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Journal 192  - Operations

SPECIAL WORKINGS AND DISRUPTIONS

Saturday 1 October 2016: The replay of the All Ireland Final between Dublin and Mayo resulted in an interesting day on the “Mayo Road“. The day started with the 06:20 Belmond Charter from Roscommon to Heuston. It had overnighted at Roscommon. The 09:08 Athlone to Westport crossed a number of trains with GAA supporters. At the very long loop in Ballyhaunis it crossed the 09:05 special from Ballina (3-car ICR Set 22048). In Claremorris there were two crossings, the regular 09:45 and the special at 10:05 from Westport. Both these trains were 4+3-car ICRs. The 09:08 was held from 10:16 until 10:43. For the record, the Ballina branch set was 2803/2804. In Westport the Railtours Ireland Charter was stabled on the stub of the Westport Quay line. It left at 19:25 for Connolly.

Sunday 6 November 2016: The FAI Cup Final Cork City v Dundalk at the Aviva Stadium was on this Sunday. Although it was the same teams as 2015, the rail arrangements were slightly different. The 08:05 and 09:10 from Cork (4-car and 3-car) ran through to Lansdowne Road. From Dundalk traffic was very heavy. The 11:50 and 12:05 specials ran through to Grand Canal Dock and both were 8-car 29000 railcars. The 11:50 operated to the No. 3 platform (southbound platform) and then went empty into the Down Loop en-route to Connolly. The 12:05 was probably the first scheduled train to arrive on Platform 2 (terminating platform).

Saturday 19 November 2016: Ireland v All Blacks at Aviva Stadium. The 07:35 Dublin Connolly – Belfast Central had reverted to 201 haulage but failed at Skerries. The replacement ICR 5-car set 22036 left Belfast at around 11:05, but the 10:35 was made up of Translink 3009/3005 C3k (2x3-car) and ran non-stop from Newry. The 11:05 special from Belfast was 3001/3002 C3K while the 12:05 special from Belfast was 3004/3003 C3K. In the Down direction, there were problems with the badly timetabled 11:20 from Connolly to Belfast. It only passed Clongriffin at 11:47 having been blocked by the 11:10 Pearse to Dundalk, which only reached the loop at Clongriffin at 11:43. This in turn had been blocked the previous Dart, 10:25 Bray to Howth.

Friday 23 December 2016: A freak gust of wind caused the raised barriers at Baldoyle LC to come into contact with the OHLE, causing power to be shut down. Howth Gardaν were kept busy directing road traffic over the single lane that was open. Early morning services on the Howth branch were cancelled, and later workings were disrupted due to damage repair.

Monday 16 January 2017: 075 stalled in ‘’The Dip’’ while working 09:35 North Wall – Ballina IWT due to wet rails. It propelled back into North Wall, and 073 was removed from the Dromod-bound HOBS train, which was stabled at the stonebank, and replaced 075 on the IWT liner. 076 (which was delayed behind the IWT) departed North Wall for Portlaoise with 12 panel trucks laden with scrap track panels at 11:10. 073 departed North Wall at 12:10 with the late 09:35 IWT (18 full, 13 tanks 5 containers). It was overtaken by the 12.45 Heuston - Westport at Portarlington. 075 departed North Wall for Dromod at 13:25.

FREIGHT

IWT Liner:  With the increased capacity of the DFDS liner requiring the spare rake of LX flat wagons, the additional Tuesday/Wednesday IWT Liner now uses the Container Pocket Wagons. They transferred from Waterford on Saturday 5 December with 084 providing traction. They were in service the next week, with 075 being noted hauling them through Newbridge as part of the 08:15 Ballina – North Wall.

Thursday 29 September 2016: 087 worked the 09:35 North Wall – Ballina liner.

Saturday 8 October 2016: 231 worked 08:15 Ballina – North Wall IWT (18 wagons, 11 laden).

Saturday 29 October 2016: 223 worked the 09:35 North Wall – Ballina liner, 18 wagons, full load.

Tuesday 1 November 2016: 223 worked 09:35 North Wall - Ballina IWT (18 full wagons [9 tanks 9 containers]).

Friday 4 November 2016: 074 worked 08:15 Ballina – North Wall IWT (18 full wagons).

Monday 14 November 2016: 223 worked the 09:35 North Wall – Ballina liner, 18 wagons, full load.

Thursday 24 November 2016: 086 worked 09:35 North Wall - Ballina IWT (18 wagons, 16 full).

Tuesday 6 November 2016: 075 worked a 15:00 North Wall - Ballina IWT (12 CPWs full).

Wednesday 7 December 2016: 075 worked 08:15 Ballina – North Wall IWT (12 CPWs full).

Tuesday 13 December 2016: 233 worked the 14:30 North Wall - Ballina (12 CPWs full 8 tanks 4 containers).

Monday 2 January 2017: 079 worked the first down IWT of 2017 with 12 CPWs full, passing Stacumny bridge 11.23. 

Wednesday 4 January 2017: 079 worked 08:15 Ballina – North Wall IWT (12 CPWs full, 2 IWT branded containers and the remainder loaded with tanks).

Friday 13 January 2017: 223 worked 09:35 North Wall – Ballina IWT (18 full, 16 containers, 2 tanks).

Friday 13 January 2017: 075 worked 8.15 ex Ballina IWT (18, 17 full).

 

DFDS Liner:

Thursday 6 October 2016: 084 worked the 11:05 Ballina – Waterford, 12 CPW’s, 9 containers. 084 was replaced by 075 at Kildare..

Thursday 13 October 2016: 075 worked the 11:05 Ballina – Waterford, 12 CPW’s, 1 container.

 

Timber:

Thursday 6 October 2016: 080 worked the 11:30 Waterford – Westport empty timber.

Thursday 13 October 2016: 085 worked the 11:30 Waterford – Westport empty timber.

 

Tara Mines:

Wednesday 9 November 2016: 074 derailed in North Wall whilst working the 14:00 Alexandra Dock Road – Tara Mines empty train. It was re-railed later that day.

Tuesday 22 November 2016: 080 worked the 09:20 Tara Mines – Alexandra Dock Road Tara Mines service.

Monday 5 December 2016: 079 with 12:20 Alexandra Dock Road – Tara Mines empty Tara passed Rush / Lusk at 13.55.

Wednesday 21st December 2016: 071 worked 09:20 Tara Mines – Alexandra Dock Road Tara Mines service (10 wagons). It arrived into North Wall at 11:55.

Thursday 22 December 2016: 077 worked the 23:15 Alexandra Road – Tara Mines (11 wagons).

Wednesday 28 December 2016: 077 worked the 08:30 Tara Mines – Alexandra Dock Road (12 wagons).

071 worked the 12:20 Tara Mines – Alexandra Dock Road (12 wagons).

Thursday 29 December 2016: 077 worked the 12:20 Tara Mines – Alexandra Dock Road (11 wagons).

PERMANENT WAY DEPARTMENT

Thursday 29 September 2016: 790 worked the 10:30 Portlaoise PW – North Wall in preparation for the Sandite seaon.

Friday 30 September 2016: The empty steel ran from Portlaoise to Waterford. Loco 073 + 10 bogie flats. It ran round in Kildare 11:21-11:39.

Tuesday 4 October 2016: 073 worked the 09:55 Portlaoise PW – Clonmel relay train. 7 wagons.

Monday 10 October 2016: 071 worked to Portlaoise PW to act as shunt loco.

076 worked the 21:50 Portlaoise PW – Inchicore – Sallins CWR Train.

Thursday 20 October 2016: 074 worked the 08:15 Portlaoise PW – North Wall empty steel train. It ran approximately 80 minutes late passing Portarlington.

781 ran to Thurles for Ballast Cleaning.

Sunday 23 October 2016: Ballast Cleaner 781 worked from Thurles to Kildare following work between Thurles and Limerick Junction the night before.

Tuesday 1 November 2016: 077 worked 11.05 North Wall - Portlaoise materials train (10 bogies of scrap materials).

Thursday 24 November 2016: Retro 071 worked 07:50 Limerick - Inchicore wagon (1 Tara Mines wagon, 1 laden wheelcarrier, 2 refurbished LX wagons and 1 panel truck).

Thursday 1 December 2016: 781 ran from Portlaoise PW to Kildare, departing at 10:35.

Monday 5 December 2016: 083 worked the 10:30 Portlaoise PW – Platin loaded CWR train.

Ballast Regulator 703 ran south, passing Portlaoise at approximately 11:00.

Friday 9 December 2016: 083 worked the 10:45 Portlaoise PW – Waterford empty steel.

Monday 19 December 2016: 087+2 Spoil+10 wagons, 9 laden with materials worked a 12.00 North Wall to Portlaoise PWD, the redundant materials coming from the Howth branch.

Wednesday 11 January 2017: Track Recording Vehicle 700 (EM50) conducted surveys over the Cork-Cobh/Midleton routes.

Friday 13 January 2017: 076 worked 11.30 Portlaoise to North Wall 12 empty panel trucks to collect old scrap panels.

Wednesday 18 January 2017: Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV) 790 failed at the 49 Milepost (Portlaoise) whilst heading from Kildare to Portlaoise. 076 was used from Portlaoise PW to rescue and dragged it into the yard.

Saturday 21 January 2017: 075 returned from Dromod, observed passing Ashtown at 12:10.

Monday 23 January 2017: 083 worked a 10:30 Portlaoise - North Wall laden panel train, 10 wagons of new panels.

The remainder of this article appears in IRRS Journal number 192, published February 2017

 
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