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LOCOMOTIVES

071-class  
Following the taking over of Dublin-Rosslare services by 2700-class railcars, the 071-class are more noticeable on passenger train workings from Heuston. Regular workings include the 11.00 Dublin-Galway and 15.10 return, 16.30 Dublin-Carlow and 18.06 return, 17.55 Dublin-Athlone and 20.19 empty return and Friday-Only trains. From 15.45 to 18.45 on Wednesday 18 August, eleven trains into and out of Heuston were worked by 071-class. They have also been regularly noted on permanent way trains.

121-Class   
Locomotive 134 remained out of use in Inchicore with defective wheels during the summer, while No. 124 worked Limerick-Cork cement trains in conjunction with 141/181-class. It also worked other freight trains as noted later. It remained in Claremorris for over a week in mid-August, as there was no scheduled
Norfolk liner from Ballina to Waterford .

On Tuesday 1 June, 124+187 + 9 RPSI carriages formed a 13.43 Dublin Pearse-Wicklow-Arklow-Greystones vintage charter train for the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers. The former State Coach No. 351 was included in the consist and various signalling equipment was on display in Wicklow and Arklow, including a pneumatically operated set of points similar to those used in Limerick station. In Arklow, the special was overtaken by 155+190 + 6 bogies of concrete sleepers en route to Weford.

141/181-class   
A considerable number of the class have been repainted in Inchicore works over the summer months and they continue to regularly work freight and permanent way trains. They also regularly appear on Cork-Tralee, Waterford-Rosslare and occasionally on other passenger services. They have proven particularly useful in providing rescue when other locomotives fail on passenger trains.

201-class   
The Limerick-Ennis line was cleared for 201-class operation from 1 August.

 

DIESEL RAILCARS

2600-class   
This class now regularly operates in multiple with the 2800-class. On 29 July, the 17.15 Dublin Connolly-Longford was formed by 2808/2807/2801/2802/2606/2615.

2700-class  
 
Single car vehicles 2751 and 2753, which are normally based in Limerick , worked out of Dublin Connolly as part of a si-car set during May before returning to Limerick . Amongst workings were 2702/01/19/22/51/53 on the 17.15 Connolly-Longford on Tuesday 11 May and on the 17.25 Connolly-Gorey on the net day.

Dublin-Rosslare services were taken over by two 6-car 2700-class railcars from Monday 26 July, replacing the 071-class + EGV + 6 Mk IId sets. Set 2714/13/21/20/10/09 worked the 07.10 Maynooth-Rosslare Europort as far as Enniscorthy where it terminated due to track re-laying south of Wexford. It then worked the continuation of the 13.30 Rosslare Europort-Maynooth and 17.55 Maynooth-Rosslare Europort. Set 2718/17/19/22/26/23 worked the 13.40 Dublin Connolly-Rosslare Europort and 18.15 return.

The last regularly scheduled Mk IId workings were 166+177 + EGV + 6 Mk IId on the 06.45 Gorey-Dundalk and 10.41 Dundalk-Arklow as far as Connolly and 078 + EGV + 6 Mk IId on the 07.30 Rosslare Europort-Dublin Connolly on Monday 26 July. On Sunday 25 July, 166+177+ EGV + 6 Mk IId worked the 18.15 Rosslare Europort-Dublin Connolly as far as Arklow, where it terminated due to DART upgrade works. The pair had worked the 17.05 Waterford-Rosslare Europort on the Saturday.

Both 6-car 2700-class sets had been overhauled in Drogheda and modified to work Dublin-Rosslare services. Work included re-trimming seats; repairs to fixed tables between face to face seats and the fitting of seat back tables for unidirectional seating; refurbishment of the toilet modules; installation of a small catering area including a trolley area and shelving; adjustments to the exterior doors; and the removal of seats to fit bicycle racks in 2720 and 2722.

In the drivers' cab areas, seating has been improved, new panelling has been installed where needed and doors and door locks have been improved. The main engines were overhauled, while the generators were replaced, as were the compressed air dryers. New, larger, radiators were fitted.

The Working Timetable was altered to include an empty 22.00 Connolly-Drogheda and an empty 02.30 Drogheda-Connolly to allow the railcars be serviced in Drogheda Depot. One challenge is the maintaining of enough working toilets following their reduction from ten in the Mk IId train to three in the 2700-class train and given the poor historical reliability of toilets in the 2700-class.

On Wednesday 28 July, the 17.55 Maynooth-Rosslare Europort, 2714/13/21/20/10/09, struck a barricade on the line at Ferrycarrig near Wexford, damaging one engine on the set. The train worked on to Rosslare, but was taken out of service after working the 07.30 Rosslare Europort-Dublin Connolly the net morning and went to Drogheda depot for repair. The 13.40 Dublin Connolly-Rosslare Europort and 18.15 return was worked by 074 + GSV + 5 Cravens. The railcar was repaired and was back working the 07.10 Maynooth-Rosslare net morning.

2900-class    
On Saturday 8 May, four-car set 2933-36 carried out clearance trials between Dundalk - Belfast Great Victoria Street - Lisburn - Antrim - Bleach Green Junction - Belfast GVS - Dundalk, stopping at York Road Depot. A further trial took place on Saturday 26 June using set 2977-80.

Reliability and performance of the fleet continues to be good. Supplier CAF has commenced a programme of warranty work and minor modifications to the fleet in Drogheda depot. This included modifications to the engine air intake system to eliminate the problem of air starvation and consequent smoky exhausts.

Route Availability  The following is a summary of railcar route availability as of early August

 Route                           Class            2600        2700        2800        2900

Connolly-Border

x x x x

Connolly-Islandbridge

x x x x

Connolly-Rosslare   Europort

x x x x

Connolly-Sligo                                     

x x x x

Heuston-Cork- Cobh

x x x x

Ballybrophy-Limerick

x x x x

Limerick Junction-Limerick

x x x x

Limerick-Ennis

x x x x

Cherryville-Waterford

x x x x

Howth Junction-Howth

x      

Portarlington-Galway

x x x x
 

On Tuesday 15 June, a 20.00 Drogheda-Dundalk-Drogheda trial operated to test compatibility of different types of railcars. It was formed by 2707/08+2807/08+2606/15

 

Mk IIIa   
The former Mk III International set that operates the Cú Na Mara link on the Galway-Dublin route has been modified by removal of its push-button passenger alarm system and its replacement by a conventional Mk III passenger communication cord system i.e. one that releases air in the brake pipe and applies the brakes. The modification has also been done to standard 6208, which is the only Mk IIIa vehicle that is allowed to operate with conventional Mk III carriages. Conventional Mk III dining cars are permitted to operate in the Mk IIIa consist. The programme of replacing seating continues in Inchicore.

DART

8520-class   
Trials took place at night between Malahide and Howth Junction during the early summer. They were later extended to run from Howth and Malahide to Greystones at night and later during daytime.

The final six sets, numbered from 8629/8529/8530/8630 to 8639/8539/8540/8640, were delivered from Mitsui in Japan to Dublin Port in July. They were offloaded between Tuesday 27 July and Thursday 29 July from the MV Happy Ranger and were towed to Malahide Quarry and Inchicore Works for storage. Sets 8631/32 and 8633/34 were in store in Inchicore in August.

Other  
While most DART vehicle maintenances is carried out in
Fairview , bogies are refurbished and wheel turning is carried out in Inchicore Works. Regular transfer trains run between Fairview and Inchicore. On Wednesday 26 May, 186 hauled 4 four-wheel wagons containing DART bogies at 11.00 from Fairview
to Inchicore for overhaul.

 

The remainder of this article appears in IRRS Journal number 155, published October 2004.

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Revised: November 06, 2015
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