073 was out-shopped in the
1987 “Tippex” livery on Friday 7 July 2017, where a photo-call was done with
Supertrain-liveried 071 and battleship grey 077. The loco conducted a trial run
to Sallins on 17 August 2017.
071 body overhaul programme has left four locos in the 2007 black/silver freight
livery: 072, 074, 075 and 086. All are in varying conditions, with 072 having a
large patch on the front, 074 with no bodyside logo, 075 with parts from 141s
fitted, and 086 having had some paint touch-up on the front.
201-class:219 was released for
traffic on Thursday 1 June 2017, having had a body overhaul. It was repainted in
a variation of the Intercity fern green livery, having battleship grey bogies
and running gear. It also has the Head End Power equipment removed from the
buffer beams. 215 and 218 have also been treated and released in July 2017,
which leaves 229 as the last to undergo body overhaul.
are being fitted before the Leaf Fall season. The work is being conducted in two
phases – the first being physical modifications to the locos and the second
fitting and commissioning of the equipment. Out of the 20 operational locos
(206, 207, 8208, 8209, 215-224, 226-229, 231-234), 11 were modified by the end
of May 2017.
4002 has been fitted with a new brake disc, made from steel. This is
expected to have a longer life than the current discs in use.
Tuesday 20 June 2017, 223 hauled MKIV set 4001 (with no loco on the rear) as the
10:40 Cork – Inchicore, following a failure in Cork the day before.
Group (based in Derby, UK) have won a contract for the design, supply and
installation of replacement inter-vehicle jumper cables on the Mark 4 fleet. It
covers the three main electrical cables on the vehicles, and is designed to be
easier to maintain and split as required.
Train Radio Trials:
Vehicles 8135 and 8602 have been fitted a new Global System for Mobile
Communications – Rail (GSM-R) Cab Radio system. For a period of time these
cabs were placed in the middle of a formation. However from Monday 12 June 2017
these could be used like any other cab, with calls being able to be made and
received on the GSM-R system.
The refurbishment of the 2700 fleet was put out to pre-qualification on
Sunday 9 July 2017. The tender specifies what is required:
heavy maintenance activities on key systems (i.e. Bogies, Final Drives,
Exhausts, Cooling System, Gangways, Couplers, Pneumatic Systems etc.);
system integrity and refurbishment to existing sub-systems (i.e. Fire
Suppression, Toilet Modules, Passenger Doors, Lighting, Glazing
and installation of replacement components and assemblies (i.e. Passenger
seating, flooring systems, underframe equipment cabinets, interior panels,
luggage racks etc.);
modification works (electrical, mechanical and body) to bring the
refurbished fleet in line with the remainder of the IÉ fleets).
of Traction and Generator engines;
of Transmissions and/or Transmission replacement;
annual Bray Air Show took place on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 July 2017, with
around 150,000 people attending over both days. Additional services were booked
to run as needed between Dublin Connolly and Bray, with a shuttle service to
Greystones in the evening to maximise capacity. However, a number of specials
were cancelled because of driver issues.
services cancelled were 10:47, 12:21 and 13:18 Dublin Connolly – Bray, the
0 Malahide – Bray, the 11:15 Howth – Bray and the 13:28 Dun Laoghaire
– Bray. Only the 10:20, 12:05 and the 12:49 Dublin Connolly - Bray operated.
This did however give the rare sight of an 8-pce 29000 operating an all-stations
service on the DART network, with the 12:05 being thus formed. The others were
8-pce DART sets as originally booked.Freight
Operations IWT Container Trains
IWT Liner continues to be a strong performer, with most trains fully loaded with
either containers or tanks. Monday services have been noted to be a little bit
quieter than other days, with trains only half loaded.