Report Summary The
report stated “2011 was another challenging year for Iarnród Éireann,
with reduced domestic economic activity impacting directly on customer
demand, albeit that the rate of decline slowed over previous years.
Revenue at €185.8m
is down 2.3%
on last year culminating in a loss for the year of €21.9m
compared to a loss of €36m
last year with savings in payroll costs of €30.7m,
of this being savings in voluntary severance payments.”
071-Class Body rebuilding work continues in Inchicore on 071, 077, 078 and 087.
Work includes major driving cab re-building and under-floor piping renewal.
201-Class Overhaul of 206 in Inchicore was expected to be finished in early
The 4-yearly overhaul of 228 continued into the New Year. In late
October, stored 211 was noted in Diesel 2 having its power unit removed for use
in 228. Parts for 228’s Head End Power system were outstanding in January.
The main generator from 233 was being overhauled by a specialist company
RAILCARS22000-Class ICRs IÉ
has advertised for a contractor to maintain and overhaul MTU power pack units
fitted to 22000-Class railcars.
IÉ has 256 of these power packs, of which 22
are spares.They are between 0 and 5 years old. “While undertaking running and
heavy maintenance, the successful contractor will also provide all necessary
support to carry out any casualty maintenance when required or any action
required to bring the MTU 6H1800 power pack units back to the optimum operating
levels. The successful contractor will also engage with Irish Rail in
development work to optimise the performance and efficiency of the power pack
22000-Class ICRs 3-car set 22059 entered service on Tuesday 6 November.
The final 3-car sets, 22010 and 22011,
entered traffic on Thursday 20 December 2012. These had been returned to Rotem
in Korea after suffering corrosion damage from materials in the ship’s hold
during their first delivery in 2007. They were returned to Korea for rebuilding
in May 2008 and were re-delivered to Dublin in August 2012.
at the driver cabs are being removed during overhauls in Inchicore. On Tuesday
20 November, 2-car set 2801/02 minus gangways operated ex-works
secured planning permission for a station at Crusheen on lands owned by a local
landowner and developer. The
Irish Examiner reported that IÉ and the developer have since failed
to reach a deal on the site, resulting in IÉ lodging plans for a station on an
alternative site. The developer has now employed a consultant to lodge an
objection against the alternative plan. IÉ said any dates for constructing the
station were "subject to planning permission and funding
Strengthening On Fridays,
the 13:10 Dublin-Waterford was altered to operate as 2 x 3-car ICR. Upon arrival
in Waterford the train split with the rear set returning empty to Dublin at
15:40, arriving at 17:30 to form the 18:05 Dublin Heuston-Portlaoise. The other
set formed the regular 16:50 Waterford-Dublin.
On Public Holiday Fridays high passenger
numbers connecting from Dublin-Cork trains resulted in some Mallow-Tralee branch
trains being increased from a single 3-car ICR to two 3-car ICRs, commencing
with the May 2012 holiday.
Not many years ago
direct services would have been provided from Dublin on such Fridays.
IWT liners continue to run
Monday-Friday at 09:30 North Wall-Ballina and 08:15 Ballina-North Wall. A second
one-way trip operates on Wednesdays 11:05 Ballina-North Wall and Thursdays 12:00
North Wall-Ballina. Locomotives used included 072, 074, 075, 076, 082, 083, 084,
086, 219, 224, 229, 234 and trains are normally 18 LX 47’6” bogie wagons.
on re-laying using road-rail equipment was excellent during the autumn and
winter and was reported to be ahead of schedule. The complete renewal of the two
end sections of line (total 131/2
miles) comprised the installation of continuously welded rail (CWR), new ballast
and new drainage. New drains and track bed had previously been installed. By
mid-October, track had been re-laid from Coleraine to MP641/2.
Track re-laying from the Londonderry end had reached Eglington.
By mid-November re-railing and replenishing the ballast on
the 18 mile central section between Umbra and Eglinton had been completed by
McLaughlin & Harvey and NIR.Read