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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.
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
liner from Ballina to
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
station. In Arklow, the
special was overtaken by 155+190 + 6 bogies of concrete sleepers en route to
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.
The Limerick-Ennis line was cleared for 201-class operation from 1 August.
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.
car vehicles 2751 and 2753, which are normally based in
, worked out of Dublin Connolly as part of a si-car set
during May before returning to
. 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
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.
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.
6-car 2700-class sets had been overhauled in
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
depot. This included modifications to the engine air intake
system to eliminate the problem of air starvation and consequent smoky exhausts.
following is a summary of railcar route availability as of early August
Tuesday 15 June, a 20.00 Drogheda-Dundalk-Drogheda trial operated to test
compatibility of different types of railcars. It was formed by
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.
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.
final six sets, numbered from 8629/8529/8530/8630 to 8639/8539/8540/8640, were
delivered from Mitsui in
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
While most DART vehicle maintenances is carried out in
, bogies are refurbished and
wheel turning is carried out in Inchicore Works. Regular transfer trains run
and Inchicore. On
Wednesday 26 May, 186
hauled 4 four-wheel wagons
containing DART bogies at 11.00 from
to Inchicore for overhaul.
remainder of this article appears in IRRS Journal number 155, published October 2004.
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