Irish Railway Record Society
JOURNAL 190 IRISH RAILWAY NEWS
ÉIREANN - IRISH RAIL (IÉ)
(on behalf of the CIÉ Group) has awarded a contract to
Viridian t/a Energia, Ashtown Gate, Dublin for for the supply of
electricity to IÉ, Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus.
has placed the following contracts with:
Iompair Éireann is seeking to generate revenue directly from the provision of
on-board WiFi and is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified
entities with a demonstrated track record in commercialising access to WiFi,
including by way of advertising. CIÉ’s subsidiary companies (IÉ, Bus Éireann
and Dublin Bus) have invested significant capital in rolling out on-board WiFi
to their respective customer base and currently provide access to free WiFi for
passengers on the basis of “bring your own device”.
March, IÉ sought expressions of interest from “Lead Integrators” for a
turnkey project to re-power Class 201 Locomotives. The objective of the project
is to deliver a significant reduction in fuel consumption, based on current
passenger /and freight duty cycles and operational routes, and also deliver
significantly higher reliability rates from those of the current locomotive
core requirement is for a design, build and systems integration service
delivering a re-powered Class 201 locomotive that meets or exceeds current
performance characteristics. Most or all of mechanical, electrical, cooling and
control equipment above floor level will need to be replaced, requiring
re-design and systems integration. Existing control equipment in the cabs and
equipment below floor level will be retained, e.g. bogies and traction motors.
Lead Integrator will be responsible for delivering all aspects of the project,
e.g. re-build, commissioning, testing, warranty support, and compliance with
1 is re-power of 22 locomotives.
following options also applies:
2: Option for re-power of up to 14 additional locomotives.
addition IÉ may exercise the following 5 options:
April, IÉ advertised for the supply of W14 Track Fastening Systems component
parts. [W14 is an ‘Elastic Rail Connection System’, in which spring arms of
the W-shaped tension clamp permanently clamp
the rail to the sleeper by means of a dowel and a rail screw. Forces are
transferred to the sleeper and the ground via angled guide plates.
usage by IÉ was:
have published notice as follows to initiate an early market engagement
exercise, which does not, however, indicate the start of any formal procurement
Railways currently operates 43 3-car Diesel Multiple Units (DMUs), each with a
seating capacity of c. 200 passengers, providing local services in Northern
Ireland on four main routes from Londonderry, Larne, Bangor and Newry,
terminating in central Belfast. Total route mileage is approximately 210 miles.
The fleet is made up of two vehicle types, 23 Class 3000 and 20 Class 4000, both
manufactured and supplied by Construcciones y Auxiliar Ferrocarriles, Spain
(CAF) and delivered in 2004/2005 and 2011/2012 respectively. The introduction of
the CAF fleets was accompanied by upgrades to the infrastructure and platforms,
along with the construction of two purpose built maintenance facilities in
Belfast. Passenger numbers on NI Railways have more than doubled since 2004.
are long term vehicle maintenance, support and collaboration agreements in place
between NI Railways and CAF for both vehicle types, Class 3000 initially until
2019 and Class 4000 until 2026. Both agreements have an option to extend for
similar periods. These agreements cover the provision of materials, unscheduled
repair, technical support and vehicle performance. NI Railways staff undertake
the preventative maintenance of both fleets.
Railways also operates a cross border service to Dublin in conjunction with
IarnrOd Éireann using GM locomotives and De Dietrich coaches. There has
recently been a mid-life refurbishment carried out on these vehicles,
consequently they are not part of this Public Information Notice nor of any
network utilisation strategy has been developed to scope the potential fleet
enhancement required to increase passenger capacity on the network. As a result
of this strategic review, it is anticipated that a formal procurement exercise
may start in 2016 - 2017 with service introduction from 2019 - 2020.
Railways is considering options to enhance its DMU fleet by between 42 and 60
vehicles with an increased passenger carrying capacity c. 4000 seated customers
and capable of operating at up to 100 mph (160 km/h). The final number and
format of vehicles is to be determined.
assist in developing the network utilisation strategy, NI Railways will
undertake an early market engagement exercise to identify supplier level of
interest in the project, potential products, technologies, lead times,
indicative budgets, supplier market positions along with maintenance and
commercial options to achieve the approval of an Economic Appraisal to secure
funding. Interested parties may also propose other relevant discussion
SAFETY COMMISION (RSC)
FOR RAILWAY REGULATION
Change of name of the
Railway Safety Commission to Commission for Railway Regulation.
“Kindly note that, for
the purpose of Section 4(1) of the Public Transport Act 2016 (No.3 of 2016), the
name of the Railway Safety Commission will be changed to Commission for Railway
Regulation with effect from Monday 29th February 2016 (the day appointed by
Ministerial Order under S.I. No.69 of 18th February 2016). The change in name
reflects the wider regulatory responsibilities for the railway sector in Ireland
that were assigned to the RSC under the European Union Regulation of Railways)
Regulations, S.I. No.249 of 2015.
As and from Tuesday 1st
March 2016 our e-mail address extensions will change from [name]@rsc.ie to
[name]@crr.ie. The two addresses will operate in tandem for the next six (6)
months. Similarly, our website address will change from www.rsc.ie to
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