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JOURNAL 191 Contents AUTHOR Page
Memories of the Railway in Castlerock Des Crockett   130
Obituary - Brendan Pender   140
Forty Years of the 071 Class  compiled by Ciarán Cooney 141
The Ballinphellic Ropeway Ernie Shepherd 152
Observations and Comments    161
1916 - A victory for labour Peter Rigney 163
Coras Iompair Éireann in 1946 Barry Carse 168
Irish Railway News   179
26th August 2017
IRRS Open Day, 11:00 – 17:00, in conjunction with National Heritage Week.
7th September 2017 “Dead End Branch Lines” – a nostalgic slideshow of the branch lines of CIÉ during the 1950s & 60s presented by Leslie Hyland
22nd September 2017
IRRS Open Evening, 19:00 – 21:30, in conjunction with Culture Night.
28th September 2017 “Railways are Inherently Unsafe, They Have to be Kept Safe” – an illustrated talk about safety on the railway by Sean Heneghan (retired Technical Manager, Chief Mechanical Engineers Department, Inchicore Works, Iarnród Éireann)
12th October 2017 Enlisting in Armies; Irish Railwaymen, 1914 to 1923 – an illustrated presentation by Peter Rigney
26th October 2017 Member’s Slide Show – Irish & UK subjects only – presenters limited to 20 images – strictly 10 minutes per person (please contact the Hon. Programme Organiser, Shane Roberts, before this date if you wish to present slides)
9th November 2017 “Life on the Railway in County Laois” – an illustrated presentation by Seán Cain
23rd November 2017 Illustrated Historical Quiz night + prizes to be won! – Another fascinating photo-quiz devised and hosted by Ciarán Cooney and Shane Roberts.
27th November 2017
IRRS Annual Dinner at Wynn’s Hotel, Abbey St., Dublin at 18:30 
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Saturday 12th August Diesel Railtour from Dublin Connolly to Howth and Sligo.
The requested motive power is a GM 071 Class locomotive throughout, with a locomotive change requested in Howth. (Click Here for Booking Form)
Saturday 30th September 2017 Outing to Enniskillen
To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the closure of the GNRI / SLNCR railways of Fermanagh and the Border counties on 30th Sept 1957.
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INFRASTRUCTURE Dublin-Howth 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

SIGNALLING Grand 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 siding.
Clongriffin 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.
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Passenger Operations.
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 Fairview Depot.
Freight 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.
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LOCOMOTIVESTuesday 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 215. 
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.
RAILCARS 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, 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.
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