Irish Railway Record Society

Journal Index Library Archive Membership History Dublin Events Munster Events London Events IRRS Publications                                                   
William Fairbairn in Ireland: Part 2 from circa 1850 Richard Byrom 322
Review 328
Limerick Signalling 1910-2017  Oliver Doyle 329
Rails to the House of Lords Tim Moriarty 340
The Sad Story of Thomas Moore Norman Gamble 344
1917 on the Irish Railways - Peter Rigney 346
Dún Laoghaire Harbour Barry Carse 350
Observations and Comments 361
Dargan Garden Portlaoise 365
Countdown to Luas Cross City 366
Irish Railway News 369

2018 Dublin Meeting Details
Date Subject Presenter
25th August IRRS Open Day, 11:00 – 17:00 In conjunction with National Heritage Week.
21st September IRRS Open Evening, 17:00 – 21:00,  In conjunction with Culture Night.
27th September Slideshow: “From Derry to Kerry, 1955 to 1958 –  Ciarán Cooney
11th October Member’s Slide Show 
25th October From Broombridge to St. Stephen’s Green –  Nigel O’ Neill, 
Catherine Sturgeon, 
08th November Graham Hoare’s Irish Railway Photos, 1956 – 1964,  Roger Joanes
22nd November South East 1991 – a digital slideshow. Ken Fox
26th November Annual Dinner at Wynn’s Hotel, Abbey St., Dublin at 18:30 
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13th December “Photographic Endeavours 2 – Tim Moriarty
18th December (Tuesday) Christmas Library Night. (
08th September 2018
 Outing to Lullymore Heritage Railway & Straffan Steam Museum.
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LOCOMOTIVES 071-class: 073 was out-shopped in the 1987 “Tippex” livery on Friday 7 July 2017, where a photo-call was done with Supertrain-liveried 071 and battleship grey 077. The loco conducted a trial run to Sallins on 17 August 2017.  The 071 body overhaul programme has left four locos in the 2007 black/silver freight livery: 072, 074, 075 and 086. All are in varying conditions, with 072 having a large patch on the front, 074 with no bodyside logo, 075 with parts from 141s fitted, and 086 having had some paint touch-up on the front. 
201-class:219 was released for traffic on Thursday 1 June 2017, having had a body overhaul. It was repainted in a variation of the Intercity fern green livery, having battleship grey bogies and running gear. It also has the Head End Power equipment removed from the buffer beams. 215 and 218 have also been treated and released in July 2017, which leaves 229 as the last to undergo body overhaul.
Sanders are being fitted before the Leaf Fall season. The work is being conducted in two phases – the first being physical modifications to the locos and the second fitting and commissioning of the equipment. Out of the 20 operational locos (206, 207, 8208, 8209, 215-224, 226-229, 231-234), 11 were modified by the end of May 2017.  Read More

COACHING STOCK MkIV News 4002 has been fitted with a new brake disc, made from steel. This is expected to have a longer life than the current discs in use. On Tuesday 20 June 2017, 223 hauled MKIV set 4001 (with no loco on the rear) as the 10:40 Cork – Inchicore, following a failure in Cork the day before. Komplete Group (based in Derby, UK) have won a contract for the design, supply and installation of replacement inter-vehicle jumper cables on the Mark 4 fleet. It covers the three main electrical cables on the vehicles, and is designed to be easier to maintain and split as required. Read More
DART Train Radio Trials: Vehicles 8135 and 8602 have been fitted a new Global System for Mobile Communications – Rail (GSM-R) Cab Radio system. For a period of time these cabs were placed in the middle of a formation. However from Monday 12 June 2017 these could be used like any other cab, with calls being able to be made and received on the GSM-R system. Read More

RAILCARS Class 2lass 2700: The refurbishment of the 2700 fleet was put out to pre-qualification on Sunday 9 July 2017. The tender specifies what is required: Undertaking heavy maintenance activities on key systems (i.e. Bogies, Final Drives, Exhausts, Cooling System, Gangways, Couplers, Pneumatic Systems etc.); Undertaking system integrity and refurbishment to existing sub-systems (i.e. Fire Suppression, Toilet Modules, Passenger Doors, Lighting, Glazing etc.); Supply and installation of replacement components and assemblies (i.e. Passenger seating, flooring systems, underframe equipment cabinets, interior panels, luggage racks etc.); Undertaking modification works (electrical, mechanical and body) to bring the refurbished fleet in line with the remainder of the IÉ fleets). Overhaul of Traction and Generator engines; Overhaul of Transmissions and/or Transmission replacement;  Read More


Passenger Operations.
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.
Freight Operations IWT Container Trains  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.  Read More

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