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End of the DFDS liners?

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Heard on the grapevine this morning that the Ballina-Waterford DFDS liners will cease at the end of June.

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It's kind of being going that way for a while. Almost never see a fully loaded CPW train. Will that mean the DFDS service moving back to Dublin Port competing with the IWT, can't see that happening myself.

The way IE is going they may well disconnect Waterford Yard by lifting the line at Waterford station if the DFDS flow ends.

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Did the trains run from Ballina to Kildare and then down to Waterford?

 

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7 minutes ago, Noel said:

Did the trains run from Ballina to Kildare and then down to Waterford?

Yes the DFDS and Timber trains run around in Kildare.

 

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Without getting into politics, has the new man at IE, Jim Meade, given any indications or opinions relating to rail freight and its long term viability? 

If The Port of Waterford becomes disconnected from the network, it doesn't bode well for any future Foynes development.

What ever happened to the biomass power plant that was being built on the Asahi site outside Ballina? That was going to generate a fright flow at one stage.

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A quick update on this...

It looks like the liners will be finishing up earlier than expected - possibly as soon as next Monday/Tuesday. 

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Wow, that escalated quickly. Looks like half the CPW fleet will be going back into storage along with the rest at Limerick. 

There's going to be a big loco surplus now with almost all the 071s finished overhaul and the 201s along with 225 making a come back this year.

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Was there any reason the CPWs were used on the Waterford route in particular?  Will be sad to see them go if the rumours are true!

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5 hours ago, StevieB said:

I assume Jim Meade is David Franks’ successor as CEO of IE. Where’s he from?

Stephen

Internal promotion. Jim has worked up through the ranks and has been acting CEO for a while I believe. 

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9 minutes ago, 201bhoy said:

Was there any reason the CPWs were used on the Waterford route in particular?  Will be sad to see them go if the rumours are true!

 

Think there were clearance issues on the line with 9'6 high cube containers placed on standard LP or LX flats so they use the CPWs.

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