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073 repainted into IR white stripe livery

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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.

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I've always had a soft spot for that livery so its great to see 073 carrying it again.Credit to all involved it looks absolutely fantastic.

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Looks great. The livery was a huge evolutionary improvement on the original super train livery.

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It really looks sweet, congrats to all involved in the project. I still can't get used to looking at them without the handrails. The different views and angles of the pics in the group shows how well MM captured the look for the model, makes me appreciate it all the more.

 

Rich,

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It is very fortunate that many IE staff members have a passion and appreciation for the railways and rolling stock, they are not just running a day-to-day transport business but they are also actively supporting and promoting railway history and heritage in Ireland. Well done to all involved for turning out 073 in such magnificent condition. Arguably one of the best GM loco types to run in Ireland or indeed in Europe, for power, reliability and availabiltiy you would have to search hard to find a better loco than the 071s. That livery looks absolutely superb and thanks again for reproducing it.

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That "tippex" livery was surely the best on those locos!

 

I liked the "set of points" logo too....

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I find it odd that this loco was repainted in the more vibrant MK3 orange we all know and love. I've a sample of the earlier, slightly darker version, taken from the roof of a 121 who shall rename nameless (and it's not TAN!) and it's not RAL 2011.

 

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Forgive the colour blocks on the left, they aren't an accurate "catch all" but if I were making these things in small, I'd have gone for the right colour :P :p :P

 

(cue JHB and a pint exploding somewhere)

 

Richie.

 

edit - I'm not knocking IE's valiant efforts, it's a stunning job well executed.

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Roof of a 121...was a ladder required Richie? And did you have your Safepass ? :)

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I find it odd that this loco was repainted in the more vibrant MK3 orange we all know and love. I've a sample of the earlier, slightly darker version, taken from the roof of a 121 who shall rename nameless (and it's not TAN!) and it's not RAL 2011.

 

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Forgive the colour blocks on the left, they aren't an accurate "catch all" but if I were making these things in small, I'd have gone for the right colour :P :p :P

 

(cue JHB and a pint exploding somewhere)

 

Richie.

 

edit - I'm not knocking IE's valiant efforts, it's a stunning job well executed.

 

Hi Richie. That's interesting but please forgive a little confusion on my part, you have the legend "Intercity IE Orange" pointing to both samples. Were both shades used on the later 'broken socket' logo IE locos? Or is UV and weathering the culprit. Noel

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Much better effort than 071, that orange was completely wrong imo.

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I liked the "set of points" logo too....

 

It was a clever design, pity it had to be scrapped.

Almost an Irish equivalent of the BR arrow logo, in that it could be recognised for what it was without any superfluous lettering.

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(cue JHB and a pint exploding somewhere.

 

I'm on my day off. It's Ballygowan water......

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Hi Richie. That's interesting but please forgive a little confusion on my part, you have the legend "Intercity IE Orange" pointing to both samples. Were both shades used on the later 'broken socket' logo IE locos? Or is UV and weathering the culprit. Noel

 

There are two distinct layers on the sample to the left...

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