

FAI Cup Final Sunday 3 November Sligo Rovers played Drogheda at the Aviva Stadium. An 8-car 12:30 special operated non-stop from Drogheda to Lansdowne Rd. It was formed by sets 29027 + 29008 and passed Connolly at 13:13. The return special from Pearse was at 18:35. A 09:25 6-car Sligo-Connolly special was formed by sets 22019 + 22063. The regular 09:00 Sligo-Connolly was 7 cars, formed by 4-car 22023 + 3-car 22013.
Dublin Docklands Christmas Festival Thursday 12 December A 15:20 Heuston-Connolly special operated. It was formed by 4-car ICR set 22025.
Christmas Additional late night DARTs operated on 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21 December for Christmas revellers. There was a 00:30 Pearse-Howth, 00:35 Pearse-Malahide and 00:30 Connolly-Bray.
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In September the NITHCo Board was advised that the tender process for Coleraine-Londonderry Phase 2 had not led to the appointment of a contractor on value for money grounds and this then caused a delay in the project. Other preparation work continues including for a new passing loop at Bellarena and re-signalling the Coleraine-Derry section in 2015/16. In 2016 an hourly Belfast-Derry service will be introduced. It will require five sets and have a turnaround of 20 minutes in GVS but only 6 minutes in Derry. The latter tight turnaround virtually precludes an additional station at Eglington as it could require an extra train to be held in Derry as well as possible double tracking some miles out from Derry to ensure a robust timetable.

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