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JOURNAL 171 ROLLING STOCK
Dublin based standby set was replaced by a 6-car ICR in early September, leaving
the Fridays-Only 16:15 Dublin-Ballina as the sole remaining regular scheduled Mk
III working. The fleet was withdrawn from service after the All Ireland Football
Final on Sunday 20 September. Three sets were in service over this weekend. The
last working was a 13:45 relief from Dublin to Cork next day. See PASSENGER
OPERATIONS for details.
following were scrapped in Inchicore in September and October: Inchicore - 6311,
7107, 7118, 7135, 7405 and 7402, Waterford - 6310, 6316, 6315, 7105, 7112, 7119,
7134, 7148 and 7410.
Monday 5 October, 083 worked two Mk III transfers from Heuston to North Wall for
storage, the first was 7615
+ 7104 + 7411 + 7129 + 7113 + 7121 + 7146 + 7102 and
the second was
7602 + 7168 + 7407 + 7157 + 7144 + 7143 + 7115. On Wednesday 7 October, 075
hauled 7614 + 7171 + 7404 + 7103 + 7120 + 7140 + 7149 + 7132 from the former
Heuston Goods to North Wall.
remaining coaches 6201, 6202, 6208 and 6401 were scrapped in Inchicore in
and 1166, which were in use as brake vans in recent years, were scrapped in
Inchicore in September.
End Power Surplus
Mk III Electric Generator Vans (EGV) are being readied for Enterprise
working. This will allow locomotive engines to run at a speed determined by
power requirements set by the driver rather than continuously running at
synchronous (full) speed required to supply 50Hz for train heating and lighting
supply known as Head End Power. HEP has resulted in significant wear and tear on
locomotive engines with resultant poor reliability and the need for regular
engine re-builds. In addition, fuel consumption has been so high that refuelling
has been required during daytime operations. Noise levels from locomotives in
HEP mode are also excessive.
September, EGV 7604 was on test in Inchicore with the Enterprise
set stored following the collapse of the Malahide viaduct. Modification work
included extra cabling for push-pull working and removal of the gangway rubber
at one end. It is understood that five EGVS will be converted. The unstaffed EGV
will be marshalled next to the locomotive and there will be no gangway
connection between it and the de Dietrich vehicles.
non push-pull fitted members of the class continue to be stored (Nos. 201-205
& 210-214 – all orange liveried). Push-pull fitted locomotives are also
now being ‘temporarily’ stored. The first two locomotives were 215 and 216,
but 217 and 218 were also expected to be stored. Temporarily stored locomotives
are parked in the open and are started up weekly and serviced. It is anticipated
that there will be a fleet of twenty push-pull fitted 201-class locomotives kept
in regular service. Overhaul work in Inchicore included the 2-year overhaul of
225. 232 was also in works awaiting an overhauled generator. 231 has been fitted
with TPWS. It worked 13:00 Dublin-Belfast and 16:00 return on Sunday 22
Fitting of Teloc event recorders has been finished on 074 and 078. This leaves
084, 085 and 087 to be fitted and this must be done for continued operation
the withdrawal of the Mk III fleet (see below) the only remaining locomotive
hauled passenger workings are the Dublin-Cork Mk IVs and Dublin-Belfast De
Dietrichs and these have to be worked by push-pull fitted 201-class. The last
reported working of an 071-class on a scheduled passenger train was 080 + 7 Mk
III + EGV on the 09:30 Cork-Dublin on Friday 21 August.
continue to operate freight, permanent way and pilot/rescue workings. Pilot
locomotives are based in Limerick Junction, Portlaoise and Athlone. On Wednesday
7 October, 075 worked light engine from Dublin Connolly to Sligo. It departed
between the 17:05 Connolly-Sligo and 17:15 Connolly-Longford. Next day it hauled
failed ICR 22021 from Sligo to Connolly and on to Laois Depot the following
As none of the class has been fitted with Teloc event recorders, remaining
members of the fleet will have to be withdrawn as lead units and effectively
taken out of service. The following locomotives have been preserved: 141 (RPSI),
142 (RPSI), 146 (ITG) and 190 (ITG).
Locomotive 167 has been approved for disposal.
sole revenue duty of the class, Kilmastulla-Mungret (Limerick) shale trains
ceased in December. Double-headed operation of the class, for so long a regular
feature, had effectively been reduced to one pair 175+177, which were operating
permanent way trains into January. Other members of the class acted as pilot
locomotives in Connolly (usually 144 and 152), the Inchicore-Heuston driver
‘taxi’ and other permanent way trains. The last active 181-class locomotive,
190, was taken out of service and transferred in full working condition to the
ITG at Moyasta on 26 November.
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