Irish Railway Record
November, the Minister for Regional Development, Mr Conor Murphy MP MLA, told
the Assembly: ‘A business case has not been provided for the extension of the
railway system here recently. The planned investment in public transport by the
Department for Regional Development in the North of Ireland, over the next ten
years, is set out in the Investment Delivery Plan which is published on the
Strategic Investment Board’s website. Development of the railway
infrastructure is currently based on the recommendations arising out of the
business case, produced in August 2007, for the New Trains Two Programme...
Given the available funding, my priority at this time is to maintain, improve
and upgrade existing railway lines in the region’.
building of a railway link and the necessary services to connect Portadown to
Derry, to include links with Dungannon, Enniskillen, Omagh and Strabane is not
considered to be feasible at this time’.
Belfast-Dublin Turnouts into the
up sidings at the Dublin end of Portadown were renewed using new timber bearers
in October. Steel sleepers were used to re-lay the sidings.
Bridges In December, the
Minister for Regional Development told the Assembly that ‘With regard to
bridges on the NIR network, Translink and its sub-contractors carry out a visual
inspection annually. In addition, 39 bridges over larger rivers and streams
received underwater inspections in 2008. These inspections consider erosion to
the river bed, and whether there has been a change since the previous
inspection. A further 116 bridges over smaller rivers and streams have been
inspected in the last three months, with a further two bridges due to be
inspected later this month. All work recommended during the inspections has been
completed, or is programmed.’
was a line closure between Londonderry and Coleraine between 21:00 on Friday 25
and 24:00 on Sunday 27 September. The closure was to facilitate bridge works at
UB215 Greysteel near MP85, UB204 Magilligan near MP72 and UB203 Umbra near MP71.
Stations The new station building at Newry opened for passengers on 7 September.
It was officially opened by the Minister for Regional Development on 25
November. The new station features: a landscaped 300 space Park+Ride site with
14 disabled bays; new link road to the station; an integrated bus terminus and
turning facility with a free link bus to Newry city centre; lifts and an
enclosed link bridge between platforms; canopies covering most of both
platforms; electronic passenger information; fully accessible toilets; CCTV
system; covered cycle parking; passenger amenities including vending machines
and a baby changing room. For the first time in its history, Newry station has a
passenger waiting area with heating and comfortable seating. Staff can also
benefit from a new sales and ticketing office, ticket barrier facility, kitchen
and locker room; toilet facilities and manager’s office. The new station cost
£14.6m and was completed on time and on budget.
IIf The last
passenger working of the Gatwick set was the 07:50 Portadown-Central on 18 June
hauled by 8111. It is understood that there are no plans to return the set to
service. The ‘Gatwick’ Driving Van Trailer (DVT) 8918 has not entered
Sandite train commenced seasonal operation in late September and was formed by
8082 + 8754 + 8097. Following engine damage to 8097 on 19 October, the train was
reformed as a 4-car set, 8082 + 8097 + 8754 + 8094, with 8097 being hauled dead
and only used for spraying Sandite. Following completion of Sandite duties, set
8082 + 8747 + 8754 + 8094 commenced services on the Larne line on 17 December.
The other 4-car set was 8090 + two + 8093. Power car 8069 was delivered to York
Rd Depot on 18 September.
visited Inchicore for wheel turning on Thursday 14 January as the York Rd wheel
lathe was out of service.
twenty new railcars sets on order from CAF will be numbered 4001-20, with
individual vehicles numbered 430x-450x-440x. It is believed that they will
primarily be used on Portadown-Bangor services and will have fewer seats with
tables than the 3000-class. Each set will have 212 seats, which is 12 more than
the 3000-class. A pram space will be provided by changing the bay of seats
immediately inside the door for a pair of tip-up seats. These will be mounted
against the wall. There will be one disabled access toilet per 3-car set.
railcars will be equipped with a 530hp MTU engine and transmission from ZF of
Friedrichshafen. Translink have reported very good experience with ZF
transmission in its bus fleet and the gearbox chosen will be more suited to
frequent start-stop operation of suburban working than the Voith transmission
used in the 3000-class, which is more suited to higher speed mainline operation.
There will be no auxiliary engine for ‘hotel power’, which will be drawn
from the main engine. It is anticipated that the vehicles will be 4 tonnes
lighter than the 3000-class and will be 10%
more fuel efficient. Construction is planned to commence in April 2010, with the
first set entering service in August 2011. Delivery will allow more 3000-class
sets to be allocated to Derry line trains.
year NIR operate in excess of 100,000 trains on the local network and 5,500 Enterprise trains. The following cancellations were reported: