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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.

Line 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 Dublin ’s Lord Mayor, Royston Brady, ceremonially welded the last section of track into place at the Connolly stop. During April work commenced on the roadway and footpath reconstruction in Abbey St Lower. The construction of new traffic islands in Beresford place has also been undertaken.

Erection  of  the  OHLE between  the   end-on junction with Line A in Abbey St Middle and Beresford Place had been completed by early April. On the weekend of 17/18 April the OHLE was extended to the Connolly station terminus.


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 7 March, 3009 and 3023 became the first trams to operate on the city side of the Red Cow depot when they ran to Heuston station. Until that date testing on Line A had been confined to the depot-Tallaght section.

On 11 March, two Line B trams ran as far as the foot of the ramp in Peter Place . It had been intended that they would travel into the terminus at St Stephen’s Green, but in view of the train bombings in Madrid that morning the trial was cancelled as a mark of respect. The trial took place on 15 March with 4002 and 4006 travelling to the terminus where they were greeted by the Taoiseach and the Minister for Transport. As the vehicles made their way slowly down Harcourt Street they were greeted by applause from the assembled crowds.

Following the completion of road resurfacing works in Harcourt Street , intensive trials began on Line B on 18 April. From about 09:30 until 12:30 trams operated every 5 to 7 minutes to the St Stephen’s Green terminus. With commercial services due to start in June, trial running will become more frequent over the coming months.

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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