Irish Railway Record Society
Journal 190 - Operations
On 27 May, Bruce
Springsteen was playing in Croke Park and Ireland had a friendly soccer match
against the Dutch at the Aviva Stadium. Most trains coming into Dublin were very
busy, although the preferred option for many travellers was car or bus, judging
by the high volumes on the approaches to the city. On the railways, many trains
were strengthened, the 13:20 from Cork was 229 + 7 Mk IV, DT 4004, and the 09:05
from Tralee (4-car ICR set 26) was extended from Mallow through to Heuston; the
09:45 from Westport had a 4-car ICR added at Athlone, making it 7-car, and the
11:20 from Cork was a 7-car ICR. There was also a relief to the 12:20 ex Cork,
which consisted of 219 + 7 Mk IV, DT 4002), the relief leaving Mallow at 12:38
(ICR 4-car set 22).
The Limerick – Ennis
line was re-opened on Tuesday 17 May, having been closed for 5 months
on account of flooding at Ballycar. This line is constantly in the news and part
of the programme for government includes re-opening the section from Athenry to
Claremorris. An economist writing in the Sunday papers stated that he was
ashamed to be part of the government apparatus approving the spending on the
Western Rail Corridor. He went on to state that it cost €105m to operate, with
passenger numbers pitiful, amounting to about 1000 per week. In an interesting
reply the following week, it was pointed out that annual projections for Iarnród
Éireann had been 169,000 for the Galway - Limerick route. Actual numbers
achieved were 220,000 in 2014 and 270,000 in 2015. Passenger projections for the
“new” section between Athenry and Ennis had been 100,000. Actual passenger
numbers in 2014 were 50,000 but in 2015 reached 102,000, according to IÉ. A
recent survey by the NTA found that on a given day 886 passengers boarded 10
trains on the entire route.
has doubled capacity on its intermodal rail service from Waterford Port to
Ballina commencing March 2016, with the introduction of a second round trip
weekly. DFDS believe the time is right to offer this increased intermodal
service to its customers.
new capacity will benefit customers in the west and north west of Ireland in
particular, providing them with a cost effective alternative when compared with
a road-based shipping option, as well as a reduced carbon footprint.
train timetable is optimised to meet the DFDS sailing schedules from Waterford
Port to Rotterdam, which allows for onward delivery into Europe. Customers can
now load in the west of Ireland on Tuesday morning and deliver in Holland on
Friday. Rotterdam also provides access to DFDS sailings to Norway, DFDS Rail
Service, and rail connections to Italy and Turkey, allowing for a rail-sea-rail
connection from Ballina to Milan and Istanbul.
into Ireland will also benefit from this extra capacity, with the intermodal
rail solution particularly suitable for bulk tank operators and large volume
shippers to the west and north of Ireland.
is also working with IÉ to further develop its rail capacity by offering longer
trains. Trails are currently in progress and it is hoped to bring further news
of this development in the near future.
current timetable is as follows
train press release March 2016.
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