Cross City Centre Re-signalling Civil
engineering work continues on the former Up siding at Grand Canal Dock to
convert it into the Up line.
CAWS/ATP Hybrid Train Protection System Testing
of the system with 4-car set 29022 took place at night in December between North
Strand and Enfield and between Howth and Howth Junction (See Journal 184). The
railcar had been based in the Valeting Plant in Connolly while it was being
fitted and wired with the new equipment and also during the tests.
Embankment stabilisation work in the cutting between Rushbrooke and Cobh, mainly
on the Down side, resulted in the substitution by bus of Cork-Cobh trains
Monday-Friday between 10:00 and 16:00 from mid-October until early December.
Mallow-Tralee Due to “rock combing" the line between Killarney and Tralee was
closed 09:45-16:05 Monday 2 and Thursday 5 February and from 09:45 Tuesday 3
until 16:05 Wednesday 4 February. The same arrangement was scheduled for each
week in February. Trains were substituted by bus Killarney-Tralee.
Dublin-Rosslare Due to bank stabilisation and Avoca Mine shaft works between Rathdrum
and Gorey no trains operated Dublin Connolly-Gorey on Saturday 25, Sunday 26 and
Public Holiday Monday 27 October. Bus transfers operated Connolly-Gorey with
trains operating Gorey-Rosslare Europort in both directions. A separate bus
transfer operated from Bray serving all stations to Gorey except Kilcoole.
Mullingar-Athlone Work on constructing the greenway walking and cycling route is
proceeding, including laying a layer of stones / gravel on top of the existing
22000-Class ICR Set
Formations The class remains
a mixture of 3-car, 4-car and 5-car sets as per Journal 185. Set 22014, which
returned to service in September as a 3-car set, remained this size at time of
publication. 22534 is to be added to the set to make it 4-car.
Procurement IÉ has
advertised for the overhaul and repair of railcar and generator diesel engines
for 5 years. The enquiry detailed the engine types and these are noted below.
2600- and 2800-class railcars: Cummins NTA
855-R1, 4-stroke turbo-charged, capacity 14 litres, 350bhp. An engine mounted
compressor is fitted to all types.
29000-class railcars: MAN D2876 LUH,
4-stroke turbo-charged and intercooled, capacity 12 litres, 294kW (400bhp), Euro
Railcar generator engine: Cummins 6B5.9GR,
4-stroke naturally aspirated, 75bhp. Small variations exist around peripheral
equipment e.g. water pumps. The 2600- and 2800-class have Nishinon 3-phase
alternators and the 29000-class has a Letag 3-phase alternator. All alternators
have common outputs of 230V AC single phase and 400V AC 3-phase at 50 Hz. There
is also a 24V DC electrical supply on the vehicles for battery charging and to
supply emergency equipment e.g. lighting.
The Mk IV Control Car is equipped with two
diesel generator sets. The engine used is a turbo-charged 430bhp four-stroke MAN
V8, model No. 2848 LE202, mechanically coupled to a 330kW 3-phase AC alternator
operating at 1,500rpm and manufactured by LETAG.
071-Class The upgrade
and rehabilitation of the class continues. 080 was undergoing a body overhaul in
The Ramps in Inchicore in January. On Monday 12 January 087 was started after
power unit repairs in Diesel 2. It will return to traffic when it receives
overhauled bogies. A programme of 071-class bogie overhauls has commenced in the
Bogie Shop, formerly known as Diesel 1.
overhaul in Inchicore, including extensive corrosion and body repairs, NIR
locomotive 209 returned to traffic on Tuesday 2 December in a partially finished
livery. It was re-numbered 8209 to fit in with the Translink bus and train
numbering system. Its first commercial working was the 09:30 Dublin-Ballina IWT
liner consisting of 18 laden bogies on Tuesday 2 December, returning next day.
On Thursday 4 December 8209 + 18 laden wagons departed North Wall for Ballina
with the IWT liner. 8209 worked the RPSI diesel Santa train on Saturday 13
December and on Wednesday 17 December it worked the Enterprise
for the first time in its new livery when it worked the 09:35 Dublin-Belfast.
In January 216 was taken from storage
outside the Wagon Shop for refurbishment in Inchicore for the proposed Belmond
luxury Mk III train (see below). It will receive its 12 year overhaul.
IÉ has sought tenders for the provision of
metal panels and folded steel sections for the repair of the body work on the
201-class fleet. Areas identified for replacement included roof sections, cab
side window sections, air intake grills, body-side insulated panels, CAWS
protection panels, driver’s step area and “Removable Hood Exhaust Cowl
Wheel skates are used to move vehicles with
a seized wheelset to a maintenance depot while holding this wheelset clear above
the running rail. However the 201-class are heavier than other locomotives and
when a seized wheelset occurred they have had the defective bogie replaced at or
near the failure location or they have been transported by road to Inchicore at
Belfast-The Border On Thursday 9 October 8113 ran light engine to Antrim where it picked up
loaded ballast hoppers. The train ran via the Antrim-Lisburn line to Lisburn,
dropping ballast at locations en-route to Poyntzpass, where the wagons were
left. The locomotive then ran light engine to York Rd. On Sunday 12 October 8113 worked a ballast train Lisburn-Poyntzpass,
dropping ballast between Lurgan and Portadown.
On Sunday 2 November 8112 ran light engine
York Rd-Poyntzpass where it picked up loaded ballast wagons. It ran to Portadown
and returned to Poyntzpass where it left the wagons for re-loading. 8112 then
ran light engine to York Rd. A further train operated on Sunday 9 November when
8112 operated two trips to Lisburn.
On Thursday 4 December 8112 + 6 ballast
hoppers worked Poyntzpass-Dundalk and return. They departed Dundalk at 12:37
after a 20 minute run around.
Lisburn-Antrim In October NIR ballast tamper and ballast regulator operated on the
branch following ballast drops earlier in the year. They were based in Lisburn
for this work.
From 17 January the loops at Crumlin and
Ballinderry have been taken out of service and removed. There are now no
crossing places between Antrim and Lisburn.
autumn Sandite programme again used the sole remaining 80-class railcar. The
train was the same as last year and consisted of 8069+8097+8752+8094, with
Sandite dispensed from 8097. Trains started on the evening of the 28 September
with runs to Portadown, Bangor, Carrickfergus and Antrim. Daytime runs started
on 6 October. The daytime route was York Rd -Portadown – Bangor – Belfast
– Carrickfergus - York Rd. The
train operated reliably during the season.
GVS Transport Hub Translink has invited the public to contribute ideas to aid the design
of the new hub. They expect Enterprise
traffic to increase with journey times being reduced by 10 minutes when the
service moves to GVS.