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Locomotive 124 was generally based in
Locomotives 150, 157 and 188, which had been partially stripped for
spares at Inchicore, were withdrawn at the end of September.
The CAF stock for the Dublin-Cork line under construction in
entered traffic on Wednesday 1 December on the 12.00 North Wall-
InterCity Railcars In
December, IÉ placed an order with Mitsui of Japan for 120 new high
specification InterCity railcar vehicles in 3-car and 6-car sets (See JOURNAL
155 for vehicle details). The vehicles will be built in
2600-class This class now regularly works in multiple with 2800-class on the Dublin-Kildare route. Cork-Cobh services are normally 2600-class. In December, 2600-class operated some Waterford- Limerick Junction- Limerick services in place of the usual 2700-class.
2700-class New instructions were issued in October allowing the operation of railcars 2751 and 2753 as single cars over all lines cleared for the operation of the 2700-class.
IÉ originally purchased 17 2600-class railcar vehicles in 2-car sets
with one spare vehicle. They later purchased 27 2700-class railcar vehicles in
2-car sets and again with one spare vehicle. The two spare single vehicles have
been used to make up sets when a vehicle has had to be removed due to damage or
defect, but have largely lain unused in Inchicore. The two spare vehicles are
currently 2609 and 2716 and these are now to be made up into a single 2-car
unit. Over the years parts have been removed from them and these are now being
replaced. Hunslet-Barclay was awarded the contract and 2716 was moved to
Two-car set 2803/04 arrived in
2900-class The existing 2900-class fleet is being re-numbered to accommodate the next batch of 36 vehicles due this year. The vehicles are being numbered by set identity, eg 2977-80 is now numbered 2920, with individual vehicles given an additional digit 2920-1, -2, -3, -4.
Route Availability 2600-class, 2700-class, 2800-class and 2900-class railcars have now been cleared to operate over all open passenger lines except Howth Junction-Howth (cleared for 2600-class only), Mallow-Tralee and Athlone-Westport/Ballina.
Restricted Coupling In November, IÉ issued instructions for restricted operation of railcars with non-safety critical faults on automatic couplers that are awaiting repair. A stencilled temporary plate mounted on the top of the coupler will indicate the restriction. A plate with a crossed out C indicates that the cab cannot be coupled to another vehicle due to damage or equipment malfunction on an automatic coupler, gangway or end-door. A plate with a crossed out E indicates that cab cannot be used as the leading or trailing cab of a train due to windscreen damage, failed windscreen wipers, end-door fault or some cab control defect. In all cases the vehicles may only remain in service provided its coupler condition will allow mechanical coupling to another railcar or locomotive for emergency purposes.
Mk IId The following vehicles have been withdrawn: 5104, 5204 and 5207.
A four-car set 8627/8527/ 8528/8628 was the first to enter traffic on
Tuesday 31 August. Following further testing and trial running, it entered
regular service on Friday 17 September. Further sets entered service during the
autumn and winter.
refurbishment work of the original Linke-Hoffman-Busch DART 2-car EMUs will take
place by Siemens in the
will initially be brought to a DB works in Leipzig, Germany for stripping and
removing of re-usable components before moving on to Prague in the Czech
Republic where the main refurbishment work will take place. This will give the
following items will be refurbished or replaced: Pantograph, pantograph
compressor, main air compressor and electric motor, equipment cases, batteries,
miniature circuit breakers and push-buttons, braking systems, automatic train
protection system, fitting sanding equipment new head, tail and marker lights,
replacement of inter-car gangways, public address system and new train radios.
The Schafenberg couplers and the traction system will also be upgraded, but the
original DC traction motors will be refurbished.
will take place in passenger facilities such as the installation of an on-board
CCTV system, passenger information system with automated PA and text displays,
improved interior design and colour contrasts for visually impaired
to doors, heaters and lighting, the enhancement of thermal and sound insulation
and an emergency voice communication system for passengers. It is understood
that the popular seating will be retained but with upgraded materials that meet
current fire standards. All interior and exterior glass will be replaced.
October, sets 8107 and 8124 were stripped of air compressors and pantographs and
re-usable spares such as seats and cushions. They were then brought to North
Wall yard for storage pending transportation to DB for stripping before
transportation on to
Thursday 2 December, the DART sets were towed by locomotive 181 from the Midland
Yard to the wagon works in the North Wall to have electric equipment removed.
No. 8313 was moved by low-loader to the Irish Ferries terminal in
Modifications have been made to some of the 8100-class to enable them to
run in multiple with the new 4-car 8520-class. The purpose of this modification
is to make up 6-car trains. On
DART sets 8109, 8111 and 8112 have been fitted with a passenger counting
system. It is supplied by Dilax Intelcom GmbH,
The remainder of this article appears in IRRS Journal number 156, published February 2005.
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