Irish Railway Record Society
JOURNAL 192 OTHER RAILWAY NEWS
PRESERVATION SOCIETY OF IRELAND
In a press release dated 5 October 2016, Robin
Morton, RPSI Events, advised that a ceremony had taken place at the Railway
Preservation Society of Ireland in Whitehead to mark the successful completion
of the construction phase of a new £3.1m railway museum.
is a pivotal point in terms of the development. We will now commence fitting
out the museum with multimedia displays, educational facilities and audio
links, plus a café, all of which will be key to creating this significant new
exciting element of the museum will be the opportunity for visitors to walk
through historic carriages, examine mainline steam engines at close quarters
and see the engineering works in action.
aim to attract at least 15,000 visitors in the museum’s first full year of
operation. We will complement other tourist attractions in the area, such as
the Gobbins Cliff Path and Black Head lighthouse."
for the project has been provided by Heritage Lottery Fund and Tourism
Northern Ireland (part financed by the European Regional Development Fund
under the European Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland
and administered by Tourism Northern Ireland), with additional support from
Mid and East Antrim Council and Ulster Garden Villages.
project features the development of a visitors’ audio guide for tours of the
centre and enhanced education and interpretation opportunities created by the
displays in our buildings and workshops, as well as the development of
On-Train Apps to provide information for passengers.
capital works will include:
there is a separate budget allocation for interpretation, with HLF funding
three years of activity costs including some restoration works and salaries.
Bodied Heritage Stock:
The RPSI Heritage stock made
a move from Inchicore works to Heuston Valet Plant (VP) on Saturday 3 December
2016. Completed in two moves of 4 carriages each (1463, 1419, 2421 and 1383
and 1335, 88, 1949 and 1916), the movement allows the stock to be under cover
for the first time in many years and as such should provide a good start for
restoration. Both movements were powered by 071-class locomotive 072. The
first movement went straight into the VP, but the second was via Heuston
Platform 5, then propelled into the VP.
The last main running of the
year, and the busiest period, for the RPSI was the Santa Specials. No. 85 and
the Northern rake of MkIIs did runs between Whitehead and Belfast Central on
3, 4, 10, 17 and 18 December, with Portadown – Lisburn runs on 11 December.
The trips were 11:30 and 14:30 departures from Belfast on Saturdays, with
10:00, 13:00 and 16:00 from Belfast on Sundays. The Portadown services
departed at 12:45 and 14:45. These appeared to run well, with the customary
Dublin Operations trips, however, encounted an unusually high rate of issues.
The first Saturday (3 December) ran well, with both Nos. 4 and 461 performing
(and Irish Rail GM 075 working the diesel section). However, on the Sunday (4
December), No. 461 failed with low steam pressure at various points of the
return leg of the second trip, with the train terminating at Grand Canal Dock.
Passengers were transferred to an IE 29000 railcar for the remainder of the
Saturday 10 December, No. 4 performed the first run as expected, then was
failed at Connolly shed with a partially collapsed brick arch. No. 461 was
also failed with leaking tubes. This resulted in IE GM 080 covering the rest
of the weekend
third and final weekend went well, however, with Nos. 4 and 461 performing as
expected (although 461 failed on Sunday due to leaking tubes). 072 performed
the Diesel special and transfer movements>
The former NIR “Gatwick” MkIIs that are stored at Lisburn (8911, 8945,
8946, 8947 and 8948) were booked to move on the evening of Thursday 8
December, but the move was cancelled at short notice due to crewing issues.
They lare moved on Sunday 8 January 2017, with GM 112 used for the main
transfer and 233 used for shunting.
last full tour started on Tuesday 11 October 2016, with the final tour
starting on 22 October being the shorter ‘Legends and Loughs” tour
Belmond operated a 11:50 Heuston – Thurles and return trip for Irish
Rail staff and CIÉ board members, as a thank you for the year so far. The
full 10-car rake was used for the
the end of the operating season, the Belmond Mark MkIIIs were stabled at the
Cork end of the Inchicore yard.
Transfer and Storage: On
6 October 2016, retro-liveried 071 hauled orange MkIII 7122 from North Wall to
Inchicore. This MkIII had been stored in North Wall for over a year pending a
decision as to how to use it.
Bórd na Móna advertised for a locomotive multiple working system earlier
this year. The tender calls for around 50 locomotives to be fitted, all being
the refurbished locomotives from 2014/5. The request for tenders is quite
strict in what it requires, including: remote wireless top and tail, using a
stationary loco as a master to an unmanned loco, remote control and automatic
safeguards should the signal be lost at any time. The system has to be able to
cope with two or more locomotives, each hauling between 12 and 20 wagons, and
also account for the loose-coupled nature of the BnM system.
Engineering won a tender to produce 30 new peat wagons.
Power Station: Bórd
na Móna have been granted permission from An Bord Pleanála to carry on using
peat to fuel the Edenderry Power Station until 2023. This is 7 years short of
what Bórd na Móna requested, but ensures the continuation of the bog
railways until then.
October 2016 was the formal culmination of around two years hard graft by the
volunteers under the umbrella of the Irish Steam Preservation Society. Funding
for the project was secured from the Society’s own resources as well as
large sponsorship from Laois Partnership Company. LPC strive to help develop
the county in areas such as improving community life, and supporting local
businesses and enterprise. Representatives from the Cavan and Leitrim Railway
and Waterford and Suir Valley Railway were also in attendance.
two thirds of the total project cost, was sponsored by Laois Partnership. The
plans for a two-road depot adjacent to the existing platform were approved by
the County Council and work began in earnest at close of the 2014 season.
ribbon cutting ceremony was performed in front of the-invited guests with
Laois Partnership CEO Ann Goodwin holding the scissors. She was joined by Cllr
Tom Mulhall of Laois County Council and the Irish Steam Preservation Society
Chairman Ken Graham. After the obligatory speeches, the ceremony moved in to
the shed itself. The railway’s entire diesel locomotive fleet were on
display on road 1 while ex Bord na Móna steam loco No. 2 simmered patiently
at the platform outside.
another set of speeches from Railway Manager Seán Cain and long serving
volunteer Richard Brennan, a cake was wheeled to the fore of the crowd where
Chairperson Graham, Ms. Goodwin and Mr. Cain posed for photos before the
the end of the ceremony, No. 2 gave round trips on the length of the line for
the guests for a few hours. Eventually the crowd dwindled away and the dozen
or so volunteers present since early morning set about shutting up shop for
the evening. Some shunting of the diesel fleet returned them to their normal
spot on road 2 while the steam engine and her train bedded up once again on
road 1 [Glen Murphy].
LM191 and Ruston 40DL LM55 arrived here in mid-October 2016. Both are in a
heavily stripped state and were acquired as a source of spare parts for the
AND SUIR VALLEY RAILWAY
railway closed for the winter following the last Santa Special working on 23
December. All of the specials run (on 3, 4, 8, 10, 11, 17, 18, 22 and 23
December, with six trains per day) were fully booked.
greenway that runs alongside the railway is on track for a March opening, with
the official opening due to be on the anniversary of date of the last train
between Waterford and Cork.
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