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RPSI: Sea Breeze. Sunday 8th July 2018
The RPSI Dublin Operations operated another of their Sea Breeze tours from Dublin to Wexford and Rosslare Strand on Sunday 8th July. 

Originally planned to feature No. 85 "Merlin" the RPSI later decided due to the extraordinarily hot weather, and in particular the lack of rain or any forecast for significant rainfall, they took the decision to operate the Sea Breeze excursion using a diesel locomotive. IE 071 Class No. 072 recently released from a body overhaul was rostered for the tour.

Despite about 100 cancellations due to the use of a diesel locomotive, the train was still well loaded and everybody enjoyed their day out to the Sunny South East, which certainly lived up to its name on Sunday.

Click https://goo.gl/SHJnXz to view.

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A few images from earlier today at Minish outside Killarney and Farranfore.

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Good evening all,
 
On Saturday 7 July 2018 I ventured north to the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland's main engineering and museum base at Whitehead for a look around, since I had never visited before. It wasn't all play as a little bit of work was completed (with thanks to Philip for arranging that chance!), along with a detailed tour around the workshops. Of particular interest was the first of what would be called "modern" railcars - underfloor engines powering the bogie next to it!
 
As always, click on the photo to view it full size with detailed descriptions in many cases
 
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Album link - https://www.flickr.com/photos/hurricanemk1c/sets/72157668919464107
 
Regards,
Kieran

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Fabulous sequence of really interesting photos.  Thanks for posting.

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Evening all,

A bunch of images from the weekend just gone have been uploaded to the website at https://goo.gl/dESe3n

Saturday 21st July 2018:
Pictures from a day out around Dublin. Mainly of the LUAS Cross City extension including my first sighting of one of the new 55 meter trams in service. Also included is the Belmond Grand Hibernian at Heuston and Connolly.

Sunday 22nd July 2018:
While heading to Dublin on Saturday I noticed 071 and 085 stabled at Lisduff. So I decided to take a chance on the Sunday and head over to Lisduff to see if they were still there. Thankfully they were.

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Tuesday 24th July 2018:
A day trip to Dublin with images from:
- Nenagh.
- Heuston.
- Connolly.
- Busaras.
- Drumcondra.
- Ballybrophy.

Includes the last silver and black liveried 071 (086) hauling the 1140 Ballina - North Wall Liner at Drumcondra.

Click https://goo.gl/jzCtEp to view.

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Evening all,

The latest update to the July gallery has just been posted featuring:

Wednesday 25th July 2018:
Just a single picture from this day at Ballybrophy of the morning branch train from Limerick via Nenagh.

Friday 27th July 2018:
A Friday ramble visiting:
- Portlaoise.
- Portarlington.
- Monasterevin.
- Limerick Jct. 
- Thurles.

Work has started at Limerick Jct. on the construction of the new Down Platform. As a result of this the Up and Down Lines are closed and all traffic must use the platform road at the station.

Click https://goo.gl/5zhBXh to view all the images.

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Good morning, 

some photographs taken over the last few months: https://www.flickr.com/photos/finnyus/

Includes: 
 - Locations on the East Coast Main Line
 - Devon & Cornwall 
 - New destination displays on the Irish Rail 2600 Class units 
 - Trip to New York and Boston

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Forder Viaduct, Cornwall

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66031 Middleway, St. Blazey

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London King's Cross 

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Hyde Park MBTA, Massachusetts 

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Glounthaune by Finbarr O'Neill, on Flickr

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On 7/27/2018 at 9:59 PM, thewanderer said:

Evening all,

The latest update to the July gallery has just been posted featuring:

Wednesday 25th July 2018:
Just a single picture from this day at Ballybrophy of the morning branch train from Limerick via Nenagh.

Friday 27th July 2018:
A Friday ramble visiting:
- Portlaoise.
- Portarlington.
- Monasterevin.
- Limerick Jct. 
- Thurles.

Work has started at Limerick Jct. on the construction of the new Down Platform. As a result of this the Up and Down Lines are closed and all traffic must use the platform road at the station.

Click https://goo.gl/5zhBXh to view all the images.

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The Junction is very different to the one I remember as a kid, crossing the tracks to the signal cabin bringing my dads lunch to him, he would be leaning out the window whistling a tune and telling me when it was safe to cross.

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5 hours ago, Gabhal Luimnigh said:

The Junction is very different to the one I remember as a kid, crossing the tracks to the signal cabin bringing my dads lunch to him, he would be leaning out the window whistling a tune and telling me when it was safe to cross.

Me too! I remember the shed road full of As and loose coupled trucks, and of course the Sligo Leitrim railcar and an old Midland six-wheel third in the shed. naturally, an enthusiast could hop down off the platform and wander at liberty all over the tracks..... I took a pic of a grubby A on a fertiliser train that way.

And that great day on the RPSI May tour in 1978 when three engines were in steam there at once - 184, 186 & 4......

I got a Limerick - Waterford train in both directions, with all that convoluted shunting involving going round the back of the station and reversing umpteen times! Great days, ending with a steak in a laminate dining car with dribbly teapot on the way home.....with one of those brand-new 071 things.

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Hi all,

Two updates to the website this evening.

The first is the August gallery which features:

Tuesday 7th August 2018:
While alighting from the 1530 Heuston - Limerick at Limerick, I noted 2814 on the 1805 to Galway showing the new digital destination displays.

Wednesday 8th August 2018:
The Nenagh Branch service was bus transfers on this day. It was reported that copper thieves stole 4 miles of ETS cable in the Cloughjordan area. 

Thursday 9th August 2018:
Pictures from Portlaoise, Limerick, Limerick Jct. and Thurles this evening. The main reason for my trip was to travel on the 1750 Limerick - Limerick Jct. service which operates via the Pocket Loop at Limerick Jct. to cross the 1625 Heuston - Limerick via Limerick Jct. service.

Click https://goo.gl/PMvZM6 to view.

The second update is one from the forgotten railway series featuring pictures of the Connemara railway between Galway and Clifden. If exciting plans come to pass we may yet see a train in this part of the world once again.

Click https://goo.gl/nPjRF5 to view.

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Evening folks,

Two updates have been uploaded to the website this evening:

- Monday 13th August 2018:
Pictures from Limerick and Portlaoise have been uploaded to the August gallery. Click https://goo.gl/33npqe to view.

- The next railway to feature in my forgotten railway series is the Western Rail Corridor between Claremorris to Athenry.

Click thehttps://goo.gl/GrCSRY to see the gallery.

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Evening folks,

A round of up of pictures from the past week include:

Tuesday 14th August 2018:
I had to visit Tullamore this morning and once my business there was concluded, the Up and Down IWT Liners were shortly due to pass through the town. I headed out Clonminch Road Bridge to photograph both workings, both hauled by 201 Class locomotives.

Thursday 17th August 2017:
Images from around the Portlaoise area including 083 hauling the Sperry train on test to Portarlington.

Friday 17th August 2018:
Pictures today come from Heuston, Busaras and Connolly.

Saturday 18th August 2018:
Pictures from St. Stephens Green, Dawson Street, Heuston, Portlaoise and Grange More (near Ballybrophy).

Click https://goo.gl/KXCGWY to view.

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15 minutes ago, thewanderer said:

Evening folks,

A round of up of pictures from the past week include:

Tuesday 14th August 2018:
I had to visit Tullamore this morning and once my business there was concluded, the Up and Down IWT Liners were shortly due to pass through the town. I headed out Clonminch Road Bridge to photograph both workings, both hauled by 201 Class locomotives.

Thursday 17th August 2017:
Images from around the Portlaoise area including 083 hauling the Sperry train on test to Portarlington.

Friday 17th August 2018:
Pictures today come from Heuston, Busaras and Connolly.

Saturday 18th August 2018:
Pictures from St. Stephens Green, Dawson Street, Heuston, Portlaoise and Grange More (near Ballybrophy).

Click https://goo.gl/KXCGWY to view.

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Lovely shots as always. Great to see a full liner when there's so little freight about nowadays. 

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Thanks Jason. 

 

On Sunday 19th August the All Ireland Hurling Final took place at Croke Park in Dublin. The minor final featured Galway and Kilkenny, while the senior final featured Limerick and Galway. Limerick are looking to win their first All Ireland since 1973. For the event Iarnrod Eireann operated eight specials from Limerick, Limerick Jct., Charleville and Galway as well as the regular scheduled service.

The specials operated as under:

0730 Galway - Dublin Heuston 3+4ICR
1920 Dublin Heuston - Galway 3+4ICR

0745 Galway - Dublin Heuston 5ICR
2005 Dublin Heuston - Galway 4ICR

0845 Galway - Dublin Heuston 2x3ICR
1950 Dublin Heuston - Galway 2x3ICR

0940 Galway - Dublin Heuston 4ICR
1820 Dublin Heuston - Galway 4ICR

0910 Limerick - Dublin Heuston 2x3ICR
1850 Dublin Heuston - Limerick 2x4ICR

0940 Limerick - Dublin Heuston 2x4ICR
1924 Dublin Heuston - Limerick 2x3ICR
(note the regular 1925 Heuston - Limerick was deferred to 1935).

1000 Limerick Jct.- Dublin Heuston 3+4ICR
1910 Dublin Heuston - Limerick Jct. 3+4ICR

0815 Charleville - Dublin Heuston 5ICR
1930 Dublin Heuston - Charleville 8MKIV

I took an early morning trip into Limerick to see the 0910 and 0940 Specials to Heuston. The 0940 was notable in being the first 8ICR formation to depart from the station since the remodelling in 2017. Previously the maximum size that could operate to Limerick was 7ICR.

Click the picture below to view all the images.

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There was only one train to catch today and that was the 1530 Heuston - Limerick which had the 2018 All Ireland Hurling Final winners onboard, returning to Limerick to a stunning reception from fans at Limerick Colbert Station. 

After that I took a spin out to Ennis and once again the Western Rail Corridor trains had very healthy passenger loads, particularly the 1750 Galway - Limerick Jct. service.

Click https://goo.gl/TbfPXR to view the images.

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Good morning all,
 
After a busy period for me, I'm starting to catch up with photos taken at the beginning of the month. The majority of the shots are from Connolly, with one from Heuston. Highlights include the use of ICR's on the Enterprise, an Inspection Car passing through and a pair on non-CAWS fitted C3K's. Click on the photos below to view them full size
 
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Album link - https://www.flickr.com/photos/hurricanemk1c/albums/72157698816431391

Regards,

Kieran
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On 8/13/2018 at 9:59 PM, thewanderer said:

Evening folks,

Two updates have been uploaded to the website this evening:

- Monday 13th August 2018:
Pictures from Limerick and Portlaoise have been uploaded to the August gallery. Click https://goo.gl/33npqe to view.

- The next railway to feature in my forgotten railway series is the Western Rail Corridor between Claremorris to Athenry.

Click thehttps://goo.gl/GrCSRY to see the gallery.

Great series of photos and record of Claremorris line.  It is a mere shadow of it’s former days as a major railway intersection between five operating railway lines. 

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On 7/16/2018 at 8:41 PM, hurricanemk1c said:
Good evening all,
 
On Saturday 7 July 2018 I ventured north to the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland's main engineering and museum base at Whitehead for a look around, since I had never visited before. It wasn't all play as a little bit of work was completed (with thanks to Philip for arranging that chance!), along with a detailed tour around the workshops. Of particular interest was the first of what would be called "modern" railcars - underfloor engines powering the bogie next to it!
 
As always, click on the photo to view it full size with detailed descriptions in many cases
 
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Album link - https://www.flickr.com/photos/hurricanemk1c/sets/72157668919464107
 
Regards,
Kieran

 

Surprised to See the recently Painted 141 needed a bit of TLC already.

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Think it was starting to need a body overhaul to combat corrosion around the time IE repainted 141 and 142 for the RPSI. It's like all the 071s needing body work now despite getting the freight livery repaints between 12-10 years ago. They were just painted but the body panels need replacing and treating.

It's 8 years ago the BGMs were painted.

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2 hours ago, Railer said:

Think it was starting to need a body overhaul to combat corrosion around the time IE repainted 141 and 142 for the RPSI. It's like all the 071s needing body work now despite getting the freight livery repaints between 12-10 years ago. They were just painted but the body panels need replacing and treating.

It's 8 years ago the BGMs were painted.

 

8 years ago!! flipping heck time is whipping by. Seemed like only 2 or so.

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Over the weekend of Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th August the Pope visited Ireland. For this event a number of special services operated for Events in Croke Park, Knock (near Claremorris) and the Phoenix Park in Dublin.

In contrast to the visit of Pope John Paul to Ireland in 1979, the majority of scheduled services continued to operate, whereas in 1979 all scheduled bus and rail services were cancelled with all resources used in providing special train & buses to the events in Dublin and elsewhere.

Notwithstanding the changing times in Ireland over the last 39 years the railway company still provided several Intercity Specials to Dublin for the Papal Mass in the Phoenix Park on the Sunday in addition to the regular scheduled morning services.

In Dublin area itself, the Kildare/Portlaoise commuter service had additional capacity with 3 specials each from Portlaoise and Kildare to supplement the regular scheduled service, which was strengthened from the usual 3ICR to 2X3ICR. On the Connolly side special timetables operated all day on the DART, Northern, Maynooth & M3 Parkway Commuter routes, the highlight being a 10 minute frequency between Connolly and Clonsilla on the Maynooth/M3 Parkway route as Ashtown Station is only a few minutes’ walk from the Phoenix Park.

Listed below are the services which operated for the events across the country. Specials on Sunday for the DART, Northern, Maynooth & M3 Parkway Commuter routes are not listed as a special timetable was in force on these routes.

Saturday 25th August 2018:

FESTIVAL OF FAMILIES @ CROKE PARK

23.00 DUBLIN HEUSTON/GALWAY 3 ICR
23.15 DUBLIN HEUSTON/CORK 8 MKIV
00.50 LIMERICK JCTN./LIMERICK 3 ICR
23.20 DUBLIN CONNOLLY/BELFAST CENTRAL 6 x C3K
15.10 MAYNOOTH/DUBLIN CONNOLLY 8 x 29000 
21.00 DRUMCONDRA/MAYNOOTH 8 x 29000
12.55 LONGFORD/DUBLIN CONNOLLY 8 x 29000 
21.50 DRUMCONDRA/LONGFORD 4 x 29000
16.15 MAYNOOTH/DUBLIN CONNOLLY 4 x 29000
21.10 DRUMCONDRA/MAYNOOTH 8 x 29000
21.35 DRUMCONDRA/MAYNOOTH 8 x 29000
22.05 DRUMCONDRA/MAYNOOTH 8 x 29000

Sunday 26th August 2018:

THE PAPAL VISIT 2018 @ KNOCK

06.00 ATHLONE/CLAREMORRIS 4 ICR 
13.35 CLAREMORRIS/ATHLONE 4 ICR
06.10 WESTPORT/CLAREMORRIS 3&4 ICR 
14.00 CLAREMORRIS/WESTPORT 3&4 ICR
06.00 BALLINA/MANULLA JCTN. 2 x 2800

THE PAPAL VISIT 2018 @ THE PHOENIX PARK

Heuston services
07.15 CORK/DUBLIN HEUSTON 8 MKIV 
19.25 DUBLIN HEUSTON/CORK 8 MKIV
07.25 LIMERICK/DUBLIN HEUSTON 5&3 ICR 
20.00 DUBLIN HEUSTON/LIMERICK 3 ICR
07.15 WATERFORD/DUBLIN HEUSTON 2X3 ICR 
19.40 DUBLIN HEUSTON/WATERFORD 2X3 ICR
07.10 GALWAY/DUBLIN HEUSTON 3&4 ICR
19.15 DUBLIN HEUSTON/GALWAY 3&4 ICR
07.40 GALWAY/DUBLIN HEUSTON 5 ICR 
19.50 DUBLIN HEUSTON/GALWAY 4 ICR
21.30 DUBLIN HEUSTON/ATHLONE 4 ICR
07.57 PORTLAOISE/DUBLIN HEUSTON 3&4 ICR 
18.10 DUBLIN HEUSTON/PORTLAOISE 3&4 ICR
08.20 PORTLAOISE/DUBLIN HEUSTON 2X3 ICR 
19.35 DUBLIN HEUSTON/PORTLAOISE 4 ICR
10.18 PORTLAOISE/DUBLIN HEUSTON 3&4 ICR 
20.10 DUBLIN HEUSTON/PORTLAOISE 5 ICR
20.45 DUBLIN HEUSTON/PORTLAOISE 3&4 ICR
21.45 DUBLIN HEUSTON/PORTLAOISE 5 ICR
07.45 KILDARE/DUBLIN HEUSTON 5 ICR
09.20 KILDARE/DUBLIN HEUSTON 5 ICR 
18.50 DUBLIN HEUSTON/KILDARE 5 ICR
10.55 KILDARE/DUBLIN HEUSTON 5 ICR
07.10 TRALEE/CORK 5 ICR is extended through to Heuston

Connolly Services
06.05 BELFAST CENTRAL/DUBLIN CONNOLLY 6 x C3K
20.55 DUBLIN CONNOLLY/BELFAST CENTRAL 6 x C3K
06.20 BELFAST CENTRAL/DUBLIN CONNOLLY 6 x C3K
22.10 DUBLIN CONNOLLY/BELFAST CENTRAL 6 x C3K
05.40 DERRY/DUBLIN CONNOLLY 6 C3K 
21.50 DUBLIN CONNOLLY/DERRY 6 C3K
06.55 SLIGO/DUBLIN CONNOLLY 4 ICR 
18.30 DUBLIN CONNOLLY/SLIGO 4 ICR
07.20 ROSSLARE EUROPORT/DUBLIN CONNOLLY 4 x 29000 
19.42 DUBLIN CONNOLLY/ROSSLARE EUROPORT 4 x 29000

For the weekend, I was in the Portlaoise area and popped over to the station on Sunday morning to see the 3 additional special services depart from the station, plus photographing the Limerick, Cork and Tralee specials passing through.

Click https://goo.gl/Xxpd8w to view.

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A round of images from the past 9 days have now been uploaded to the website featuring:

Tuesday 21st August 2018:
Pictures from Nenagh and Carn Bridge to see a mixed pair of 2600's and 2800's heading to Inchicore.

Wednesday 22nd August 2018:
A visit to Ashberry Level Crossing outside Roscrea to photo the 1655 Limerick - Ballybrophy.

Friday 24th August 2018:
Pictures from Portlaoise and Limerick.

Saturday 25th August 2018:
A couple of images from Portlaoise showing the morning Limerick to Ballybrophy train at the station plus an evening time visit to Dromineer on the shores of Lough Derg.

Sunday 26th AUgust 2018:
A few pictures of regular scheduled services passing Portlaoise. See "The Papal Visit 2018" for details of special services which operated for the visit of The Pope to Ireland.

Tuesday 28th August 2018:
Two pictures from Limerick and Portlaoise today in the August gallery.

Click https://goo.gl/HvYGm2 to view.

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Good evening all,

One of the busiest days in recent transport history was Sunday 26 August, with the Papal Visit and final mass in the Phoenix Park. Although the expected 500,000 did not turn up, a respectable figure was still transported by rail-based transport, with several interesting features, including:
-8x29000 to M3 Parkway
-10 minute DART and Connolly-Clonsilla service (diverging into a 20 minute service to Maynooth and M3 Parkway)
-Use of the Luas Racecourse stop for the first time

Click on the photo below to view all the photos from the day, and well done to all involved. The few issues that became apparent were well handled. It is estimated that 10,000 passengers passed through Navan Road Parkway with little delay in 90 minutes following the mass

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Album link - https://www.flickr.com/photos/hurricanemk1c/albums/72157670694689937/with/43630227324/

Regards,
Kieran

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Evening folks,

Photos from the past week have now been uploaded to the website in both the August and September galleries.

August:
Wednesday 29th August 2018:
Just a single image from Nenagh of the 0630 Limerick - Ballybrophy arriving into the station.

Friday 31st August 2018:
A few images of Portlaoise station on Friday morning when the Electric Picnic crowds were arriving into the town.

Click https://goo.gl/QXL16W to view.

September:
Monday 3rd September 2018:
The RPSI are operating a private charter this week on behalf of "Just Go Railtours". On Monday the tour departed Connolly at 1045 bound for Killarney. 85 Merlin was pictured in fine form passing Rosskelton south of Portlaoise.

Click https://goo.gl/mbsj5w to view.

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The first batch of pictures from my long weekend trip to Manchester and York have now been uploaded to the website.

Featuring:
- Aircraft at Dublin.
- Manchester Airport Station.
- Trams in Manchester including on the new city line.
- Manchester Victoria (my first time to board a train there actually).
- York.
- The Sidings Hotel in York which is right beside the East Coast Main Line.

Click https://thewandererphotos.smugmug.com/International/2018/UK-Trip-6th-to-the-9th-September-2018 to view all the pictures.

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Nice pics. Especially nice aerial pic of EIDW RWY 16

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