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Obituary and Appreciation– Lance King   2
Deutz G Class Locomotives of CIÉ Dan Renehan 4
Observations and Comments    19
The Irish Railway Diaries of G J Aston – 1948   20
Irish Railway News – Minor   31
Reviews   40
Loo Bridge Station Norman Campion 42
Irish Railway News – National   43
13th October 2016 “Irish Trams” – an illustrated presentation by Bill Garrioch
27th October 2016 IRRS 70th Anniversary Supper. 
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10th November 2016 “Valencia Harbour Branch – A 1935 Report”.
21st November 2016
Annual Dinner at the Grand Hotel, Malahide Click here for details and booking form
24th November 2016 Member’s Slide Show – Irish & UK subjects only  
08th December 2016 “Carriers, Bailees and Policemen "
13th December 2016 (Tuesday) Christmas Library Night
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INFRASTRUCTUREBoyne Viaduct. Refurbishment of the Boyne Viaduct in Drogheda UBB82 was completed in November. The €6.1m project was funded under the EU's INTERREG IVA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body, with match-funding supplied by the Department for Regional Development (NI) and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in Ireland. Work involved install ation of a new drainage system to capture and remove rainwater, steelwork repairs and re-laying of track over the viaduct. The old paintwork was removed and replaced with a more suitable and modern protective paint system. A new lighting system was also installed on the town side or Down side of the bridge and was commissioned in early December. On 11 December a special event attended by various dignitaries was held to mark completion of the work.
Cross City Centre Re-Signalling On Friday 25 September the Dublin North PC-Emergency Control Panel was commissioned for operational trials. It extends from Killester to south of Malahide including the Howth Branch. However, suburban Centralised Traffic Control (CTC) remains the normal signalling control for the Dublin North Interlocking.
Phase 3 Stage 5 was commissioned on Sunday 6 December. The Up line between Grand Canal Dock and Pearse was returned to service and the Down line was taken out of service. .Read More

22000-Class ICR Set Formations The ICR fleet remains:




22001 – 10


190 Std.

22011 – 30

4 car

262 Std.

22031 – 40

Premier Class


258 Std. + 36 First

22041 – 45


262 Std.

22046 – 63


190 Std.

Sets 22001 and 22002 are still combined as a fixed 6-car set (See Journal 188): Valances The first set to be fitted with the new aluminium front valances was 3-car set 22058 which was released from Laois Traincare Depot on Thursday 17 December (See Journal 188).
201 Class. Work continues on fitting out 201’s used for Enterprise trains with cab equipment for the refurbished De Dietrich carriages train management system. This is being done by CAF in York Rd, Belfast. By January 206, 207, 8208, 8209 and 228 were done with 227 scheduled to go to Belfast. 231 was undergoing overhaul in the Ramps in Inchicore and 233 was in traffic. On Wednesday 9 December 228 returned to service from overhaul when it worked the 09:00 Dublin-Cork and 12:20 return. It is now in the new Enterprise livery, as is 227. Read More

In January 2016 IÉ’s Chief Executive said “Despite extreme weather challenges in the last 3 months of the year, we met both our [2015] punctuality and reliability targets, which is a credit to all colleagues working in atrocious conditions to keep services moving and for that I am most grateful.”
Timetable Consultations In November IÉ published a draft new 2016 timetable for services serving Connolly Station Dublin. The reason for the new timetable is the proposed increase in DART frequencies to 10 minutes Monday-Friday to effectively provide a “turn up and go” service. This service has been allocated funding by the NTA and additional drivers have been recruited.
FAI Cup Final On Sunday 8 November two specials operated for Cork City football club for their match against Dundalk at Lansdowne Rd, Dublin. The 08:05 Cork-Dublin was 4-car 22042 and the 09:10 Cork-Dublin was 5 + 3 cars 22030 + 22005. The 09:10 Cork-Dublin special ran through to Lansdowne Rd, running about 20 minutes early. There were 2 specials from Dundalk which ran through to Lansdowne Rd. Both were 8-car 29000 sets packed to capacity. The 11:50 from Dundalk was followed by an extra special approximately 15 minutes later, squeezed in before the 11:05 Belfast-Dublin. Read More

Carriage Refurbishment
Work continued throughout the autumn in York Rd. The £12.2m refurbishment programme was financed through the EU’s INTERREG IVA Programme, which is managed by the Special EU Programmes Body with support from the Department for Regional Development (NI) and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in Ireland. Internal changes include repainting, refitting the toilets and installing power sockets, new floor coverings from Ulster Carpets and energy-efficient Teknoware LED lighting. ProStyle refurbished the seats with new materials including leather. Passenger information and seat reservation systems are being supplied by Televic, with system integration by CAF which supplied the new train management system. R2P upgraded the saloon and forward-facing CCTV. The catering cars were also redesigned.

Regular night time trials of the newly refurbished carriages also took place. The first refurbished set visited Dublin Connolly on trial at lunchtime on Thursday 15 October. Read More

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