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19.1.17. Driver Training runs between Lisburn & Crumlin with NIR Caf set 3014 on the closed Antrim to Lisburn Branch

 

 

19.1.17. NIR Caf set 3014 passes  Knockmore  on a  Driver Training run from  Lisburn to Crumlin on the closed Antrim to Lisburn Branch.

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Thursday 16th February 2017:

Various pictures from Portarlington and Heuston.

 

Includes 080 on the Waterford - Ballina Empty timber, Belmond liveried 216 on the 1300 Heuston - Cork and Retro CIE liveried 071 at Portarlington on a HOBS train.

 

Click http://smu.gs/2ln4xiJ to view.

 

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What's the loco type on the upper photo - is it an SD40?

 

Looks like an F40PH, JB. Don't think I've ever seen a photo of an SD40 on a passenger working...

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Good evening all,

 

Whilst a batch of photos gets edited and uploaded from today's jaunts, a selection of photos from Monday to Thursday this week, featuring photos from:

 

-George's Dock LUAS

-Seapoint

-Grand Canal Dock

-Park West and Cherry Orchard

-Hazelhatch and Celbridge

-Lansdowne Road

 

As always, click on any of the photos to view them full size

 

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Regards,

Kieran

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Good evening all,

 

On Saturday I completed what should have been an hour trip - Portlaoise to Dublin. For me however it took around 10 hours, as rather than going direct I took a trip to Ballina and Sligo, to clear the Sligo line for travel. As always, click on the photos below to view them all

 

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Regards,

Kieran

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1.2.17. NIR 450 Class Powercar 8455 gets scrapped at Ballymena Permanent Way Yard

 

 

1.2.17.  NIR 450 Class Powercar 8455 gets scrapped at Ballymena Permanent Way Yard

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4.2.17. Irish Rail spoil wagons on hire to NIR are stabled at Knockmore on the closed Lisburn to Antrim Branch.

4.2.17. York Road Depot & Adelaide Belfast.

 

4.2.17. Irish Rail spoil wagons on hire to NIR are stabled at Knockmore on the closed Lisburn to Antrim Branch.

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Good afternoon all,

 

I'm a bit behind on the posting at the moment, so a few from last week to start the weekend off. As always, click on any of the photos to view them full size.

 

First, a week in the Dublin area:

 

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On Saturday 25th February I went to the Waterford and Suir Valley Railway as a visiting volunteer. Many thanks to all of those down there who accomodated me for the day. I must return - but in sunnier weather!

 

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Regards,

Kieran

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Evening folks,

 

Last weekend I visited Amsterdam, after a gap of 31 years.

 

Getting there proved rather interesting due to Storm Doris and other events.

 

See all the pictures at http://smu.gs/2lM9wWd

 

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Evening all,

 

With the backlog of the Amsterdam photos out of the way, I've now been able to get through the backlog of Irish photos.

 

The final update to February 2017 sees a visit to Nenagh Station for the evening branch train. Click http://smu.gs/2lxgW4r to view.

 

The March 2017 gallery sees photos from:

- Birdhill

- Limerick

- Limerick Jct.

- Hewtown

- Holycross

- Thurles.

- Ballybrophy Bank

- Carn Bridge.

 

Click http://smu.gs/2muwO73 to view.

 

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Evening all,

 

With the backlog of the Amsterdam photos out of the way, I've now been able to get through the backlog of Irish photos.

 

The final update to February 2017 sees a visit to Nenagh Station for the evening branch train. Click http://smu.gs/2lxgW4r to view.

 

The March 2017 gallery sees photos from:

- Birdhill

- Limerick

- Limerick Jct.

- Hewtown

- Holycross

- Thurles.

- Ballybrophy Bank

- Carn Bridge.

 

Click http://smu.gs/2muwO73 to view.

 

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Fab pic of 4001 under the bridge

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Evening all,

 

Tuesday 7th March 2017:

I had to take spin to Dublin today for some business.

Pictures from:

- Portlaoise

- Heuston

- Pearse

- Ballybrophy

- Nenagh

 

Click http://smu.gs/2lBMyWF to view.

 

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Posted (edited)

The latest pictures in the March gallery feature images at Nenagh of the morning train being split to form the 0745 Nenagh - Limerick, along with Ballybrophy and Portlaoise pictures.

 

Click http://smu.gs/2m4Gd1l

 

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Evening all,

 

Tuesday 7th March 2017:

I had to take spin to Dublin today for some business.

Pictures from:

- Portlaoise

- Heuston

- Pearse

- Ballybrophy

- Nenagh

 

Click http://smu.gs/2lBMyWF to view.

 

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Like the active Portlaoise platform shot.

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Evening folks,

 

A couple of updates from the past few days.

 

The weekend features images from:

 

- Nenagh

- Brittas (Thurles).

- Loughmore.

- Templemore.

 

Highlights include Belmond 216 passing through Templemore on the 1500 Heuston to Cork.

 

Click http://smu.gs/2mXVaqo to view.

 

Also "MKT Transport Photography" visited Dublin earlier in the week and has kindly allowed me to use some of his photos of Dublin Connolly from his trip.

Click http://smu.gs/2ndDoQD to view these.

 

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Evening folks,

 

The latest images have now been uploaded to the March gallery.

 

Monday 13th March 2017:

A few pictures from Portlaoise, Ballybrophy and Limerick with the aim of heading to Birdhill to photograph a Ballast Train which should have been stabled there. It wasn't! Looks like it dropped its stone and headed back to Limerick Jct. instead of stabling. The ever elusive perway train!

 

Tuesday 14th March 2017:

A ramble around Portlaoise and Portarlington at lunchtime produced some better luck with perway trains!

- Inspection Car 723 heading to Ballybrophy.

- Track Recording Car 700 heading from Mallow to Heuston.

- Ultra rare passenger loco 223 on a MKIV set.

- HOBS and Spoil trains at Portarlington.

- 22001 being reformed at Laois Depot into its correct formation.

 

 

Click http://smu.gs/2mGqKGF to view.

 

 

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Nice to see a passenger service on the outside of the island platform at Ballybrophy - is this to 'polish' the rails occasionally?

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Yes it is.

 

As a mitigation to prevent wrong side signal failures in the form of non-operation of track circuits associated with rail-head contamination through non-use, a number of services in this WTT are identified as operating via alternative routing.

 

Areas identified include:

• Ballybrophy Down Loop. 1525 Heuston Limerick.

• Thurles Down Loop. 0740 Limerick Jct Thurles Ety.

• Charleville Down Loop. 1900 Heuston Cork.

• Mallow Platform 3 (To Dublin). 2020 Cork Heuston.

• Tralee Line Crossing Loops (Banteer – Farranfore). 0620 Cork Tralee serves the loops at Banteer and Farranfore, plus Killarney Bay. 2055 Cork Tralee serves Killarney Bay.

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Yes it is.

 

As a mitigation to prevent wrong side signal failures in the form of non-operation of track circuits associated with rail-head contamination through non-use, a number of services in this WTT are identified as operating via alternative routing.

 

Areas identified include:

• Ballybrophy Down Loop. 1525 Heuston Limerick.

• Thurles Down Loop. 0740 Limerick Jct Thurles Ety.

• Charleville Down Loop. 1900 Heuston Cork.

• Mallow Platform 3 (To Dublin). 2020 Cork Heuston.

• Tralee Line Crossing Loops (Banteer – Farranfore). 0620 Cork Tralee serves the loops at Banteer and Farranfore, plus Killarney Bay. 2055 Cork Tralee serves Killarney Bay.

 

The thought crossed my mind a few times - this is when the new sleepers went down - you could imagine not making contact on a dry day after a bit more weather exposure.

 

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10.2.17. NIR GM 112 transfers 4 Irish Rail spoil wagons from Knockmore to York Road Depot Belfast for wheel turning , the train used the closed Lisburn to Antrim Branch for the transfer.

 

 

10.2.17. NIR GM 112 transfers 4 Irish Rail spoil wagons from Knockmore to York Road Depot Belfast for wheel turning , the train used the closed Lisburn to Antrim Branch for the transfer. Photo taken at Knockmore .

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7.2.17. NIR GM 112 at Ballymena Permanent Way Depot.

 

Hey Gordon, Have NIR bought some spoil boxes of their own? These look to be new spoil boxes sitting on 60' frames?

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Hi all,

 

It's been a whilte since I updated here, so I'll just group the photos together. As always, click on any of the photos to view them full size

 

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The partially refreshed interior of 22038, done as part of a trial:

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Album link for the month -

 

Regards,

Kieran

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7.2.17. NIR GM 112 at Ballymena Permanent Way Depot.

 

Hey Gordon, Have NIR bought some spoil boxes of their own? These look to be new spoil boxes sitting on 60' frames?

 

 

Yes Dave. They are contractor designed units, and look substantially underwhelming for the task they're assigned to.

 

They'll look like Friday nights curry tray of a Saturday morning within 6 months....

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Evening folks,

 

Photos from Wednesday and Thursday have now been uploaded to the March gallery at http://smu.gs/2mUImAj

 

On Thursday I took a ramble from Portlaoise to Limerick via Galway.

 

Some good loadings on the Western Rail Corridor. The 1840 Galway - Ennis (22003) had 43 passengers after Athenry. Many of these connected off the 1630 Heuston Galway. 31 of these alighted in Ennis, with 6 remaining in board for the 77 minute wait for the 2110 Ennis Limerick. The reason for the long wait is due to the long single line section between Limerick and Ennis of 24 miles and two trains from Limerick at 1945 (to Galway) and 2025 (to Ennis).

The 1800 Limerick Galway was crossed at Gort formed of a single 2800 Class unit. It was full and standing room only with all four vestibules having standing and sitting passengers in them.

Meanwhile for the 77 minute wait at Ennis I took a walk down the town to check out a certain railway themed pub.

 

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12.2.17. Irish Rail Ballast Cleaner 781 passes Bushfield Road Moira heading from Dublin to Lisburn.

12.2.17. Irish Rail Ballast Cleaner 781 at Lisburn.

 

12.2.17. Irish Rail Ballast Cleaner  781 passes Bushfield Road Moira  heading from Dublin to Lisburn.

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Good evening folks,

 

On Saturday I took part in the "#JJinstarail Goes West, The Mystery Tour" which was a mystery train trip from Dublin Heuston to Galway (although I knew that already!).

 

Pictures from the trip are at http://smu.gs/2nLKA3x

 

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Morning all,

 

Some more pictures from the weekend & Tuesday of this week.

 

The March Gallery features pictures from Connolly, Clonsilla and Gort. Highlights being the transfer of 22002 + 22001 + 22062 from Laois Depot to Connolly to place 22001 with its experimental in cab signalling equipment to Connolly for further tests. Click http://smu.gs/2o3GIdG to view.

 

Also on Sunday the RPSI Dublin operations kicked off their 2017 season with two trips to Maynooth, using DSER loco 461 with 6 Cravens + BR Van.

Click http://smu.gs/2mTloXP to view.

 

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