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IRRS Journal 186 February 2015


Cross City Centre Re-signalling Civil engineering work continues on the former Up siding at Grand Canal Dock to convert it into the Up line. CAWS/ATP Hybrid Train Protection System Testing of the system with 4-car set 29022 took place at night in December between North Strand and Enfield and between Howth and Howth Junction (See Journal 184). The railcar had been based in the Valeting Plant in Connolly while it was being fitted and wired with the new equipment and also during the tests
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Cork-Cobh Embankment stabilisation work in the cutting between Rushbrooke and Cobh, mainly on the Down side, resulted in the substitution by bus of Cork-Cobh trains Monday-Friday between 10:00 and 16:00 from mid-October until early December.
Mallow-Tralee Due to “rock combing" the line between Killarney and Tralee was closed 09:45-16:05 Monday 2 and Thursday 5 February and from 09:45 Tuesday 3 until 16:05 Wednesday 4 February. The same arrangement was scheduled for each week in February. Trains were substituted by bus Killarney-Tralee. Dublin-Rosslare Due to bank stabilisation and Avoca Mine shaft works between Rathdrum and Gorey no trains operated Dublin Connolly-Gorey on Saturday 25, Sunday 26 and Public Holiday Monday 27 October. Bus transfers operated Connolly-Gorey with trains operating Gorey-Rosslare Europort in both directions. A separate bus transfer operated from Bray serving all stations to Gorey except Kilcoole.
Mullingar-Athlone Work on constructing the greenway walking and cycling route is proceeding, including laying a layer of stones / gravel on top of the existing track.
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22000-Class ICR Set Formations The class remains a mixture of 3-car, 4-car and 5-car sets as per Journal 185. Set 22014, which returned to service in September as a 3-car set, remained this size at time of publication. 22534 is to be added to the set to make it 4-car.
Procurement IÉ has advertised for the overhaul and repair of railcar and generator diesel engines for 5 years. The enquiry detailed the engine types and these are noted below.
2600- and 2800-class railcars: Cummins NTA 855-R1, 4-stroke turbo-charged, capacity 14 litres, 350bhp. An engine mounted compressor is fitted to all types. 29000-class railcars: MAN D2876 LUH, 4-stroke turbo-charged and intercooled, capacity 12 litres, 294kW (400bhp), Euro 2 Emissions. Railcar generator engine: Cummins 6B5.9GR, 4-stroke naturally aspirated, 75bhp. Small variations exist around peripheral equipment e.g. water pumps. The 2600- and 2800-class have Nishinon 3-phase alternators and the 29000-class has a Letag 3-phase alternator. All alternators have common outputs of 230V AC single phase and 400V AC 3-phase at 50 Hz. There is also a 24V DC electrical supply on the vehicles for battery charging and to supply emergency equipment e.g. lighting. The Mk IV Control Car is equipped with two diesel generator sets. The engine used is a turbo-charged 430bhp four-stroke MAN V8, model No. 2848 LE202, mechanically coupled to a 330kW 3-phase AC alternator operating at 1,500rpm and manufactured by LETAG. Read More

071-Class The upgrade and rehabilitation of the class continues. 080 was undergoing a body overhaul in The Ramps in Inchicore in January. On Monday 12 January 087 was started after power unit repairs in Diesel 2. It will return to traffic when it receives overhauled bogies. A programme of 071-class bogie overhauls has commenced in the Bogie Shop, formerly known as Diesel 1.

201-Class Following overhaul in Inchicore, including extensive corrosion and body repairs, NIR locomotive 209 returned to traffic on Tuesday 2 December in a partially finished new Enterprise livery. It was re-numbered 8209 to fit in with the Translink bus and train numbering system. Its first commercial working was the 09:30 Dublin-Ballina IWT liner consisting of 18 laden bogies on Tuesday 2 December, returning next day. On Thursday 4 December 8209 + 18 laden wagons departed North Wall for Ballina with the IWT liner. 8209 worked the RPSI diesel Santa train on Saturday 13 December and on Wednesday 17 December it worked the Enterprise for the first time in its new livery when it worked the 09:35 Dublin-Belfast. In January 216 was taken from storage outside the Wagon Shop for refurbishment in Inchicore for the proposed Belmond luxury Mk III train (see below). It will receive its 12 year overhaul. IÉ has sought tenders for the provision of metal panels and folded steel sections for the repair of the body work on the 201-class fleet. Areas identified for replacement included roof sections, cab side window sections, air intake grills, body-side insulated panels, CAWS protection panels, driver’s step area and “Removable Hood Exhaust Cowl Plates”. Wheel skates are used to move vehicles with a seized wheelset to a maintenance depot while holding this wheelset clear above the running rail. However the 201-class are heavier than other locomotives and when a seized wheelset occurred they have had the defective bogie replaced at or near the failure location or they have been transported by road to Inchicore at great expense.  Read More

Belfast-The Border On Thursday 9 October 8113 ran light engine to Antrim where it picked up loaded ballast hoppers. The train ran via the Antrim-Lisburn line to Lisburn, dropping ballast at locations en-route to Poyntzpass, where the wagons were left. The locomotive then ran light engine to York Rd. On Sunday 12 October 8113 worked a ballast train Lisburn-Poyntzpass, dropping ballast between Lurgan and Portadown. On Sunday 2 November 8112 ran light engine York Rd-Poyntzpass where it picked up loaded ballast wagons. It ran to Portadown and returned to Poyntzpass where it left the wagons for re-loading. 8112 then ran light engine to York Rd. A further train operated on Sunday 9 November when 8112 operated two trips to Lisburn. On Thursday 4 December 8112 + 6 ballast hoppers worked Poyntzpass-Dundalk and return. They departed Dundalk at 12:37 after a 20 minute run around. Lisburn-Antrim In October NIR ballast tamper and ballast regulator operated on the branch following ballast drops earlier in the year. They were based in Lisburn for this work. From 17 January the loops at Crumlin and Ballinderry have been taken out of service and removed. There are now no crossing places between Antrim and Lisburn.
Sandite The autumn Sandite programme again used the sole remaining 80-class railcar. The train was the same as last year and consisted of 8069+8097+8752+8094, with Sandite dispensed from 8097. Trains started on the evening of the 28 September with runs to Portadown, Bangor, Carrickfergus and Antrim. Daytime runs started on 6 October. The daytime route was York Rd -Portadown – Bangor – Belfast – Carrickfergus  - York Rd. The train operated reliably during the season.
GVS Transport Hub Translink has invited the public to contribute ideas to aid the design of the new hub. They expect Enterprise traffic to increase with journey times being reduced by 10 minutes when the service moves to GVS.

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