There have been Saturday night PWD operations using hired contractors'
plant assisted by spoil trains to install drainage piping and catchpits in
the Raheny-Harmonstown section. This is to coincide with the sections of
relaying that were done during April 2016.
On the nights of Saturday July 2 and Sunday 3
July, the section of plain track on the Up Road between the crossovers on
the approach to Howth station was renewed. New track panels were brought
out to the site on a panel train along with fresh ballast in spoil wagons,
some of which were stockpiled by the lineside for later use, due to the
difficulty in bringing ballast into Howth by road. The combined spoil and
panel train was worked by locomotive 086 and ran out on the Down road to
Howth. The locomotive then stopped short of the crossovers, unhooked,
crossed over and returned light-engine to Howth Junction on the Up road,
before crossing over to the Down road and heading back towards Howth to
hook up to the train again.
Drogheda Panel relaying was
carried out through Platform 2 in Drogheda on the weekends of 2/3 and
16/17 July. Spoil trains were used during the excavations on the Saturday
nights. Fresh ballast was stockpiled in advance in the wide six-foot in
Drogheda Station, discharged using the HOBS train. This was due to the
difficulty in bringing ballast into Drogheda by road.
Spoil trains were working mid-week
nights, 5-8 September, doing site preparation work for the ballast
cleaning project on the Cork Line. The work included excavating away parts
of cutting slopes to create space to allow temporary side-casting of
ballast cleaning spoil. Ballast cleaning re-commenced on the Down line
between MPs (mileposts) 20 and 21½ on Saturday 10 September.
Canal Dock From 05:00 on Monday 18 July 2016, Phase 3,
Stage 9, of the City Centre Re-Signalling Project was commissioned at
Grand Canal Dock Station. The Up main line through Platform 2 was
disconnected at the Lansdowne Road end of Grand Canal Dock Station. The Up
main from Lansdowne Road was slewed and permanently connected to the
previously dead-end track at Platform 1, in advance of Stop Signal DC44.
The line through Platform 1 was reclassified as the Up main line. A new
buffer stop signal, No. DC446, was permanently installed at the Lansdowne
Road end of Platform 2. This platform was re-designated as a terminus
platform with a length, between the top of the ramps, of 174 metres. It
should be noted that the Up through siding is not available to trains
carrying passengers and all EMU stock is prohibited from entering this
The car park beside Clongriffin station
has been operated for a number of years on a free parking but no
supervision basis. It is not under the control of Irish Rail. In June,
management was taken over by Quickpark, who are now using it as a cheap
alternative car park for Dublin Airport, directed at people who wish to
leave their cars for a protracted period while abroad. A half-hourly
shuttle bus runs to the Airport, but it unclear if it will also convey
passengers arriving at Clongriffin by train.
DART Wednesday, 20 July Railcar set 29010 hauled LHB Darts 8134 + 8334 +
8137 + 8337 from Inchicore Works to Dublin Connolly, arriving there
shortly after 20:00. Set 29027 then hauled the DART sets onwards to
Operations IWT Container Trains
Wednesday 1 June 079 worked 11:30 Waterford to Ballina DFDS;12
CPWs full. Friday 3 June 076 worked
10:20 North Wall-Ballina IWT; 18 bogies full. It had been deferred from
09:30 to 10:20 to facilitate possession for Cabra engineering works. 085
worked 08:15 Ballina to NW IWT 18 bogies full, all containers. Enterprise
liveried locomotive 8209 appeared on the following IWT workings in June
and July: Monday 20 June 8209 worked
10:20 North Wall-Ballina IWT; 18 bogies full, all tanks. Thursday 23 June
8209 worked 09:30 IWT; 18 full, all containers.
Monday 27 June 8209 departed North Wall at 20:45 with 27
bogies, fully laden with 12 tanks and 15 containers. To date, this was the
longest freight consist worked by IÉ. It is anticipated that future IWT
workings of this length will become commonplace.
Saturday 2 July 8209 worked 08:15 Ballina to North Wall IWT.
Monday 4 July 216, newly out-shopped in its temporary lime green undercoat
livery, failed at North Wall on the IWT liner. It was replaced by 223, the
liner subsequently departing North Wall at 12:30.
LOCOMOTIVES. Tuesday 21 June Locomotive 216 ran a
trial LE from Inchicore to Hazelhatch sporting a temporary lime green
undercoat. This was its first run on the mainline since overhaul.
Wednesday, 27 July 224 operated the 19:00 Dublin Heuston-Cork,
this being its first day in traffic after being repainted. 224 carries the
current Intercity livery, with the current logos in the style of
Thursday 1 September 216 worked Mark 4
set 4003 empty from Inchicore to Portarlington and return.
Inchicore Works As of 1 September 2016, the following
locomotives were under repair: 231 was undergoing a 2-year overhaul and
072 a cooling exam, both in Diesel Two shop. 234 and 230 were undergoing
body-overhauls as was 082 in the ramps. 230 was previously stopped in June
2013 having suffered fire damage at Goraghwood while working the 18:05
Belfast Central-Dublin Connolly Enterprise. The locomotive was placed in
position for body-overhaul in late August but remains fire damaged. As
part of the overhaul program, parts from 211 were being used in 230. 084
was receiving newly overhauled bogies in Diesel One. 081 was being
prepared for re-entry to traffic after body-overhaul and repaint.
Intercity Railcar Front Fairings The
programme to replace the original three piece fairings (alternatively
called valances) as fitted on delivery is continuing, with 22132, 22134,
22139, 22208, 22228, 22242, 22245, 22254, 22258, 22307, 22308, 22310,
22325, 22339, 22342, 22345, 22354, 22358 and 22362 all noted with the new
front ends fitted between January and September 2016. Of interest is that
some sets were released with only one end converted (22034 being a notable
example). The panels are being produced by Voith (see Journal 188). ICR
Numbers, Livery Alterations and Fleet Formation The fleet has continued to
gain EVN numbers in accordance with RSC-G-021-C (available from
www.crr.ie), with the number in white and car reporting numbers (22xxx)
highlighted in black. In addition, the vehicles are slowly gaining
interior numbers in the EVN style. In addition, all sets now carry the
current logos (22001-22006 / 22036-22039 minus flag for Cross Border
operations). 22001 is once again formed permanently with 22002, in the
following formation: 22302+22402+22201+22301+22401+22202. This is due to
the driving cars of 22001 having the new CAWS / ATP Hybrid system
installed, and the re-formation retains the required number of sets in
use. The sets had been put together on Wednesday 27 August 2015 and split
(to allow for testing of the new system) on June Bank Holiday weekend
2016. Following testing, the sets were reformed into the 6 car formation
on 15 July 2016, working the 18:15 Heuston - Westport that night. Read More