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IRRS Journal 182 October 2013


. In June Cork City Council granted planning permission for the proposed new entrance building on the southern side of the tracks near Horgan's Quay (See Journal 181). Conditions imposed by the planners include additional taxi rank spaces to serve the new building and the possibility of reversing proposed traffic access entering and exiting from east or west, depending on the outcome of a traffic audit which IÉ will have to carry out.   Read More

Renewals Major structural repairs are being carried out to UB16 Limerick-Ennis which is the 5 span steel structure over the river Shannon at Limerick. This work is being carried out over 8 planned weekend possessions of the line and is programmed for completion in November. Bus substitutions between Ennis and Limerick were in place for this work. Repairs are also being carried out to UB406 Cork-Cobh which spans Water St in Cork City.  Repair work has been carried out to Dublin-Rosslare line bridges: UB38 Loop Line bridge over Talbot St, UB41A Loop Line bridge over Frenchmans Lane, OB65A footbridge at Merrion Church, OB160P and OB162 footbridges at Wicklow, UB282 at Gorey, OB322 footbridge at Enniscorthy and OB403 footbridge at Ferrycarrig. Work also took place on OB740 Athlone-Westport footbridge at Ballyhaunis Station, OB294 Dublin-Cork footbridge at Charleville and OB411 Cork-Cobh footbridge at Tivoli.
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22000-Class ICRs
The 22000-class fleet was delivered as 3-car and 6-car sets, with the latter in two variants – 10 sets with Premier class + catering and 5 high capacity standard class only sets. The result of only being able to run either 3 or 6-car trains has been highly inflexible in comparison with the locomotive hauled stock they replaced whereby IÉ and its predecessors added and subtracted a carriage or two on a daily basis to a significant proportion of trains depending on demand. IÉ are planning 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 will be achieved by taking 2 intermediate vehicles out of each the 6-car sets and adding one vehicle to 30 3-car sets. It is expected that by early 2014 the fleet will consist of 10 4-car First class trains, 35 4-car standard class and 18 3-car standard class trains. A public announcement was made of the plan on 9 September with IÉ saying “This will allow greater flexibility, with three, four, six, seven, eight and nine-carriage trains possible as a result of combining train-sets together. On Monday 29 July a 12-car empty trial operated from Laois Traincare Depot to Kildare and return. It consisted of 3-car set 22022 + 6-car set 22041 + 3-car set 22009. Read More

071-Class In September 085 and 087 were undergoing major overhauls in Inchicore..
In September 231 was undergoing its 4-yearly examination and 218 was undergoing its 2-yearly examination in Inchicore.
On Sunday 25 August NIR 112 hauled 230 from York Road to Dublin Connolly with EGV 89605 for braking. 230 suffered fire damage at Goraghwood on 6 June . Temporary air brake hoses ran from 112 through the cab windows of 230 and through its engine room to the EGV to provide brake continuity. 230 was transferred to Inchicore next day for assessment. Read More

Wednesday 28 August Four RPSI Cravens + GSV, all in orange & black livery, were hauled Inchicore-Connolly-Boyle by 072 for filming next day for the TV series “Moone Boy”, which was set in Boyle in the early 1990s. It followed the 13.05 Dublin-Sligo, passing Clonsilla at 13:30. The following day, once filming was complete, the train returned to Inchicore at 12:05.
Timetable A new InterCity South and West area timetable was introduced from Sunday 18 July to coincide with the opening of Oranmore Parkway Station. Alterations were made to Dublin-Galway and Limerick-Galway trains to account for the new stop and also to address timekeeping issues on the Dublin-Galway line.
The 11:30, 13:30 and 15:30 Galway-Dublin were advanced to 11:05, 13:05 and 15:05 respectively and slowed down in running.

 Relief On Fridays a path has been created to run the 11:45 Limerick-Limerick Junction through to Dublin, arr. 13:55. This is required because the 11:20 Cork-Dublin is normally a 3-car railcar, which regularly has passengers standing and has on occasion during the summer been so full that passengers were left behind in Cork. Read More

Renewal Work Phase 2 NIR has advertised for Signalling & Telecoms design engineering for the next phase of the Coleraine-Derry renewal project. The project involves the design, by a Signalling and Telecoms Design Engineer, of a new signalling and telecoms system. The passing loop at Castlerock will be removed and plain lined and a new passing loop will be provided near Bellarena Station. Timetabled services will operate throughout the construction period. The majority of construction activities will take place during overnight possessions A Route Relay Interlocking system is to be designed for the 33.5 mile single line route. All signalling control is to be consolidated into the Coleraine Signal Box and the existing signal cabins at Castlerock and Londonderry will be closed.
A number of User Worked level crossings have warning times below those recommended in the Railway Safety Principles Guidance. Under the project, the arrangements at these crossings will be made compliant with the Railway Safety Principles Guidance document.
The design period is anticipated to be from January until December 2014. 
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