new southern entrance was officially opened by the Minister for Transport
Dr Leo Varadkar on the 9 April. It is open Mondays-Fridays 07:00-19:30 and
Saturdays 09:00-18:00 and provides access to Pearse St and Trinity
College’s Bio-Science building. The entrance and other upgrades have
added new lifts and escalators, 11 new ticket validation gates and 4 new
ticket vending machines, bicycle parking facilities for 20 bikes on
northbound platform and provision for more commercial units within the
is IÉ’s busiest station with 7m passenger journeys in 2012.”
Strikes In the first
six months of 2012 there were 26 bridge strike incidents, 10 less than in
the same period in 2011. In 2011 there were 77 incidents, of which 67 were
collisions with under-bridges and 10 were collisions with over-bridges. IÉ
attributed the fall to “a number of factors including less traffic on
the road, particularly construction traffic, an increase in motorways and
improved signage.” IÉ said that the cost of repairing the under-bridge
in Gort following a bridge strike on 1 April would be approximately
€100,000 as the bridge suffered extensive damage and moved several
inches in the incident (See JOURNAL 178).
automatic passenger door close function is being added to the passenger
door software to prevent heat loss from saloons especially during periods
of cold weather. An enabled door in the open position will close
automatically 5 minutes after the door has been initially opened. The door
will still remain enabled for opening by passengers.
A second modification to the passenger door
close push-button activation is being made to prevent unwanted and
accidental door closure. Passengers wishing to close a door will have to
press the door close push-button for longer than 0.5 seconds.
450-class Scrapping Thomas Hamill and Sons of Ahoghill, Ballymena, were awarded the contract
for disposal of 8453, 8454, 8456, 8457 and 8459. They had disposed of 8451
and 8452 in 2012. On Wednesday 1 May, the 3 cars of set 8456 were cut in
half at Ballymena Yard and taken to Hamill’s scrapyard for disposal.
Locomotive 112 ran light from Belfast York Rd to shunt the yard and
returned to Belfast with former Gatwick Mk IIf carriages 8941+8942.Read
programme of major cab and body rebuilding work continues in Inchicore.
Work includes new windows, doors, front frames, modifications to heaters
and improved insulation, which has resulted in a significant reduction in
vibrations within the cab. Driver reaction has been favourable.
After refurbishment, locomotives are repainted in a new slate grey
livery. Locomotive 077 was first treated and entered service on Wednesday
The locomotive bears the now mandatory
12-digit European Vehicle Number (EVN) on the side, 92 60 0117077-4, which
is painted in small lettering under each cab side window.
programme of overhauls continues in Inchicore, with 224, 228 and 229 being
dealt with in May. Read
Westport Line From 22 March, the 2 x 3-car ICR 17:10 Dublin Heuston-Athlone was
extended to Westport on Fridays Only (arr. 20:54). Following the advancing of
the 15:45 Dublin-Westport to 14:45 in the January timetable, many passengers,
particularly students, were unable to catch the train at the earlier time and
turned up for the 18:15 Dublin-Westport, which then became overcrowded. The sets off the 17:10 work empty 21:30
Westport-Athlone to form the 07:30 Athlone-Galway on Saturday.
have been made to Rosslare line trains rom 4 June until 2 September “to
provide greater connectivity for those returning to Ireland by ferry for The
Gathering through Rosslare Europort.” The 17:55 Rosslare Europort-Dublin
Connolly is deferred until 19:15 Monday-Saturday, the 17:36 Connolly-Wexford is
decelerated to arrive in Wexford at 20:25 Monday-Friday and on Sundays the 17:40
Rosslare Europort-Connolly is deferred to 19:00.
Not many years ago
direct services would have been provided from Dublin on such Fridays.
Renewal Work Finishing work continued on the closed Coleraine-Londonderry line during
the spring. To permit work at Coleraine the Ballymoney-Coleraine section was
closed from 00:01 Saturday 9 February until 04:00 Monday 11 February. Belfast
trains operated to/from Ballymoney to the normal schedule.
The re-laid Derry line was handed back to
NIR on schedule and within budget on Monday 4 March. That day sets 3015+3003
operated two Coleraine-Londonderry and two Coleraine-Castlerock trial trains.
On Friday 22 March, the Minister for
Regional Development Mr Kennedy officially launched the re-built line. A special
train with set 4016 operated 09:42 GVS-Londonderry. On Saturday 23 March, NIR
operated a 09:45 Coleraine-Londonderry and 15:00 Londonderry-Coleraine “Try
the Train” free service using sets 4005 + 4013. Passenger services resumed on
Sunday 24 March, with 3017 working the 09:42 Londonderry-GVS.