City Centre Re-signalling Track
work has started in the Grand Canal Dock area as part of Phase 3 of the
City Centre Re-signalling Project.
On Monday 7 July 085 + 5 bogies worked a
mixed materials train for rationalization work at Grand Canal Dock
Cherryville Junction The CTC interlocking for
Cherryville Junction, which controls the crossover and turnout from the
Dublin-Cork line to the Waterford line, was installed in 1976 and is
showing its age. With increasing numbers of faults it is now becoming
necessary to replace it at an estimated cost of €3m.Read More
On Sunday 13 July the former Guinness siding was permanently taken
out of use, with No. 536 points converted from a crossover to a turnout
track rationalisation has taken place. On Sunday 20 July the direct link
between platform No. 1 and the Main Down Siding (Back Road Siding) was
removed along with removal of associated shunt signals. The turnout from
the Main Down Siding to the gantry sidings (Container Terminal Nos. 2 and
3) was removed. Hand-points to Container Terminal Siding No. 1 (Mattersons
Bank Siding) were renewed.
In September the Middle Siding, which was
located between platforms 2 and 3, was removed along with associated
points and shunt signals.
Limerick-Waterford Track on the main and loop lines through Clonmel station has been re-laid
with continuously welded rail (CWR) on concrete sleepers. Crossovers and
turnouts have also been renewed. The Up siding has been shortened to 250m.
Redundant track has been removed from Carrick-on-Suir and the single track
through the station is also CWR on concrete sleepers.
ICR Route Clearance Non-passenger
carrying 12-car 22000-class sets have been cleared to operate between
Dublin Heuston and Laois Traincare Depot. All loops en route are long
enough, except Portlaoise Station Loop which can only accommodate 11 cars.
The class has been cleared to operate on NIR. This will provide
additional flexibilities in case of failure with existing De Dietrich Enterprise
trains instead of using low quality suburban 29000-class railcars. On many
occasions, passengers paying first class fares had to travel in
29000-class railcars while at the same time ICRs operated suburban
services such as to M3 Parkway. It will also be useful when the De
Dietrich sets have to be replaced to allow forthcoming mid-life
Routes cleared were Dundalk-Belfast (Great
Victoria St & Central)-York Road-Bleach Green-Antrim and
re-forming of ICR sets into 3-car, 4-car and 5-car sets has been followed
by much more flexible operation of trains to meet demand for special
occasions and busy periods that was lacking when ICRs were either just a
3-car or 6-car formation. It is now possible to see 3-car, 4-car, 5-car,
6-car, 7-car and 8-car formations regularly, restoring flexibility last
seen when locomotive hauled Mk III carriages dominated operations.
Formations up to 7-car are permitted on
most radial routes from Dublin (see Journal 183 for list) and 8-car is
permitted on the Dublin-Cork route. 7-car formations are not generally
seen on the Dublin-Waterford route due to platform lengths in Kilkenny.
has returned to service and work is nearing completion on 087. 081 is due
out next from Inchicore.
201-Class 226 is
undergoing its 6-yearly overhaul in Inchicore. 2-yearly overhauls have
been completed on 215 and 228.
Mk IV The
active Mk IV fleet during the summer consisted of three sets in daily
service and one undergoing maintenance and also acting as spare (see
Journal 184). The fourth set was regularly pressed into service during the
summer, particularly at weekends, as noted below. Two further Mk IV sets
are planned to be returned to regular service from storage to allow for
release of a 4-car 29000-class railcar and an ICR for fitting out with the
hybrid CAWS/ATP equipment (See Journal 184).
Mk III On
Sunday 17 August 8208 worked another 07:30 Dundalk-Adelaide Mk III
transfer. The next day 8208 worked an Electric Generator Van Dundalk-North
Wall. They were seen passing Donabate at 12:25. On arrival in North Wall,
4 Mk III carriages were added and the train worked a 14:00 North
Wall-Inchicore transfer. These Mk IIIs are being retained for possible use
on a private venture “luxury tour” train in future Read
Irish Open The
Irish Open Golf Tournament took place at Fota Island between Thursday 19
June and Sunday 22 June. Cork-Cobh services were strengthened to 4-car
2600-class sets operating half-hourly 07:00-20:00 and over 200 trains
called at Fota during the tournament.
User Worked Crossings on the Londonderry line have been permanently
closed. They were XL169 Cannings at MP71 on 28 June and XL28 Hills at MP273/4
on 16 August. A new temporary User Worked Crossing XLT206A was brought
into use at Carrickhue MP821/2
Bellarena-Derry on 29 September.
Knockmore-Lurgan This section suffers from failed ballast with muck spots often visible.
The failed ballast has to be removed before new ballast can be laid. NIR
has advertised for the provision of a track mounted ballast cleaning
machine completed with vehicle operatives. It is required to have a cutter
chain depth of 300mm and 150 linear metres/hour output. Work is
anticipated to commence in late summer 2015, with an approximate overall
duration of 24 months.
A design team of Arup, Lead Architect Hiro Aso and John McAslan and
Partners has been appointed. They have an extensive experience in
transport projects including Kings Cross Station in London.
is expected to commence in 2016/17 subject to securing the appropriate
funding and planning permissions
routine Belfast Central-Dublin Connolly GAA special operated on Sunday 21
September at 09:22 as a relief to the 10:00 Belfast-Dublin Enterprise.
While carrying passengers and not exclusively a timing trial, the
opportunity was used to see what the non-stop journey time would be if the
train were guaranteed an unobstructed run but yet sticking rigidly to
existing permanent and temporary speed restrictions. The train consisted
of 3-car CAF set 3003 and took 1 hour 42 minutes.