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22000-Class ICR Routes The class has now been cleared to operate in passenger service between Manulla Junction and Ballina (3-car), Gorey-Rosslare (3-car south of Greystones), into Docklands station and between Islandbridge Junction and Glasnevin Junction. They have also been cleared to operate as 9-car between Dublin Connolly/Heuston-Cork-Tralee but are not allowed to serve Newbridge, Portarlington, Ballybrophy, Templemore, Banteer, Rathmore and Farranfore.

22000-Class ICR Commissioning The final standard-class ICR 6-car set, 22045, entered service on Thursday 3 December on the 17:25 Dublin-Limerick. Nineteen 3-car sets are on order for delivery in 2011, as are replacements for sets 22010 and 22011.

22000-Class ICR Workings On Thursday 26 November, 6-car ICRs commenced working Dublin-Sligo trains, replacing pairs of 3-cars. Standard-class set 22044 worked the 13:05 Connolly-Sligo, which only operated to/from Longford because of flooding. The same morning, 3-car ICR 22008 worked Docklands-Clonsilla services instead of the usual 4-car 29000-class. On Monday 7 December, Premier-class 22034 and Standard-class 22045 transferred from Heuston to Connolly.

Dublin-Rosslare services are worked by 3-car ICRs since the commencement of the new timetable in November. 3-car ICRs have taken over from 4-car 29000-class on the Heuston-Kildare route.

2600-Class With the commencement of the new timetable, the 2600-class have been transferred from Drogheda to Cork. This now means they have re-appeared on some Mallow-Tralee InterCity services. On Wednesday 30 December, 2-car 2616/05 worked an overcrowded 09:15 Tralee-Mallow.

2700-Class The new timetable saw Ballina branch trains change from 2-car 2600-class to 2-car 2700-class. The latter are all based in Limerick and sets are swapped on Saturdays to facilitate inspection and maintenance. 2705/06 arrived in Ballina at 13:15 on Saturday 12 December from Limerick and was used for driver training from the following Monday. 2709/10 replaced 2705/06 on Saturday 19 December. It failed in Ballina on Christmas Eve and a bus was used for the rest of the day.

2800-Class One set, generally 4-car, works the 16:53 Maynooth-Wexford link, while another 8-car and two 4-car sets are used on Dublin outer suburban and Maynooth lines.

The remainder of this article appears in IRRS Journal number 171, published February 2010.

Copyright 2010 by Irish Railway Record Society Limited
Revised: January 04, 2016

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