was released from the paint shop in mid-April in the current “battleship
grey” livery. It retains the “The Institution of Engineers of
Ireland” nameplates, despite the organisation changing its name to
“Engineers Ireland” a number of years ago.
on Cork line workings between March and May were: 206, 207, 8209, 216,
218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 229 and 232.
failed at Sallins on Wednesday 8 February 2017 whilst working a MkIV
(4008) trial run. 077 hauled the formation back to Inchicore.
By the end of May, 8208 and
215 were receiving 6-year overhauls in Diesel 2. Noted in the Ramps were
225 (body overhaul) and 083. 225 is a long-time stored member of the class
(being stored after a fatal accident in Roscommon whilst working an IWT
liner in August 2009). In the paint shop were 221 (after body overhaul)
and 073, painted in 1987 Irish Rail “white stripe” livery, but had yet
to be finished. 079 received new bogies in Diesel 1.
Open 4101 has been freshly repainted, along with Standard Open (End) 4105.
10 February 2017, 087 was observed hauling MkIV set 4002 to Inchicore,
with loco 215 on the rear. This set was on trial to Ballybrophy and later
worked the Dublin Heuston-Cork.
failed in Mallow on Monday 10 April 2017 whilst working the 10:20 Cork –
Dublin Heuston. It was brought to Cork for attention, and then was hauled
by 224 to Inchicore the following day. Released back into traffic on
Tuesday 11 April on the 19:00 Dublin Heuston – Cork, it failed on
Wednesday 12 April 2017, and was hauled back to Inchicore by 232.
failed in Cork on Thursday 4 May 2017 with parking brake faults. It was
hauled the following day by 234 to Limerick Junction, where 074 was added
to the front and hauled the entire consist to Inchicore.
was in trouble once again, hauled back to Inchicore on Thursday 18 May
2017 by 220, with 229 dead in tow at the rear. The MkIV set had failed
that morning with issues, whilst 229 was declared a failure the previous
evening whilst working the 19.00 Dublin Heuston – Cork service.
were observed in Dublin Heuston station on Wednesday 10 May 2017.
Units continue to be started up and moved around Inchicore Works,
with 2724 being noted as moving around. Plans for the re-introduction of
the 2700’s to passenger service are still being proposed. 2715 is being
assessed in Inchicore as to the work required to return them to traffic.
worked the 14:00 Limerick – Inchicore empty movement on Monday 8 May
2017 for wheel turning.
29016 was released into traffic in March. It has gained unlockable covers
at the end of the door pockets, presumably to allow easier access to the
transferred to Inchicore on Wednesday 10 May 2017.
new front as described in Journal 188 continue to be fitted. Since Journal
192, the following vehicles have been fitted: 22137, 22138, 22140, 22203,
22204, 22206, 22207, 22214, 22221, 22223, 22224, 22229, 22241, 22243,
22246, 22251, 22255, 22257, 22261, 22262, 22306, 22311, 22314, 22320,
22321, 22322, 22324, 22329, 22334, 22336, 22338, 22340, 22341, 22343,
22344, 22347, 22349, 22355, 22360. This leaves 25 vehicles yet to be
The bottom bars, as referred to in Journal 192, are being removed as they
become damaged and will remain removed.
full, and it left about 12:50.
was possibly the greatest number ever to join special services at Dalkey.
It did however show the difficulty in boarding a very large number of
passengers at a station such as Dalkey, where the Up platform is in parts
quite narrow, and the platform access routes are also constricted.
Operations IWT Container Trains
A proposed 24-wagon trial
at the end of April was cancelled due to driver issues.
current IWT schedule is for a daily (Monday – Saturday) 09:35 North Wall
– Ballina, 10:05 Ballina – North Wall on Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:40
Ballina – North Wall on Tuesdays and 08.15 Ballina – North Wall on
Thursdays and Fridays. Additional liners can be run on Tuesdays (15.20
North Wall – Ballina) and Wednesdays (08.15 Ballina – North Wall).
These are all subject to customer requirements.