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JOURNAL 184 Contents
“Vico Day” Les Hyland
Reviews   
Obituary  
The Castlecomer Branch Barry Carse
Observations and Errata  
No. 463 in Skibbereen  
A First Visit to Ireland – 65 years ago Neil Sprinks
Dublin North Resignalling  
The GS&WR and the Great War – 2014 Peter Rigney
Writings on Irish Railways 2013 T F Wall & A O'Rourke 
Irish Railway News – Industrial and Minor Railways  
Irish Railway News – National  
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IRRS Journal 184 June 2014


NEWS

SIGNALLING
Cross City Centre Re-signalling The EU will co-finance a study to design the new signalling system between Connolly and Sandymount with €1.4m from the TEN-T Programme as part of “Railway / road axis Ireland / United Kingdom / continental Europe” (TEN-T Priority Project 26.
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INFRASTRUCTURE  
Dublin-Belfast The switch diamond points in the middle of the junction at Howth Junction have been speed restricted from some time. They were renewed in a line closure on Easter Sunday 20 April. No DART services ran north of Connolly. Bus substitutions were provided for Enterprise services between Drogheda and Connolly and for Commuter services between Malahide and Connolly.
Mallow-Tralee The Killarney-Tralee section was closed between 09:30 and 16:30 on the following dates in March to allow tree felling: Tuesday 4 - Friday 7, Tuesday 11 - Thursday 13, Tuesday 18 - Thursday 20 and Tuesday 25 - Thursday 27. Bus transfers operated.
Drogheda-Navan Panel re-laying using the Donnelli Gantries took place in March.
Dublin-Cork On Sunday 23 March, the points connecting to the Conniberry Sidings (Portlaoise PW Depot), No. 826, were converted to electric operation. The mechanical ground frame that operated the points and associated shunt signals was replaced by a new electronic control panel located in an adjacent lockable box. Existing position light shunt signals GF4 and GF 5 were replaced with new LED type directional position light shunt signals in the same locations and bearing the same signal numbers. Read More

RAILCARS
2600/2800 Classes  As part of a fuel saving initiative, a modification has being installed on the 2600/2800 fleet to automatically shut down generator engines after the driver deactivates the key in the master controller. Where two generator engines are running one will shut down after 3 minutes and the second engine will shut down after 60 minutes. To conserve battery efficiency, a subsequent modification was installed to isolate battery power 3 minutes after generator engine shutdown. Automatic shutdown of main engines had already been installed in November 2010.
2700-Class All members of the class remain stored out-of-service. With track rationalisation work due to take place in Limerick a number of stock transfers were organised to re-locate stored members of the class. On 26 February 2813/14 hauled 2-car set 2719/20 from Limerick to Cork. On Monday 3 March 2607/08 hauled single car 2751 from Limerick to Cork. On Wednesday 19 March 2614/17 hauled set 2717/18 Limerick-Cork. With all roads in the disused Cork shed full 2803/04 hauled 2-car set 2719/21 11:00 Limerick-Inchicore on Tuesday 25 March. On Friday 28 March 2813/14 hauled 2707/08 07:50 Limerick-Inchicore.
22000-Class ICR Re-configuration The programme of converting 3-car and 6-car sets to make up 45 4-car sets was completed in February. 
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LOCOMOTIVES 
071-Class  072 was undergoing overhaul in Inchicore in June, to be followed by 087 and 076.
201-Class 2 15 has its 2-yearly overhaul completed, with 234 undergoing it’s in June. 
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CARRIAGES 
Mk IV Two more sets have been stored, with ICRs taking over their duties. Three sets are in now regular use and even these have reduced daily mileages.
The Mk IVs are formed into 8-carriage trains, consisting of 5 standard class vehicles each with 69 seats, a buffet car with 28 seats, a "City Gold" first class carriage with 44 seats and a driving trailer, giving a total seating of 422. ICRs used are typically 3-car or 4-car sets, which have 190 or 262 standard class seats and do not have any first class. 
Mk III In February scrapping of 15 Mk IIIs stored in Dundalk commenced. Vehicles were cut in half and transported by road to Hamill’s of Ahoghill, Co Antrim, for cutting up. EGV 7601 was not scrapped. Scrapping of Mk IIIs stored in North Wall commenced on Tuesday 25 February with the cutting up of 7132 but was halted due to waste permit issues. On Thursday 15 May 206 worked 7 Mk IIIs North Wall-Dundalk. They were 7603, 7142, 7168, 7407, 7157, 7144 and 7143 and they were moved from Dundalk to Adelaide Yard in Belfast on Sunday 1 June by 228. Commencing next day they were cut in two and taken by road to Ahoghill for final scrapping. All had been transferred to Ahoghill by 3 June. Read More

PASSENGER OPERATIONS
Temporary Timetable Change IÉ has deferred the 17:55 Rosslare Europort-Dublin to 18:35 between 3 June and 31 August to provide greater connectivity from ferries through Rosslare Europort. It sits in Arklow for 14 minutes for a crossing. On Sundays the 17:40 departure is also deferred to 18:35. As a consequence the 17:36 Connolly-Wexford now sits for 16 minutes in Gorey to arrive in Wexford at 20:27. This works out as an average speed of 37mph. The competing “Wexford Bus” 17:30 service arrives in Wexford at 19:.
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TRANSLINK
Londonderry On 18 March the Minister for Regional Development announced a new project to develop plans for an integrated transport hub on the site of the old Waterside Station (See Journal 183). He said: “It is clear from the consultation that there is a strong attachment to the old Waterside station. It is an important part of the city’s built heritage and once refurbished has the potential to serve as an attractive destination for tourists arriving in the city”. "The aim of the project would be to provide facilities for cyclists including parking, changing and maintenance within a refurbished station. In addition the station would be linked directly to the Peace Bridge and existing greenways." "This project is at a very early stage and delivery will be subject to securing funding. However, I have asked my officials to engage immediately with key stakeholders to develop detailed plans.”
Moira McLaughlin & Harvey Ltd. has been awarded a contract to construct a new Ł400,000 footbridge at the southern end of the platforms at Moira. Work is expected to be completed by summer 2014.
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