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087 on the Rosslare-Waterford EST.

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A few shot's from Wellingtonbridge and Campile Co Wexford yesterday.087 was looking very well.She was only allowed to do about 15 mph.

 

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Just a question based on the above, because the line has been mothballed, does this prevent a train (chartered or otherwise) with passengers from using it? I would assume in the future that the the Belmont run service might want to use this line? Then again I guess it was never cleared for the 201s to use? And then does that in turn mean that if the Grand Hibernian is run to Rosslare for example, that the 201 loco would have to go 'The long way round' to Waterford each trip? Just some thoughts!

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Great photos Eamonn and great to see the line being used again. Hopefully they will work out something to keep the permanent way intact and maybe one day... we must live in hope.

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Just a question based on the above, because the line has been mothballed, does this prevent a train (chartered or otherwise) with passengers from using it? I would assume in the future that the the Belmont run service might want to use this line? Then again I guess it was never cleared for the 201s to use? And then does that in turn mean that if the Grand Hibernian is run to Rosslare for example, that the 201 loco would have to go 'The long way round' to Waterford each trip? Just some thoughts!

 

As far as I am aware, as it is on care and maintenance (mothballed) passenger trains cannot run. As far as operations are concerned, PWD staff have the line as part of an Absolute Possession (T3)

 

Nice shots Eamonn

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Nice pics there, showing the real beauty of an 071 class with the lovely cravens,

Any idea what time she is due in Galway tommorow? :trains:

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Nice pics there' date=' showing the real beauty of an 071 class with the lovely cravens, Any idea what time she is due in Galway tommorow? :trains:[/quote']

 

Arriving in Galway at 14:25,going empty to Westport at 15:30.

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Condition of track. 25 mph last year, 15 this year, also comments from people within the railway organisation whose day job, let's say, would be very much involved in any decision relating to the line's future.

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Condition of track. 25 mph last year, 15 this year, also comments from people within the railway organisation whose day job, let's say, would be very much involved in any decision relating to the line's future.

 

so is the line now going to be abandoned

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I'm not sure. They could well leave it as is, either the proviso that nothing whatsoever bar a weedspray goes over it, or even like Claremorris - Collooney, that they merely maintain the right of way.

 

The huge Barrow Viaduct and its condition will be the key. If and when (and eventually it's inevitable), the engineer declares that bridge impassable, then it's finished.

 

This railway was only ever opened as a short cut from Waterford to Rosslare when the latter was by far the most important port. Unfortunately, it's been decades since anything resembling lucrative traffic ever passed over it. The few small villages served would barely fill a taxi on a public transport service. I know the area quite well, and it's sleepy, let's say.

 

Without the beet, it would have gone years ago, unfortunately.

 

It would be nice to see something appear to give it a future, but with the costs of maintaining the second largest railway viaduct in Ireland associated, it's not like reopening any normal line.

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