Cross City Centre Re-signalling The EU will co-finance a study to design the new
signalling system between Connolly and Sandymount with €1.4m from the
TEN-T Programme as part of “Railway / road axis Ireland / United Kingdom
/ continental Europe” (TEN-T Priority Project 26.
switch diamond points in the middle of the junction at Howth Junction have
been speed restricted from some time. They were renewed in a line closure
on Easter Sunday 20 April. No DART services ran north of Connolly. Bus
substitutions were provided for Enterprise
services between Drogheda and Connolly and for Commuter services between
Malahide and Connolly.
Mallow-Tralee The Killarney-Tralee section was closed between 09:30 and 16:30 on the
following dates in March to allow tree felling: Tuesday 4 - Friday 7,
Tuesday 11 - Thursday 13, Tuesday 18 - Thursday 20 and Tuesday 25 -
Thursday 27. Bus transfers operated.
Drogheda-Navan Panel re-laying using the Donnelli Gantries took place in March.
Dublin-Cork On Sunday 23 March, the points
connecting to the Conniberry Sidings (Portlaoise PW Depot), No. 826, were
converted to electric operation. The mechanical ground frame that operated
the points and associated shunt signals was replaced by a new electronic
control panel located in an adjacent lockable box. Existing position light
shunt signals GF4 and GF 5 were replaced with new LED type directional
position light shunt signals in the same locations and bearing the same
signal numbers. Read
part of a fuel saving initiative, a modification has being installed on
the 2600/2800 fleet to automatically shut down generator engines after the
driver deactivates the key in the master controller. Where two generator
engines are running one will shut down after 3 minutes and the second
engine will shut down after 60 minutes. To conserve battery efficiency, a
subsequent modification was installed to isolate battery power 3 minutes
after generator engine shutdown. Automatic shutdown of main engines had
already been installed in November 2010.
members of the class remain stored out-of-service. With track
rationalisation work due to take place in Limerick a number of stock
transfers were organised to re-locate stored members of the class. On 26
February 2813/14 hauled 2-car set 2719/20 from Limerick to Cork. On Monday
3 March 2607/08 hauled single car 2751 from Limerick to Cork. On Wednesday
19 March 2614/17 hauled set 2717/18 Limerick-Cork. With all roads in the
disused Cork shed full 2803/04 hauled 2-car set 2719/21 11:00
Limerick-Inchicore on Tuesday 25 March. On Friday 28 March 2813/14 hauled
2707/08 07:50 Limerick-Inchicore.
programme of converting 3-car and 6-car sets to make up 45 4-car sets was
completed in February.
was undergoing overhaul in Inchicore in June, to be followed by 087 and
15 has its 2-yearly overhaul completed, with 234 undergoing it’s in
more sets have been stored, with ICRs taking over their duties. Three sets
are in now regular use and even these have reduced daily mileages.
The Mk IVs are formed into 8-carriage trains, consisting of 5 standard
class vehicles each with 69 seats, a buffet car with 28 seats, a
"City Gold" first class carriage with 44 seats and a driving
trailer, giving a total seating of 422. ICRs used are typically 3-car or
4-car sets, which have 190 or 262 standard class seats and do not have any
Mk III In February
scrapping of 15 Mk IIIs stored in Dundalk commenced. Vehicles were cut in
half and transported by road to Hamill’s of Ahoghill, Co Antrim, for
cutting up. EGV 7601 was not scrapped.
of Mk IIIs stored in North Wall commenced on Tuesday 25 February with the
cutting up of 7132 but was halted due to waste permit issues.
15 May 206 worked 7 Mk IIIs North Wall-Dundalk. They were 7603, 7142,
7168, 7407, 7157, 7144 and 7143 and they were moved from Dundalk to
Adelaide Yard in Belfast on Sunday 1 June by 228. Commencing next day they
were cut in two and taken by road to Ahoghill for final scrapping. All had
been transferred to Ahoghill by 3 June. Read
Temporary Timetable Change IÉ has deferred the 17:55 Rosslare
Europort-Dublin to 18:35 between 3 June and 31 August to provide greater
connectivity from ferries through Rosslare Europort. It sits in Arklow for
14 minutes for a crossing. On Sundays the 17:40 departure is also deferred
to 18:35. As a consequence the 17:36 Connolly-Wexford now sits for 16
minutes in Gorey to arrive in Wexford at 20:27. This works out as an
average speed of 37mph. The competing “Wexford Bus” 17:30 service
arrives in Wexford at 19:.Read
Londonderry On 18 March the Minister for Regional Development
announced a new project to develop plans for an integrated transport hub
on the site of the old Waterside Station (See Journal 183). He said: “It
is clear from the consultation that there is a strong attachment to the
old Waterside station. It is an important part of the city’s built
heritage and once refurbished has the potential to serve as an attractive
destination for tourists arriving in the city”. "The aim of the
project would be to provide facilities for cyclists including parking,
changing and maintenance within a refurbished station. In addition the
station would be linked directly to the Peace Bridge and existing
greenways." "This project is at a very early stage and delivery
will be subject to securing funding. However, I have asked my officials to
engage immediately with key stakeholders to develop detailed plans.”
& Harvey Ltd. has been awarded a contract to construct a new £400,000
footbridge at the southern end of the platforms at Moira. Work is expected
to be completed by summer 2014.