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Hi Kieran. Nice photos as ever. Are the interiors of the mk4 sets getting an overhaul? Noel

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Hi Kieran. Nice photos as ever. Are the interiors of the mk4 sets getting an overhaul? Noel

 

Hi Noel. The interiors are getting a deep clean of the existing moquette etc, with any damaged ones replaced and plug sockets installed in standard class. No plans as yet to do a full refurb on them as far as I know

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Excellent research and photos. Did the line cross the Shannon at Portumna or terminate on the east bank? Doesn't look like it from Sat images, but if yes, did it cross the Shannon using the current iconic road bridge which looks more like railway engineering than a road structure? There is an old disused commercial harbour on the east bank just 350m north of the current road bridge (i.e. Munster Harbour) which may have connected the railway with commercial Shannon traffic. Waterways Ireland now use it as a storage depot for hardware, buoys, pontoons, etc.

 

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I do agree that the road bridge is very railway looking! But the railway terminated on the east side of the river bank.

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Good evening all,

 

On Saturday I took a trip up to Northern Ireland in connection with the Irish Transport Heritage Bus Rally at Cultra. This was my first time in Northern Ireland since August 2007 - and things have changed a lot! No more 80-class and 450-class labouring away around Belfast!

 

Click on any of the photos below to view them full size

 

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Album link -

 

Regards,

Kieran

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Evening all,

 

The Belmond Grand Hibernian started its 2017 season today with a trip from Heuston to Cork, Thurles and Charleville. Also other pictures from today feature Nenagh, Ballybrophy and Clonkeen.

 

Click http://smu.gs/2q3GKXo to view.

 

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Evening folks,

 

Pictures from the middle of this week feature:

 

Wednesday 26th April 2017:

A evening stroll to Nenagh Town centre coincided with the evening passenger train arriving at the station.

 

Thursday 27th April 2017:

Friday morning was interesting at Portlaoise with the 0825 Charleville - Galway Belmond GH Spl. and a Limerick to Inchicore Wagon transfer passing the town. On Thursday evening I took a ramble from Portlaoise to Nenagh via Limerick Jct. and Ballybrophy.

 

Friday 28th April 2017:

Friday morning images from Nenagh and Ballybrophy.

 

 

Click http://smu.gs/2pq7TRP to view them all.

 

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Morning folks,

 

Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th April 2017:

Photos from this weekend include images of the Belmond Grand Hibernian going down the Dublin & South Eastern Railway line as far as Gorey, where it stabled on Saturday night. The normal Saturday route to Belfast wasn't available due to engineering works. To start off the weekend I dropped into Rosskelton to see the ballast cleaning works ongoing.

 

Click http://smu.gs/2qleiOj to view them all.

 

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Those two photos are superb. Track maintenance works alongside an operational line must be quiet tricky. The shot of the sweeping Belmont train passing Wicklow is really eye catching.

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Good morning all,

 

A selection of photos from a very busy Saturday for me. Starting off on the 0700 Heuston - Cork as far as Thurles, back up through the Down Loop at Laois Traincare Depot, then around to Drumcondra and Connolly, before heading up to Skerries and Laytown before the drag home. Click on the photos below to view them full size

 

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Regards,

Kieran

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Good to see 8209 and 077 with "proper" numbers on them, rather than irrelevant, unnecessary and unintelligible lengthy computer codes written along them.....!

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The final batch of images on Sunday 30th April have been uploaded and feature:

 

- The Belmond Grand Hibernian leaving Gorey and arriving into Waterford some five hours later.

- Images of the new Waterford to Dungarvan "Greenway" at Bilberry.

- 1240 Waterford - Heuston passing Newrath Jct.

- 1655 Limerick - Heuston Empty (off earlier private charter) crossing over UBL28 at Cross.

 

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

 

 

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Evening all,

 

We start off the May gallery with:

 

Bank Holiday Monday 1st May 2017:

I tried a new location, when I visited the Canal Bridge in Limerick. This carries the Limerick to Athenry railway over the disused Park Canal. The final photo from the evening is a shot from Knockenpierce, outside Nenagh of the evening passenger to Ballybrophy.

 

Tuesday 2nd May 2017:

A ramble around the network today with a guest from the UK. Photos come from:

- Thurles.

- Ossory Road.

- Busaras

- The Point

- East Wall Road (Retrotrain 071 on the Tara Mines).

- Heuston

- Hazelhatch

- Sallins

- Mallow

 

Click http://smu.gs/2oUGs5q to view.

 

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Evening folks,

 

Wednesday 3rd May 2017:

Another ramble today, this time heading to Tralee, Killarney and Cork. Locations include:

- Portlaoise

- Mallow

- Tralee

- Killarney (includes Railtours Ireland charter from Cobh to Killarney).

- Cork.

- Rathmore (to see the Belmond Grand Hibernian pass through).

 

Plans to go down the Cobh line had to be abandoned due to a signal failure at Myrtlehill Level Crossing outside Cork at 1600. Then the Tralee line service was badly delayed due to another signal failure at Rathmore just as I arrived there on the 1725 Mallow - Tralee!

 

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

 

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27.3.17. GM 112 transfers the Irish Rail Spoil Wagons from Ballinderry to Dundalk

 

27.3.17. GM 112 at Lisburn Station. 112 would run light engine up the Antrim Branch to transfer the Irish Rail Spoil Wagons from Ballinderry to Dundalk

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Evening all,

 

The first pictures from a weekend trip to London have now been uploaded covering Friday 5th May.

 

Highlights include:

 

- Pictures from the flight from DUB to LHR including seeing 071 on the Tara Mines train.

- Retro liveried IC125 43002 at London Paddington.

- Class 68's on the Chiltern mainline from London Marylebone.

- Chiltern Bubble Car 121034 on the Princess Risborough - Aylesbury shuttle.

 

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

 

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Just the one from me today. Nice to see an 071 on a train of Mark IIIs again :) 081 on the Belmond

 

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That's a superbly framed shot. :tumbsup: The grey roofs on the mk3's and the light almost give the impression the loco and rake are the same livery.

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Cheers Noel! The Belmond blue is a dark one and tricky to shoot in bright sunlight. Reminds me of the old GNER blue across the pond. Lovely shade in the flesh, mind...

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That's a superbly framed shot. :tumbsup: The grey roofs on the mk3's and the light almost give the impression the loco and rake are the same livery.

Have to agree. That's lovely shot, Fran!

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A rare shot too. 081 was only supposed to haul the train from Dundalk to Connolly then 216 to take it on from there. 216 and 081 got mixed up in Dundalk on Saturday night which lead to this strange situation.

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Evening all,

 

The latest photos from my recent UK trip have now been uploaded to http://smu.gs/2qTKEma

 

Highlights include visits to:

- The Gospel Oak - Barking railway which is currently being electrified.

- The former Northern City Line which is used by ECML London suburban trains in London to Moorgate. This line still retains Network South East signage.

- Various London Underground photos.

 

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Evening all,

 

The latest photos from my recent UK trip have now been uploaded to http://smu.gs/2qTKEma

 

Highlights include visits to:

- The Gospel Oak - Barking railway which is currently being electrified.

- The former Northern City Line which is used by ECML London suburban trains in London to Moorgate. This line still retains Network South East signage.

- Various London Underground photos.

 

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Nice shots Neil. Last time I was on the Gospel Oak to Barking it was a 150 in Silverlink livery. Gospel Oak is a nice place to watch cross London freight too.

 

Great pics!

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Good evening all,

 

A few photos from Thursday and Friday last week, with the RPSI's International tour kicking off with the traditional Thursday stock move and Friday diesel tour. In addition is the hybrid DART set and the first 6-car ICR working of a Grand Canal Dock service. Click on any of the photos below to view them full size

 

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Regards,

Kieran

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Evening folks,

 

The final batch of images from my recent trip to London have finally been uploaded to http://smu.gs/2qdTEjr

 

The majority of images from Sunday are of the District Line D78 stock farewell tour which covered all the branches of the District Line that the D78's visited, plus Northfields on the Piccadilly Line.

 

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Evening folks,

 

All the images from the past week have now been uploaded to the May gallery at http://smu.gs/2pJA6S3

 

Featuring images from:

- Portlaoise

- Limerick

- Limerick Jct.

- Mallow

- Killarney.

- Thurles.

 

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Afternoon all,

 

I ventured over to Cush in Co. Kildare this morning to photograph 078 hauling the Belmond Grand Hibernian from Connolly to Waterford. The Sunday and Monday trips to/from Waterford are now scheduled to be hauled by an 071 Class locomotive rather than the dedicated Belmond liveried 216 due to operational issues at Dundalk where the train is stabled at on Saturday night.

 

This mornings outing also has images from the Barrow Bridge at Monastervin and Rosskelton in Co. Laois.

 

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

 

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Afternoon all,

 

I ventured over to Cush in Co. Kildare this morning to photograph 078 hauling the Belmond Grand Hibernian from Connolly to Waterford. The Sunday and Monday trips to/from Waterford are now scheduled to be hauled by an 071 Class locomotive rather than the dedicated Belmond liveried 216 due to operational issues at Dundalk where the train is stabled at on Saturday night.

 

This mornings outing also has images from the Barrow Bridge at Monastervin and Rosskelton in Co. Laois.

 

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

 

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That pic no #125 of 078 hauling the mk3s is a super shot. Nice to see a proper train :)

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Morning all,

 

some photos taken during the last few weeks: https://www.flickr.com/photos/finnyus/

 

Includes:

- 078 operating the Connolly-Waterford Belmond

- UK Trip (Birmingham, London, Newbury & Swindon)

- London Underground D Stock Farewell tour

- 086 operating the RPSI South Kerry tour

 

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Lavistown South Junction

 

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Hammersmith H&C

 

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Putney Bridge

 

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Killarney Junction, Mallow

 

Finbarr.

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17.5.17. NIR GM 8113 & ballast train , photos taken between Poyntzpass & Portadown.

 

17.5.17. NIR GM 8113 arrives light engine at Poyntzpass from York Road Depot , 8113 would a ballast train  from Poyntzpass to Ballymena dropping ballast between Poyntzpass & Portadown only.

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Evening folks,

 

Photographs from this week include:

 

Tuesday 16th May 2017:

Pictures from Portlaoise, Ballybrophy and Limerick.

 

Wednesday 17th May 2017:

The 0630 Limerick - Ballybrophy service was delayed for 60 minutes between Quakers Road Level Crossing and Borris-in-Ossory due to a number of catttle on the line. The train encountered them at about the 4 1/4 milepost and eventually got going again at the 3 milepost.

 

Thursday 18th May 2017:

Images from Ballybrophy, Portlaoise area and Kildare. Includes the Belmond Grand Hibernian and 220 hauling a failed MKIV set from Cork to Inchicore.

 

Click http://smu.gs/2q1jeXc to view.

 

 

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