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Journal 193  - Rolling Stock


071-class: 076 worked the empty RPSI Cravens from Inchicore to Dublin Connolly on Saturday 18 March 2017.

084 failed in Limerick on Wednesday 29 March 2017, and was brought up by 087 to Inchicore on Thursday 30 March 2017, as part of the weekly wagon transfer (one timber wagon). 087 returned later that day to become Works pilot.

082 was released from the paint shop in mid-April in the current “battleship grey” livery. It retains the “The Institution of Engineers of Ireland” nameplates, despite the organisation changing its name to “Engineers Ireland” a number of years ago.

201-class: Spare Enterprise locomotives 231 and 233 have been fitted with the necessary Driver Machine Interface units and plug sockets for use on the Enterprise.

Observed on Cork line workings between March and May were: 206, 207, 8209, 216, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 229 and 232.

221 failed at Sallins on Wednesday 8 February 2017 whilst working a MkIV (4008) trial run. 077 hauled the formation back to Inchicore.

Inchicore: By the end of May, 8208 and 215 were receiving 6-year overhauls in Diesel 2. Noted in the Ramps were 225 (body overhaul) and 083. 225 is a long-time stored member of the class (being stored after a fatal accident in Roscommon whilst working an IWT liner in August 2009). In the paint shop were 221 (after body overhaul) and 073, painted in 1987 Irish Rail “white stripe” livery, but had yet to be finished. 079 received new bogies in Diesel 1.



MkIV News: Standard Open 4101 has been freshly repainted, along with Standard Open (End) 4105.

MkIV Failures: There were numerous failures of MkIV sets during this time, with some issues being minor.

On Friday 10 February 2017, 087 was observed hauling MkIV set 4002 to Inchicore, with loco 215 on the rear. This set was on trial to Ballybrophy and later worked the Dublin Heuston-Cork.

Set 4005 failed in Mallow on Monday 10 April 2017 whilst working the 10:20 Cork – Dublin Heuston. It was brought to Cork for attention, and then was hauled by 224 to Inchicore the following day. Released back into traffic on Tuesday 11 April on the 19:00 Dublin Heuston – Cork, it failed on Wednesday 12 April 2017, and was hauled back to Inchicore by 232.

Set 4003 failed in Cork on Thursday 4 May 2017 with parking brake faults. It was hauled the following day by 234 to Limerick Junction, where 074 was added to the front and hauled the entire consist to Inchicore.

Set 4005 was in trouble once again, hauled back to Inchicore on Thursday 18 May 2017 by 220, with 229 dead in tow at the rear. The MkIV set had failed that morning with issues, whilst 229 was declared a failure the previous evening whilst working the 19.00 Dublin Heuston – Cork service.



Class 2600: 2616+2605 were observed in Dublin Heuston station on Wednesday 10 May 2017.

Class 2700: Units continue to be started up and moved around Inchicore Works, with 2724 being noted as moving around. Plans for the re-introduction of the 2700’s to passenger service are still being proposed. 2715 is being assessed in Inchicore as to the work required to return them to traffic.

Class 2800: 2801+2802 worked the 14:00 Limerick – Inchicore empty movement on Monday 8 May 2017 for wheel turning.

Class 22000 ICR: The new front as described in Journal 188 continue to be fitted. Since Journal 192, the following vehicles have been fitted: 22137, 22138, 22140, 22203, 22204, 22206, 22207, 22214, 22221, 22223, 22224, 22229, 22241, 22243, 22246, 22251, 22255, 22257, 22261, 22262, 22306, 22311, 22314, 22320, 22321, 22322, 22324, 22329, 22334, 22336, 22338, 22340, 22341, 22343, 22344, 22347, 22349, 22355, 22360. This leaves 25 vehicles yet to be fitted.

The bottom bars, as referred to in Journal 192, are being removed as they become damaged and will remain removed.

Unusual Workings: A 9-car transfer between Dublin Heuston and Dublin Connolly was conducted on Sunday 19 March 2017, with a normal 6-car transfer having the IEHS (IÉ Hybrid  {train protection} System) test set 22001 sandwiched between 22002 and 22062. 22001 and 22002 have been split and reformed several times to accommodate testing of the new system.

22050+22060 marked the first 6-car and first multiple set working of a Grand Canal Dock link, working the 17:28 Grand Canal Dock – Newbridge service on Thursday 4 May 2017. The normal maximum is a 4-car set.

22025+22011 worked a 10:20 Heuston – Grand Canal Dock trial run on Saturday 20 May 2017, this being the first 8-car ICR into Grand Canal Dock. This is part of a trial run to remove the need for one of the two empty workings in the evening peak from Heuston, with the sets forming the 16:20 to Hazelhatch and 16:40 to Newbridge.

Refurbishment: A tender was released for the provision of leather seat covers (for the Antolin Alcea seat) for the interior refresh of the ICR fleet. The results of the cleaning process in 22038 were deemed not to be a success, with white marks being observed on the seat covers after a few weeks of use. Material for 15,500 seat backs and seat bases is requested, with the material being provided to a trimming company.

In addition, vehicle 22334 has a trial fitting of new wheelchair/bicycle storage decals. Normally fitted to the inside of the glass, this vehicle has them attached to the exterior, allowing considerably better visibility.

Class 29000: 29016 was released into traffic in March. It has gained unlockable covers at the end of the door pockets, presumably to allow easier access to the mechanisms.

29024 transferred to Inchicore on Wednesday 10 May 2017.

Class 8100: Further to Journal 192, the trial fitting of rainstrips to the 81xx fleet was successful, and a fleet-wide programme is now in action. As of 3 May, 8101, 8104, 8106, 8107, 8108, 8113, 8114, 8115, 8116, 8117, 8118, 8120, 8121, 8122, 8123, 8124, 8125, 8127, 8130, 8132, 8134, 8135, 8138, 8139, 8140 have been fitted.

Class 8600: The IEHS test bed unit, 8625+8626, has been reformed into a permanent 8-car set with 8621+8622. The current formation is now 8622 + 8522 + 8525 + 8625 + 8626 + 8526 + 8521 + 8621 (from south to north). It was first observed on 22 April 2017 in Fairview depot and worked the 09:05 Dún Laoghaire – Dublin Connolly on 2 May 2017,

The remainder of this article appears in IRRS Journal number 193, published June 2017


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