Irish Railway Record Society
Line A (Tallaght-Abbey St Middle) Erection of the overhead line equipment (OHLE) support poles and contact wire between the Red Cow stop and the alignment in the median of the Naas Rd was completed at the end of January. Erection of the OHLE through this section was complete by early April. Work is continuing on trackbed surfacing, stop construction, roadway and footpath reinstatement.
C/C(s) (Abbey St Middle-Connolly Station) Work on the construction of
the platforms at the Abbey stop commenced in early January. Track laying at the
Connolly stop commenced on 8 January. Track laying for the entire Luas project
was completed on 2 February when
OHLE between the
end-on junction with Line A in Abbey St Middle and
Trials Tram testing on Lines A and B has made significant progress in recent months. On 11 February the section of Line B being used as a test track was extended to run from the depot at Sandyford to the crossover just south of the platforms at the Beechwood stop. The two trams taking part in the trial were the first to cross the cabled-stayed Taney bridge and the ‘Nine Arches’ viaduct in Milltown.
On 11 March, two
Line B trams ran as far as the foot of the ramp in
completion of road resurfacing works in
Diesels Two diesel locomotives were imported by the contractors to work construction trains on Line B. Similar to French Railways’ Y2200/2300 locomotives, they are equipped with Alstom air-cooled engines.
During the planning and construction phases of the Light Rail project it was considered appropriate that the system be divided into three lines (A, B and C), which were in turn sub-divided into smaller sections (Areas 1 to 12). However, with construction of the network nearing completion and the start of commercial operations fast approaching it is now appropriate to think of the system in terms of the two routes, which will be operated. In view of this the Tallaght-Connolly line has been titled the Red Line, while St. Stephen’s Green-Sandyford will be known as the Green Line.
The remainder of this article appears in IRRS Journal number 154, published June 2004.
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