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Journal 194  - Operations

SPECIAL WORKINGS AND DISTRUPTIONS

Wednesday 14 June 2017: Services around Bray were suspended for around 15-20 minutes due to an injured swan on the line. The swan was removed and taken for treatment, and the line re-opened.

Thursday 15 June 2017: 234 failed 10 miles north of Cork whilst working the 12:20 Cork – Dublin Heuston. It was rescued by Cork standby 226, which pushed the train to Mallow, then ran around and hauled the set back to Inchicore. Passengers were accommodated on the 13:20 Cork – Dublin Heuston (22036).

Friday 16 June 2017: Glendonnell level crossing (between Waterford and Ballyhale) was hit by a vehicle, with the 07:10 Waterford – Dublin Heuston being delayed by approximately 20 minutes

Wednesday 21 June 2017: The 14:20 Cork – Dublin Heuston (4006) failed at Charleville, with passengers being accommodated on the following 15:20 Cork – Dublin Heuston (22040). The 15:20 used the Loop platform at Charleville.

Services were disrupted in the evening peak after a truck hit the bridge at Erne Street (just south of Dublin Pearse). In addition, due to the warm weather, there was anti-social behaviour noted at Booterstown. Both combined gave a 30 minute delay to services.

Thursday 22 June 2017: Sligo and Maynooth services were severely affected in the evening peak, when a tractor and trailer hit the barriers at Barberstown L.C. at 17:04. Services started to be resumed at 18:00, with additional protection in place for trains crossing.

Sunday 25 June 2017: The 16:20 Cork – Dublin Heuston (22036) failed between Mallow and Charlveille, causing extensive delays to all services. Passengers were transferred onto the following 17:20 Cork – Dublin Heuston via emergency methods. Single Line Working was in place during the disruption and for the rest of the evening.

Tuesday 27 June 2017: The 06:30 Dundalk – Bray service failed at Tara Street at 08:19, with subsequent delays south through Tara Street. Passengers were re-accommodated on other services. All services used the northbound platform to pass. The 06:15 Longford – Pearse, 08:07 Malahide – Dϊn Laoghaire and 07:00 Newbridge – Grand Canal Dock were terminated at Dublin Connolly, and the 09:10 Pearse – Maynooth starting from Dublin Connolly. The failed train was rectified and moved at 08:49.

4003 failed whilst working the 09:20 Cork – Dublin Heuston, with passengers being de-trained at Newbridge. The set was hauled back to Inchicore with a rescue loco from Inchicore.

Wednesday 19 July 2017: 22057+22046 encountered difficulties between Athy and Cherryville Junction whilst working the 07:10 Waterford – Dublin Heuston. The issue was resolved and the service carried on with a delay of 125 minutes, and the following 07:50 Waterford – Dublin Heuston being delayed 70 minutes.

Friday 21 July 2017: The 05:55 Gorey – Dublin Connolly (22020) struck a tree south of Arklow, the result of strong winds overnight. The damage was not severe and the train continued to Dublin, arriving 62 minutes late.

Thursday 27 July 2017: The 07:30 Dublin Heuston – Portlaoise was extended to Ballybrophy due to issues with the Nenagh branch set. The ICR departed Ballybrophy at 09:03 for Dublin Heuston (normally 09:10 from Portlaoise) with connected passengers.

Saturday 2 September 2017: An injured cow caused road transfers between Limerick and Ennis for around 4 hours. This caused some interest in other journals, with the United States Trains Magazine reporting on the fact!

BLOOM IN THE PARK

The annual “Bloom In The Park” gardening show in the Phoenix Park in Dublin brought a number of specials into Dublin Heuston between Thursday 1 June and Sunday 4 June 2017.

Thursday 1 June 2017: Three specials ran on this day: 09:05 Clara – Dublin Heuston (22031), 17:10 Dublin Heuston – Portarlington (22050) and 18:50 Dublin Heuston – Cork (22040). The 08:00 Cork – Mallow was extended to Dublin Heuston (22038).

To accommodate these specials, a few changes to the normal timetable were required. The regular 17:10 Dublin Heuston – Athlone was deferred to 17:15 and was extended to Westport. The 10:22 Portlaoise – Dublin Heuston was required to operate via the Down Platform at Portarlington.

Friday 2 June 2017: Two specials ran on this day: 09:05 Clara – Dublin Heuston (22039) and 18:50 Dublin Heuston – Cork (22007+22056). The 08:00 Cork – Mallow was extended to Dublin Heuston (22040). The 10:22 Portlaoise – Dublin Heuston was required to operate via the Down Platform at Portarlington.

Sunday 4 June 2017: Two specials ran on this day: 08:05 Cork – Dublin Heuston (22031) and 18:10 Dublin Heuston – Claremorris (22016). 

BRAY AIR SHOW

The annual Bray Air Show took place on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 July 2017, with around 150,000 people attending over both days. Additional services were booked to run as needed between Dublin Connolly and Bray, with a shuttle service to Greystones in the evening to maximise capacity. However, a number of specials were cancelled because of driver issues.

The services cancelled were 10:47, 12:21 and 13:18 Dublin Connolly – Bray, the 10:50 Malahide – Bray, the 11:15 Howth – Bray and the 13:28 Dun Laoghaire – Bray. Only the 10:20, 12:05 and the 12:49 Dublin Connolly - Bray operated. This did however give the rare sight of an 8-pce 29000 operating an all-stations service on the DART network, with the 12:05 being thus formed. The others were 8-pce DART sets as originally booked.

GAA SPECIALS

Leinster Hurling Final: On Sunday 2 July, the Leinster Hurling Final between Wexford and Galway produced several special workings from the south-east.

There were 2 specials, 10:25 Wexford – Dublin Connolly and 11:10 Enniscorthy – Dublin Connolly, in addition to the regular 09:40 Rosslare Europort – Dublin Connolly. Due to the platform lengths and associated restrictions on train length, these services were all 4-pce railcars (a mix of 29000 and 22000 sets). It represented a small percentage of the attendance of 60,032. The 10:25 special was a 4 ICR, with one vehicle reserved for the Wexford Team and Officials. The 11:10 from Enniscorthy was a 4-pce 29000, using the spare set in Rosslare.

Return trains on the DSE were the regular 18:30 Dublin Connolly – Rosslare Europort, 18:45 Dublin Connolly – Enniscorthy and 19:25 Dublin Connolly – Wexford. The 19:25 had the team and officials onboard, and temporary catering facilities were set up in the ICR set 22045. There was also a 13:46 Greystones – Dublin Connolly to cater for large numbers who drive to outer suburban stations on match days.

From Galway, there was a 10:10 special to Dublin Heuston using a spare Athlone set. A return special was operated at 19:20. Both services were 4 ICR, reflecting the higher normal frequency on the Galway line compared to the Rosslare line.

Leinster Football Final: Dublin and Kildare were this year’s Leinster Football finalists, so the long-distance demand was considerably less than the Hurling final. On 16 July, there were the usual specials from Maynooth and Longford. The 13:05 Maynooth – Dublin Connolly special left Clonsilla with about 700 on board at 13:24. The next movement was the 11:00 Sligo – Dublin Connolly, which made an additional stop at Drumcondra. A large gap was thus created, and when the regular 13:40 Maynooth – Dublin Pearse arrived at Clonsilla at 14:02, it required 3 minutes to load and left with nearly 1,000 passengers including 150 who succeeded in boarding here. Further specials ran at 14:00 and 14:20 to meet demand.

On the Heuston side, there was a 12:36 Kildare – Dublin Heuston (6 ICR, 22054+22051), with the 11:15 and 13:15 regular Kildare – Dublin Heuston trains operated as 7 ICR (22043+22050).

All-Ireland Football Qualifiers: The All-Ireland Football Qualifiers on Saturday 29 July 2017 between Monaghan v Down and Armagh v Kildare brought a number of specials on the Belfast line. In addition to the regular 10:20 Belfast Central – Dublin Connolly relief (3004), three specials at 11:05 Belfast Central – Dublin Connolly (3006/3005) and 12:05 Belfast Central – Dublin Connolly (3001/3003) from Belfast. The 12:05 from Belfast took 28 minutes from Malahide to Connolly while preference was given to the 14:02 DART service from Malahide. There was also a special from Dundalk at 13:30 serving Drogheda only to help with the heavily loaded 12:35 Belfast Central – Dublin Connolly. Armagh and Monaghan won these matches and the following Saturday, 5 August, they were to meet Tyrone and Dublin respectively in the All Ireland Football Quarter Finals.

Also on this day Liverpool were playing Athletico Bilbao at the Aviva stadium. The two sets of passengers were combined on several specials, with an additional 11:40 Dundalk – Dublin Pearse.

 The return specials were scheduled to leave Connolly for Belfast Central at 18:00, 20:05, 20:15, and 21:20, with a 20:30 Dublin Connolly – Dundalk also operating.

The 20:05 and 20:15 ran about 15 minutes earlier. However the regular 20:50 had a huge crowd and fighting broke out between Armagh and Tyrone GAA supporters. The train suffered severe delays back to Belfast, arriving at least 90 minutes late with a police escort from Drogheda.

On Bank Holiday Monday, 7 August, there were only 40,000 for the replay in between Mayo and Roscommon. There was a 08:00 Westport – Dublin Heuston and a 08:45 Claremorris – Dublin Heuston. As Roscommon is such a large county and stretches across to Boyle, Carrick-on-Shannon and Longford, there were specials from Sligo at 08:30 and from Boyle at 09:50.

Return workings were 17:50 Dublin Heuston – Westport, 18:50 Dublin Heuston – Claremorris and addition Dublin – Maynooth workings to connect to Sligo.

All-Ireland Hurling Semi-Finals: The August Bank Holiday weekend saw another large attendance of 68,184 for the Hurling Semi-Final between Galway and Tipperary on Sunday 6 August. Specials left Galway for Dublin Heuston at 08:50, 09:40 and 10:00. In terms of specials, Tipperary had to make do with a 10:00 Limerick Junction – Dublin Heuston, although large numbers used scheduled Cork – Dublin services.

For the Hurling Semi-Final between Cork and Waterford on 13 August (attendance 72,022), there were two specials from Cork, departing at 07:45 (5 ICR) and 09:10 (7 ICR). On the Waterford line there was a reluctance to run any specials but in the end a 6 ICR left at 10:20. Return services operated at 18:50 (Cork), 19:15 (Waterford), 19:20 (Cork) and 19:55 (Cork).

Attendance figures are quoted to show how little the railway carries compared to the vast road traffic, which turned part of the Cork road into a car park. All specials were sold out within hours of being announced, as well as many normal services being fully booked days in advance.

FREIGHT

IWT Liner: 

The IWT Liner continues to be a strong performer, with most trains fully loaded with either containers or tanks. Monday services have been noted to be a little bit quieter than other days, with trains only half loaded.

Tuesday 22 May 2017: 082 worked the 15:20 North Wall – Ballina IWT. This was its first service run post overhaul.

Wednesday 24 May 2017: 082 +18 wagons (8 laden) worked the 08:15 Ballina – North Wall IWT.

Thursday 25 May 2017: 082 + 18 laden wagons worked the 09:35 North Wall – Ballina IWT.

087 worked the 08:15 Ballina – North Wall IWT, it was overtaken by 10.20 Cork – Dublin Heuston at Kishogue.

Friday 26 May 2017: 082 + 18 laden wagons worked the 08:15 Ballina – North Wall IWT.

Monday 29 May 2017: 082 + 18 wagons worked 10:05 Ballina – North Wall IWT.

Monday 29 May 2017: 088 + 18 wagons worked 09:35 North Wall – Ballina IWT.

Tuesday 5 June 2017: 071 + 18 laden wagons worked the 15:20 North Wall – Ballina IWT.

Friday 9 June 2017: 081 + 18 laden wagons worked the 09:35 North Wall - Ballina IWT.

Friday 9 June 2017: 082 + 18 laden wagons worked the 08:15 Ballina - North Wall IWT.

Friday 16 June 2017: 082 + 18 laden wagons worked the 08:15 Ballina - North Wall IWT.

Saturday 17 June 2017: 232 + 18 wagons (15 laden) worked 08:15 Ballina - North Wall IWT.

Sunday 18 June 2017: 232 + 24 wagons worked the 08:25 North Wall – Ballina IWT Liner trial.

Monday 19 June 2017: 082 + 12 wagons worked 09:35 North Wall – Ballina IWT. This was a shorter liner due to the use of 6 wagons on the trial run. It was back to full size on Tuesday.

Monday 19 June 2017: 223 + 18 wagons worked 10:05 Ballina – North Wall IWT.

Tuesday 20 June 2017: 082 + 18 laden wagons worked the 11:40 Ballina – North Wall IWT.

Tuesday 27 June 2017: 082 + 18 laden wagons (9 containers and 9 tanks) worked the 15:20 North Wall – Ballina IWT.

Thursday 29 June 2017: 071 was on 08:15 Ballina to North Wall IWT.

Saturday 1 July 2017: 076 + 18 laden wagons worked the 08:15 Ballina - North Wall IWT.

Monday 10 July 2017: 079 + 18 laden LP worked the 09:35 North Wall - Ballina.

Thursday 13 July 2017: 074 + 18 laden LP worked the 09:35 North Wall – Ballina, being looped in the Up Platform at Kildare to allow the 10:00 Dublin Heuston – Cork to pass.

Tuesday 25 July 2017: 074 + 18 laden wagons passed Cabra at 18:05 with the 11:40 Ballina – North Wall IWT.

Thursday 3 August 2017: 074 + 18 laden wagons worked the 09:35 North Wall - Ballina IWT.

Saturday 5 August 2017: 077 + 18 wagons worked the 08:15 Ballina – North Wall IWT.

215 + 18 laden wagons worked the 09:35 North Wall - Ballina IWT.

Bank Holiday Monday 7 August 2017: 074 + 18 wagons (17 laden) worked the 09:35 North Wall - Ballina IWT.

215 + 18 wagons (9 loaded) worked 10:05 Ballina – North Wall IWT.

Tuesday 8 August 2017: 215 + 18 laden wagons worked the 09:35 North Wall - Ballina IWT.

Wednesday 9 August 2017: 215 + 18 wagons (9 loaded) worked the 11:40 Ballina – North Wall IWT.

Thursday 17 August 2017: 074 + 18 laden wagons worked 08:15 Ballina - North Wall IWT, passing Drumcondra at 13:25.

DFDS Liner:

Monday 29 May 2017: 078 + 12 CPW worked 11:30 Waterford – Ballina DFDS.

Wednesday 14 June 2017: 079 + 12 CPWs worked 11.30 Waterford to Ballina DFDS.

Monday 19 June 2017: 072 + 12 CPW worked 11:30 Waterford – Ballina DFDS.

Monday 3 July 2017: 079 + 12 CPW worked the 11:30 Waterford – Ballina, observed running around in Kildare at 14:45.

Monday 10 July 2017: 085 + 12 CPW worked the 11:30 Waterford – Ballina.

Bank Holiday Monday 7 August 2017: 088 + 12 laden CPW worked the 11:30 Waterford to Ballina DFDS.

Timber:

Monday 29 May 2017: 072 + 12 laden timber worked 11:05 Ballina – Waterford.

Tuesday 13 June 2017: 232 + 2 empty timber wagons worked a 10:25 Inchicore – Waterford in preparation for the trial the following day.

Wednesday 14 June 2017: 232 worked a trial run with 14 laden timber wagons, operating as the 09:45 Waterford to Carlow and 12:20 return.

Monday 19 June 2017: 081 + 12 laden timber worked 11:05 Ballina – Waterford.

Monday 7 August 2017: 076 + 12 laden timber worked the 11:05 Ballina – Waterford.

Tara Mines:

Friday 19 May 2017: 087 + 12 wagons worked the 19:15 Alexandra Dock Road – Tara Mines, observed on East Wall Bank at 17:15.

Wednesday 7 June 2017: 087 + 12 wagons worked the 19:15 Alexandra Dock Road – Tara Mines, observed on East Wall Bank at 17:13.

Tuesday 13 June 2017: 085 + 8 wagons worked the 19:15 Alexandra Dock Road – Tara Mines, observed passing Raheny at 18:00.

Friday 16 June 2017: 087 + 9 wagons worked the 19:15 Alexandra Dock Road – Tara Mines, observed on East Wall Bank at 17:10.

Tuesday 20 June 2017: 085 +10 wagons worked the 09:20 Tara Mines – Alexandra Dock Road and 14:00 return.

Tuesday 27 June 2017: 087 + 10 wagons worked the 19:15 Alexandra Dock Road – Tara Mines, observed on East Wall Bank at 17:45.

Monday 17 July 2017: 075 worked the 18:50 Alexandra Dock Road – Tara Mines.

Tuesday 25 July 2017: 075 +12 wagons worked the 09:20 Tara Mines – Alexandra Dock Road and 14:00 return.

087 + 12 wagons worked the 12:20 Tara Mines – Alexandra Dock Road.

Wednesday 2 August 2017: 087 + 12 wagons worked the 14:00 Alexandra Dock Road – Navan, passing Malahide at 14:36.

Wednesday 9 August 2017: 075 + 12 wagons worked the 12:20 Tara Mines – Alexandra Dock Road, passing Killester at 17:43.

The remainder of this article appears in IRRS Journal number 194, published October 2017

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