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  1. Photographic Website Updates

    Afternoon folks, The November gallery has been updated with some images from Heuston and interior pictures of recent labelling changes to the 22000 Class fleet. Click http://smu.gs/2mARbRV to view.
  2. Photographic Website Updates

    Evening all, A few updates to the website covering the past week: November Gallery: Wednesday 8th November 2017: Images from Portlaoise and of LUAS trams in Dublin near Heuston Station. Thursday 9th November 2017: Grabbed a few images around Heuston Station while passing through to catch a bus. Tuesday 14th November 2017: The Sperry Train passed Portlaoise just after midday heading from Heuston to Mallow. Click http://smu.gs/2jrSnpy to view. For the weekend I was in the UK visiting Manchester and York. - UK Trip featuring Manchester Metrolink, Piccadilly and York: http://smu.gs/2ifH9kB - Visit to the National Railway Museum: http://smu.gs/2ifmgpy
  3. Photographic Website Updates

    Evening all, The November gallery starts off with photos from: - Clonkeen outside Portlaoise. - Hill of Down on the Sligo line to see the extremely rare appearance of a 5ICR set working on Sligo route. This was following the failure of the booked 4ICR set. - Pictures from Lavistown and Commons in Co. Kilkenny on Sunday afternoon. Click http://smu.gs/2hHRRjx to view.
  4. Photographic Website Updates

    Some recent photos of the Bord na Mona railway at Derrinlough Briquette Factory in Co. Offaly. From 2018 this will be the last plant to produce peat briquettes when the Littleton factory in Co. Tipperary is closed. This closure is due to falling demand for the product in the face of milder winters, higher taxes, falling oil prices and growing awareness of the environmental damage that burning peat causes. Click http://smu.gs/2z9aIeY to view.
  5. Photographic Website Updates

    Evening folks, I've finally caught up with the last of the October gallery with the final update published today. Highlights include: - Photos from Brittas north of Thurles. - Belmond Grand Hibernian Trial over the Western Rail Corridor. With thanks to TTC0169 for these images. - Pictures from Cherryville Jct and Kildare. Includes Belmond liveried 216 on Cork passenger services and 082 on the DFDS liner from Waterford to Ballina. Click http://smu.gs/2z5BsN4 to view them all.
  6. Photographic Website Updates

    Morning folks, It's been a busy few weeks since the Munster Double railtour and I haven't really had a chance to update the website much. During the week I made a flying visit to the London area, managing to travel on one of the brand new Class 800 "IEP" from Paddington to Reading and back again. Other items of interest include: Wednesday - A trip on the new GWR Class 800 "IEP" trains from Paddington to Reading and back again. - London Underground photos from various stations. - Liverpool Street - Stratford on a Class 315. - Jubilee Line refurbished train. - Former International platform 20 at London Waterloo. Thursday - Staines and London Waterloo. - London Euston and Birmingham International. These photos can be viewed at http://smu.gs/2yaOrjs The main reason for the visit to London was to visit the Great Cockcrow miniature railway in Chertsey outside London for an event organised by the Institution of Railway Operators. Photos of this excellent railway which features a full signalling system can be viewed at http://smu.gs/2zL8CAM An Irish update of photos covering the last two weeks of October should be posted somestage this weekend.
  7. Following the repainting of locomotive 071 into its original C.I.E. livery in May 2016 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the class, another anniversary in Irish Railway history was looming in 2017 as it would be 30 years since the founding of Iarnrod Eireann on the 2nd February 1987 when C.I.E. was split up into three subsidiary companies of Iarnrod Eireann, Bus Eireann and Dublin Bus. In February 2017, staff members Driver Ken Fox of Cork, Guard Noel Enright of Westport and Neil Dinnen Intercity Fleet Controller, Laois Train Care Depot made a suggestion to Peter Smyth, Chief Mechanical Engineer Iarnrod Eireann of repainting another 071 Class locomotive into a heritage livery, the original Iarnrod Eireann livery from 1987. For the 30th anniversary, No. 073 was the chosen candidate for repainting into the white stripe livery as it was undergoing a body overhaul in Inchicore Works. The locomotive was repainted at the Paint Spray Shop in May 2017, with minor finishing work carried out in June 2017. To re-launch 073 an event took place at Inchicore on Friday 7th July, where a line-up of three 071 Class locomotives was arranged to showcase some of the different liveries the fleet have carried over the last 41 years. Click the image below to see all the photos from Inchicore today.
  8. On the 2nd February 1987 CIÉ was reorganised into a holding company and three operating companies called Iarnrod Eireann, Dublin Bus and Bus Eireann. To mark the occasion, the IE Twitter team did a behind the scenes of Iarnród Éireann for 24 hours (0500 - 0500), to get a glimpse of how the team of 3,800 people deliver your train service. From line inspection to stations, from train maintenance to signalling, through day and night, #24HRSinIE will give you a unique insight into the service and the people who provide it. The photos in this gallery feature my contributions from throughout the day. Use the hashtag #24HRSinIE on twitter to see all the posts from Iarnrod Eireann and many of their staff from throughout the day. Click http://smu.gs/2jCwJhy to view.
  9. Afternoon all, One year to the day since the first set was withdrawn from passenger service, the first of the refurbished Enterprise trains returns to service. It worked the 0800 Belfast Central - Dublin Connolly and 1100 Dublin Connolly - Belfast Central. The project team aim to return sets 2 and 3 to service at two week intervals from today. Click http://smu.gs/1MhInU8 to view all the images from this morning.
  10. Yesterday I was in Dublin to travel on the Dublin Bay Hopper. This is a new venture between Iarnrod Eireann & Railtours Ireland and claims to be world’s first private hop-on hop-off tour train. It offers spectacular views of the Dublin coastline with full commentary throughout. The tour operates on Saturdays only and offers four departures each way. Tickets are only €19 and include unlimited DART travel for 2 days (Saturday & Sunday). For more information and to book go to http://www.dublinbayhopper.com Click here for pictures of Saturday's Dublin Bay Hopper tour: smu.gs/1tUJNbm The Wanderer.
  11. Thursday 22nd August 2013: A Slideshow and Talk is being held on Thursday 22nd August in Portlaoise Parish Centre Co.Laois on the Industrial Railways of the Midlands by Irish Steam Preservation Society volunteer Sean Cain. The talk commences at 8pm and runs until 10pm with the focus on the networks of Bord na Mona lines serving County Laois and neighbouring Counties, light refreshments will be available. This event is organised as part of Heritage Week 2013 by Laois County Council. Admission is free and all support greatly appreciated. If you are travelling from the Dublin area there are trains back to Dublin Heuston at 2205 (non-stop) & 2225 (all stations Commuter service). http://www.irishrail.ie Dublin Coach also offer a 24 hour service from Portlaoise - Red Cow - Dublin Airport. Buses leave Portlaoise at xx30 past each hour. http://dublincoach.ie/timetables/N7_bus_dublin_airport_to_portlaoise.php
  12. The country’s newest train station at Oranmore, Co Galway opened for business on Sunday 28th July 2013. The station, open in time for the Galway Races, will be served by a mixture of Galway/Dublin & Galway/Athenry/Limerick services, with 23 services calling at the station daily (Mon-Fri), 22 on Saturdays, and 15 on Sundays. The journey time from Oranmore to Galway is just 7 minutes, and customers can travel to Limerick, Dublin and a range of intermediate stations also. The station was officially opened by Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar on Monday 29th July 2013. The previous station at Oranmore closed in 1963 and was located 3/4 of a mile in the Athenry direction from the new station. Oranmore is the 144th station on the Iarnród Éireann network. Bicycle parking and car parking facilities will be provided, with a 140 space car park at the station owned and operated by Galway County Council. The construction of the station has been funded by the National Transport Authority. Pictures from the official opening on Monday 29th July 2013 are now online at http://smu.gs/14uSADp Other pictures from the day include: Athlone, Athenry, Galway, Ennis, Limerick Jct., Portlaoise & Portarlington and these may be viewed in the July 2013 gallery at: http://smu.gs/11qsdl4 Enjoy! The Wanderer.
  13. 077 let loose

    Good evening all, It's what we have been waiting for weeks on end. Repainted 077 has been let loose on the network. The loco was trialled at lunchtime today from Inchicore to Sallins and as the trial was successful she was soon pressed into service with a wagon transfer to North Wall. Sometimes you can't get them all so a massive thanks to GM233 and Mr. Church for allowing me to share their photos of the loco trial and wagon transfer to North Wall. All the photos can be viewed at http://smu.gs/14YbpEt Enjoy, The Wanderer.
  14. O Gauge 071

    Evening all, At the Wexford show I photographed this O Gauge 071 Class model at the Belfast Model Shop stand. http://smu.gs/IwPebW A Friend of mine is looking for more details on it? Are the BMS selling these now or was it a once off? Many thanks in advance. The Wanderer.
  15. Hi all, I might as well start the ball rolling here! I'm sure most of you are familar with my website, which has over 11,000 photos of the modern Irish Railway Scene since 2005 to the present day. There are two updates to the website this evening. The first has pictures from Heuston on Tuesday night featuring MKIV's 4005 and 4006 along with 227 and 22002, plus Wednesday evening photos are from Carn Bridge and Ballycullane featuring ex works 234, along with 224, 232, 4003, 22023 + 22028 and 22006. All these pictures are now available at: http://smu.gs/HTloh0'>http://smu.gs/HTloh0 The second update is of 076 visiting the Howth Branch on Easter Monday in connection with the testing of new signalling equipment on the Branch. http://smu.gs/HTloh0 Enjoy, The Wanderer.

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