Irish Railway Record Society
Journal 191 - Operations
completion of signalling and trackwork alterations at Grand Canal Dock, Irish
Rail have put out for public consultation the proposed timetable of trains from
Newbridge and Hazelhatch to Grand Canal Dock via the Phoenix Park Tunnel. In the
morning peak on Mondays to Fridays, 7 Up trains are proposed, leaving Newbridge
at 06:14, Hazelhatch 06:50, Newbridge 07:00, Newbridge 07:20, Hazelhatch 08:10,
Hazelhatch 08:35 and Newbridge 09:12. Return services from Grand Canal Dock are
at 07:25, 07:49 and 08:10. The services are clearly directed to bring passengers
from stations starting from Newbridge to Drumcondra, Connolly, Tara Street,
Pearse and Grand Canal Dock. There is no stop at Heuston. Connections from
Portlaoise are poor.
is then no service until the evening peak, where the emphasis is on returning
passengers home from Grand Canal Dock etc. Services from Grand Canal Dock are at
16:20 to Hazelhatch, 16:40 to Newbridge, 17:00 to Hazelhatch, 17:28 to
Newbridge, 17:58 to Hazelhatch, 18:16 to Newbridge, 18:40 to Hazelhatch and
19:13 to Hazelhatch. The 17:28 from Grand Canal Dock replaces the 17:55 ex
Heuston and the 18:10 from Heuston to Portlaoise is advanced to 18:05 with extra
stops at Park West and Clondalkin Fonthill. Otherwise changes to the present
timetable are minimal, as set out below.
would appear that 4 sets, possibly from the ICR fleet, are required in the
morning and 5 in the evening. There are no services proposed for Saturdays or
changes are proposed to the existing timetable to accommodate the new services,
Heuston-Portlaoise advanced to 08:25
Heuston-Portlaoise deferred to 17:25
Heuston-Limerick advanced to 17:20
Portlaoise-Heuston advanced to 07:17
Newbridge-Heuston deferred to 08:11
06:05 Waterford-Heuston advanced to 06:00
Cork-Tralee is advanced to 06:20
Tralee-Heuston deferred to 07:05
services are maintained at current levels
WAY DEPARTMENT (PWD)
have been Saturday night PWD operations using hired contractors' plant assisted
by spoil trains to install drainage piping and catchpits in the
Raheny-Harmonstown section. This is to coincide with the sections of relaying
that were done during April 2016.
the nights of Saturday July 2 and Sunday 3 July, the section of plain track on
the Up Road between the crossovers on the approach to Howth station was renewed.
New track panels were brought out to the site on a panel train along with fresh
ballast in spoil wagons, some of which were stockpiled by the lineside for later
use, due to the difficulty in bringing ballast into Howth by road. The combined
spoil and panel train was worked by locomotive 086 and ran out on the Down road
to Howth. The locomotive then stopped short of the crossovers, unhooked, crossed
over and returned light-engine to Howth Junction on the Up road, before crossing
over to the Down road and heading back towards Howth to hook up to the train
relaying was carried out through Platform 2 in Drogheda on the weekends of 2/3
and 16/17 July. Spoil trains were used during the excavations on the Saturday
nights. Fresh ballast was stockpiled in advance in the wide six-foot in Drogheda
Station, discharged using the HOBS train. This was due to the difficulty in
bringing ballast into Drogheda by road.
trains were working mid-week nights, 5-8 September, doing site preparation work
for the ballast cleaning project on the Cork Line. The work included excavating
away parts of cutting slopes to create space to allow temporary side-casting of
ballast cleaning spoil. Ballast cleaning re-commenced on the Down line between
MPs (mileposts) 20 and 21½ on Saturday 10 September
part of a programme of inspection of post-tensioned concrete bridges, intrusive
investigations were carried out by a specialist contractor to overbridge OBS467
(Lamagh Bridge) near Newtownforbes. This was done on nights of 16-20 August
using hired contractors' rail-mounted plant for access.
Locomotive 216 ran a trial LE from Inchicore to Hazelhatch sporting a temporary
lime green undercoat. This was its first run on the mainline since overhaul.
224 operated the 19:00 Dublin Heuston-Cork, this being its first day in traffic
after being repainted. 224 carries the current Intercity livery, with the
current logos in the style of 215.
216 worked Mark 4 set 4003 empty from Inchicore to Portarlington and return.
of 1 September 2016, the following locomotives were under repair:
was undergoing a 2-year overhaul and 072 a cooling exam, both in Diesel Two
and 230 were undergoing body-overhauls as was 082 in the ramps. 230 was
previously stopped in June 2013 having suffered fire damage at Goraghwood while
working the 18:05 Belfast Central-Dublin Connolly
Enterprise. The locomotive was placed in position for body-overhaul in late
August but remains fire damaged. As part of the overhaul program, parts from 211
were being used in 230.
was receiving newly overhauled bogies in Diesel One.
was being prepared for re-entry to traffic after body-overhaul and repaint.
Railcar Front Fairings
programme to replace the original three piece fairings (alternatively called
valances) as fitted on delivery is continuing, with 22132, 22134, 22139, 22208,
22228, 22242, 22245, 22254, 22258, 22307, 22308, 22310, 22325, 22339, 22342,
22345, 22354, 22358 and 22362 all noted with the new front ends fitted between
January and September 2016. Of interest is that some sets were released with
only one end converted (22034 being a notable example). The panels are being
produced by Voith (see Journal 188).
Numbers, Livery Alterations and Fleet Formation
fleet has continued to gain EVN numbers in accordance with RSC-G-021-C
(available from www.crr.ie), with the number in white and car reporting numbers
(22xxx) highlighted in black. In addition, the vehicles are slowly gaining
interior numbers in the EVN style. In addition, all sets now carry the current
logos (22001-22006 / 22036-22039 minus flag for Cross Border operations).
is once again formed permanently with 22002, in the following formation:
is due to the driving cars of 22001 having the new CAWS / ATP Hybrid system
installed, and the re-formation retains the required number of sets in use. The
sets had been put together on Wednesday 27 August 2015 and split (to allow for
testing of the new system) on June Bank Holiday weekend 2016. Following testing,
the sets were reformed into the 6 car formation on 15 July 2016, working the
18:15 Heuston – Westport that night.
Railcar set 29010 hauled LHB Darts 8134 + 8334 + 8137 + 8337 from Inchicore
Works to Dublin Connolly, arriving there shortly after 20:00. Set 29027 then
hauled the DART sets onwards to Fairview Depot.
Bray Air Show is one of the busiest days of the year on DART. This year it was
held on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 July, starting at 14:00. An intensive
programme of trains was planned.
Four extra trains ran between Greystones and Bray in each direction. The normal
Saturday service is hourly at 30 mins past the hour from Greystones. 4 extras
ran from Dún Laoghaire to Bray, at 10:40, 11:25, 12:15 and 13:28. However,
after the show all specials from Bray were for Connolly or Howth. Extra DARTs
also operated at 10:50 from Malahide to Bray and 11:18 from Howth to Bray. There
was assistance from the diesel railcar fleet, with specials from Connolly to
Bray at 12:00 and 12:21 formed of 8-piece 29000 Class railcars. Further railcars
were to have run at 14:05 and 14:15 if required. Finally, there were DARTs at
12:48 and 13:18 from Connolly. From observations at Dún Laoghaire between 10:38
and 14:03, there were at least 42 Up and Down movements. Trains were packed as
early as the 10:15 from Howth, although the Dún Laoghaire specials left with
few passengers. After the event specials were scheduled to leave Bray from 17:00
Sunday was even more intensive with 5 specials from Greystones. Diesel railcars
were also in use. In an attempt to avoid the serious overcrowding and consequent
delay to the 13:45 Connolly-Rosslare which had been a feature of previous years,
an 8-piece railcar was due to run at 13:15 as well as the 13:35 DART service
which was to be only a 6-piece. After the show was over, there were 22 scheduled
departures from Bray northbound between 17:00 and 20:10, this including the Up
Rosslare at 19:53.
following Enteprise workings were recorded during period June-September 2016:
3 June 227 worked the 09:30
Dublin Connolly-Belfast Central (DT 9001), 227 worked the return 12:35 Belfast
Central-Dublin Connolly. 8208 worked the 11:20 Dublin Connolly-Belfast Central
(DT 9002), while 228 worked the 13:20 Dublin Connolly -Belfast Central (DT 9003)
24 July NIR CAF set 3001 worked
the 08:50 Belfast Central-Dublin Connolly Enterprise
relief special (in advance of the 09:00 Belfast Central-Dublin Connolly
service). 206 worked the 10:00 Dublin Connolly-Belfast Central, while 207 worked
the 09:00 Belfast Central Dublin Connolly. Later that day, 8208 operated the
11:00 Belfast Central-Dublin Connolly.
19 August The
14:05 Belfast Central-Dublin Connolly failed at Clongriffin (228, DT 9004).
Passengers were transferred to DART service and after a delay of 90 mins, the
failed train departed for Connolly hauled by 215.
20 August 206 worked the 10:35
Belfast Central-Dublin Connolly, 227 worked the 09:30 Dublin Connolly-Belfast
Central (DT 9001), 227 returned on the 18:05 Belfast Central-Dublin Connolly.
21 August 227 worked the 19:00
Dublin Connolly-Belfast Central.
27 August 8208
(DT 9004) failed at Malahide on the 11:20 Dublin Connolly-Belfast Central. After
passengers had detrained, locomotive 206 was dispatched to Malahide to haul the
failed train back to Connolly.
29 August 206 worked the 07:35
Dublin Connolly-Belfast Central (DT 9004).
02 September 216 (DT 9002)
arrived Connolly on time with the 06:45 from Belfast Central. An on time
departure for return to Belfast at 09:30 progressed only a few yards, and after
technical assistance for what were advised to passengers as “electrical
problems”, final departure was at 10:03. Belfast Central was reached at 12:17,
32 mins late. The 09:00 Bray-Malahide DART was overtaken at Clongriffin at
10:20, where it used the Down loop.
same set worked the 18:05 from Belfast Central, leaving about 20 secs early, but
arriving at Dublin Connolly almost 5 mins late.
the delayed morning Down journey, a southbound CAF set was met just north of
Newry, running ahead of the 10:35 Enterprise from Belfast.
08 September 227 worked the18:05
Belfast Central-Dublin Connolly.
075 departed from Dublin Connolly at 08:12 hauling RPSI EGV 3185 to Inchicore.
076 operated 19:05 Rosslare Europort-Dublin Connolly RPSI (ECS) Cravens in
conjunction with the “Steam Dreams” tour. 076 had operated empty to Wexford
earlier in the day and followed the tour from there to Rosslare Europort.
078 worked 13:40 Dublin Connolly-Sligo RPSI “Steam Dreams” Tour. It departed
17:00 Sligo-Longford with the (ECS) Cravens.
071 worked an RPSI diesel locomotive transfer, doing two trips, on the first of
which it hauled B141+175 from Inchicore to Connolly shed. 071 then returned to
Inchicore and hauled 134 to Connolly shed. 071 carried the RPSI 'Santa Steam
21 August 071 worked the RPSI
“Radio Train” from Sallins to Kilkenny, following the failure of steam loco
No. 4 just outside Sallins, with a hot big-end bearing. Upon arrival in
Kilkenny, 076 took the train over and worked the return 16:20 Kilkenny-Dublin
Connolly “Radio Train”.
the vehicles now carry EVN numbers, which bear no resemblance to the original IÉ
number. The vehicles are also named after Irish counties. They are (in order
from the EGV):
remains in North Wall, having been purchased by Belmond with the rest of the
fleet. The future for this vehicle is uncertain.
Delivery and Trial Operations
furnishing and fitting-out in Antrim, all 10 MkIII Belmond Grand Hibernian
coaches were road-hauled by low-loader from Antrim to Dublin North Wall, from
where they were worked to Inchicore. The following operations were recorded:
The first Belmond MkIII coach arrived at North Wall, EGV 7601 (“Carlow”).
Locomotive 088 assisted in the unloading process. 7601 was subsequently hauled
to Inchicore by 215, departing North Wall at 13:30.
“Wexford” arrived North Wall.
072 hauled “Leitrim” from North Wall to Inchicore.
085 hauled “Sligo” from North Wall to Inchicore.
079 “Waterford” from North Wall to Inchicore.
216 worked Belmond trial from Heuston to Mallow.
215 operated a 10-MkIII Belmond trial from Killarney to Waterford via
Cherryville Junction. It returned from Waterford to Inchicore later that
215 worked Belmond coaches 12:40 Inchicore to Connolly; upon arrival, 216 worked
the Belmond coaches from Connolly to Dundalk.
27 August 233, in its common
livery (see picture on p187, upper), worked 06:45 Roscommon-Dublin Heuston
Belmond MkIII trial.
first tour started on Tuesday 30 August, with the Society of International
Railway Travellers reserving the train. 226 worked the train from Tuesday to
Saturday morning, when dedicated loco 216 took over. Due to a door fault on one
of the vehicles, the Saturday itinerary was cut short at Dundalk.
second week saw 216 on the train throughout, except for 233 (Heuston-Connolly)
and 072 (Dundalk-Connolly).
movements for each week are:
– 14:20 Dublin Heuston-Cork, 20:30 Cork-Thurles, 22:50 Thurles-Charleville
– 07:15 Charleville-Cork, 12:55 Cork-Killarney, 18:40 Killarney-Charleville
– 08:25 Charleville-Galway (via Portarlington), 18:35 Galway-Athlone
– 06:15 Athlone-Westport, 18:45 Westport-Roscommon
– 06:45 Roscommon-Dublin Heuston, 12:40 Dublin Heuston-Belfast Central
(continuing non-passenger to York Road), 20:15 Belfast Central-Dundalk
– 08:20 Dundalk-Dublin Connolly, 10:05 Dublin Connolly-Waterford, 19:10
– 08:00 Muine Bheag-Dublin Heuston
interest is the shunting movement to get between the two Dublin stations. It
involves two locomotives - train loco and shunt loco. When the train arrives
into Dublin Heuston from Roscommon, the shunt loco hauls the train through the
Wash Road and then sets it back into Platform 2, while the released train loco
proceeds to Islandbridge Junction. The shunt loco uncouples and waits at
Heuston, the train loco returns from Islandbridge and hauls the train from
Heuston to the Gullet, followed by the shunt loco. The train loco now uncouples,
the shunt loco couples on and takes the train to Connolly, followed by the train
loco LE. The train loco then takes the train forward from Connolly. On Saturday
10 September, 233 was the shunt loco and 216 the train loco.
072 worked a 19:20 Inchicore-North Wall empty HOBS.
072 worked 19:30 North Wall-Gorey HOBS, 7 laden. The train ran to Islandbridge
Junction to run around and then proceeded to the DSE.
072 worked 7 empty HOBS, Gorey-North Wall. On arrival at Connolly, the train
proceeded to North Wall via the 'Wash Road’, before being propelled down East
In the evening, stone was discharged into the six-foot in Drogheda Station from
a laden HOBS, loco 083.
077 worked the second weedspray run on the Navan Branch. It did not operate to
Tara Mines, but ran around in Navan Station. The second run of the Spray Train
uses a different chemical to kill the invasive weed 'Mare's Tail', the regular
spray being ineffective.
086 worked the 10:20 M3 Parkway-Rosslare Harbour Weedspray train. Upon arrival
in Rosslare Harbour, it worked to Wexford for stabling, before returning to
Heuston Yard the following day.
080 worked the 09:15 Portlaoise-Galway Sperry train, starting off the nationwide
Ballast regulator 704 failed on the Up line at Kilbarrack. DART services
operated over the Down line with single line working (SLW) in force. 078 rescued
the failed regulator and hauled it to North Wall.
worked a Dublin Heusto-Navan materials train of secondhand concrete track
panels, passing Duleek at 10:39. The panels were offloaded at the PWD compound
near the N2 Road Bridge. The train subsequently proceeded to Navan to run round
and then stabled in Platin.
worked a 09:50 North Wall-Rosslare Europort Sperry Train, passing Newcastle at
12:10. It returned from Wexford the following day, passing Naylor's Cove on Bray
Head at 12:59.
079 worked light engine (LE) Portlaoise-North Wall; it then worked an 11:05
North Wall-Portlaoise empty 11 spoil-wagon train.
Having failed earlier in the week with loss of power, 071 worked LE to
Portlaoise on Tuesday 30 August. It then worked the 11:30 Portlaoise-Heuston
Yard CWR train to Inchicore (where it was replaced by 074) on Friday 2
September. The CWR train returned from Heuston Yard on Monday 5 September with
074, having deposited, over the weekend, zinc-coated rails intended for installation
in Rathdrum No. 1 Tunnel.
079 worked 11:30 Waterford to Ballina DFDS;12 CPWs full.
076 worked 10:20 North Wall-Ballina IWT; 18 bogies full. It had been deferred
from 09:30 to 10:20 to facilitate possession for Cabra engineering works. 085
worked 08:15 Ballina to NW IWT 18 bogies full, all containers.
liveried locomotive 8209 appeared on the following IWT workings in June and
8209 worked 10:20 North Wall-Ballina IWT; 18 bogies full, all tanks.
8209 worked 09:30 IWT; 18 full, all containers.
8209 departed North Wall at 20:45 with 27 bogies, fully laden with 12 tanks and
15 containers. To date, this was the longest freight consist worked by IÉ. It
is anticipated that future IWT workings of this length will become commonplace.
8209 worked 08:15 Ballina to North Wall IWT.
216, newly out-shopped in its temporary lime green undercoat livery, failed at
North Wall on the IWT liner. It was replaced by 223, the liner subsequently
departing North Wall at 12:30.
216 worked the 10:20 North Wall to Ballina IWT; 18 containers.
216 worked 08:15 Ballina to North Wall IWT; 18 full.
216 worked the 10:20 North Wall to Ballina IWT; 18 full, all containers.
216 worked 08:15 Ballina to North Wall IWT; 18 full.
216 worked 09:30 IWT; 18 full.
216 worked 08:15 Ballina to North Wall IWT; 18 full. This was the last working
of 216 in lime green livery before repainting into the Belmond Grand Hibernian
079 worked 09:30 IWT; 18 full. 231 worked 08:15 ex Ballina IWT; 18 containers.
076 worked 10:20 North Wall to Ballina IWT; 18 full.
076 worked 11:40 Ballina to North Wall IWT 18; 15 full.
080 worked 09:30 IWT; 18 full, 14 tanks and 4 containers.
216 in its new painted dark blue Belmond Grand Hibernian livery worked 09:30
North Wall to Ballina IWT liner; 18 full and all containers. It followed the
09:25 Heuston-Galway passenger.
216 worked a 10:05 Ballina to North Wall IWT; 18 bogies but only 8 laden.
223 worked 08:15 ex Ballina IWT; 18 bogies, 17 full, all containers.
Retro-liveried 071 worked 09:30 IWT; 18 full, 10 containers and 8 tanks. It
followed the 10:00 Heuston-Cork passenger.
071 worked 10:05 Ballina to North Wall IWT.
071 worked 09:30 IWT; 18 full, 9 containers and 9 tanks.
071 worked 08:15 Ballina to North Wall IWT; 18 full and all containers.
226, fresh from overhaul, worked an 08:15 ex Ballina IWT; 18 full. 078 worked an
11:40 ex Ballina IWT. This locomotive carries the EVN numbers on the sole bar
and the cab front, the first Intercity-liveried loco in the fleet to do so
078 worked 10:20 North Wall to Ballina IWT; 18 containers.
226 worked 09:30 North Wall to Ballina IWT; 18 full, 11 containers and 7 tanks
215 worked an 18 bogie laden timber train 11:30 Waterford to Limerick, a trial
working for longer freight trains.
216 in lime green livery worked LE from Inchicore to Kildare where it swapped
onto the 11:30 Waterford to Westport empty timber.
080 swapped at Kildare for 074, which then worked timber to Waterford.
075 worked 15:30 Waterford-Westport empty timber, it crossed a down passenger in
Unidentified 071 Class observed about 17:25 on southbound timber train between
Bagenalstown and Lavistown.
Retro-liveried 071 worked 11:30 Waterford to Ballina DFDS; 12 CPW full.
071 worked 11:30 Waterford-Ballina DFDS. 080 worked 11:05 ex Ballina timber. 080
swapped at Kildare for 074,which then worked timber to Waterford.
074 worked 11:30 Waterford-Ballina DFDS; 12 CPW, 9 laden with Dana tanks.
2 June 075
19:15 Tara Mines-Alexandra Road (12 wagons, East Wall at 16:25)
3 June 075
12:20 Tara Mines-Alexandra Road (12 wagons, Malahide at 14:07);
088 09:20 Tara Mines-Alexandra Road (12 wagons, Malahide at 11:05);
088 14:00 Alexandra Road-Tara Mines (12 wagons, Malahide at 14:06)
8 June 078
18:50 Tara Mines-Alexandra Road (12 wagons, Malahide at 19:51)
22 June 079
18:50 Tara Mines-Alexandra Road (12 wagons, Harmonstown at 19:04)
27 July 077
19:15 Alexandra Road-Tara Mines (12 wagons, East Wall at 17:29); 079 18:50 Tara
Mines-Alexandra Road (11 wagons, Clontarf Rd at 20:41)
8 August 077
19:15 Alexandra Road-Tara Mines (12 wagons, East Wall at 17:55)
10 August 073
18:50 Tara Mines-Alexandra Road (12 wagons, Raheny at 20:40)
19 August 073
19:15 Alexandra Road-Tara Mines (12 wagons, East Wall at 17:29)
22 August 080
19:15 Alexandra Road-Tara Mines (10 wagons, Raheny at 17:57)
31 August 080
19:15 Alexandra Road-Tara Mines (12 wagons, Raheny at 17:58)
7 September 071
19:15 Alexandra Road-Tara Mines (12 wagons, Raheny at 17:57)
8 September 073
19:15 Alexandra Road-Tara Mines (12 wagons, Raheny at 18:20)
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