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  1. I think they ran to Limerick at one point, possibly when first in service, I'm sure I've seen a flier with timings somewhere. I did also read a very short piece in a society publication about the GSR cars which said they later ran to Sligo(!?). I've never come across that anywhere else though, the same publication stated that the underframe of one survived on a vehicle in departmental use until ~1981.
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  3. They did offer an at-seat hostess service on the Mk3 sets but it was just known as 'Super-Standard' or 'First Class'. Until the CityGold service was introduced the seating was even 2+2, the difference was more full tables of 4. Previously similar was offered in 'Super-Standard' in Mk2D sets and select workings utilising mostly Cravens stock including the converted Cravens 'Super-Standards'. Wasn't so much the catering service as the seating comfort and amenities CityGold improved. I can't remember when they got rid of the restaurants, was it when the Mk4s replaced the Mk3s on
  4. I thought CityGold was introduced in 1993? When Mk3 standards 7104, 7133 and 7156 were converted to CityGold coaches. Nevertheless the catering offering was by all accounts excellent in this period, rather mirroring BR even to the point of decline going from the 2000s onwards and the loss of traditional restaurant cars.
  5. I thought the 071 were 2,475hp, the 201 and GB 66 - 3,200 and the GB 59 - 3,300hp albeit all gross outputs the engine traction power outputs being 2,250, 2,970 and 3,000hp respectively and the actual power at rail being less again. Strictly speaking the rated speeds for the two gearings on 66s are either 140km/h (87 mph)(but limited to 75mph) or 105km/h (65mph). For completeness the 071 is 89mph geared and the 201 is 165km/h (102.5mph) geared.
  6. Only 10 were not push-pull fitted which as DJ says was 201-205 and 210-214. Yes, exactly that. Of the remaining locos 9 are equipped to operate into Northern Ireland and that completes the three subclasses - Non push-pull Push-pull Push-pull + NIR train radio & AWS/TPWS fitted It adds interest certainly but I think I would've liked the whole fleet so turned out
  7. Personally I'd have liked more of the fleet to have been refurbished and/or reliveried. The image didn't really work having mixed IR/Galway sets
  8. That sounds right, and would make sense as well. Think it was 2004 it entered traffic I believe that was done to allow them cover for the refurbishment/maintenance of the Westport Mk3 set. Only 3 ever had LHB bogies, two had BT22s to start with. Once they were all so fitted, they were permitted 90mph hauled but still 70mph propelled. Important to note, only applies to 3 of the control cars. Two always had BT22s. My understanding of the diagrams was - One diagram - push/pull Mk3 no café-bar One diagram - push/pull Mk3 with
  9. I think it was much later, into the 201 era. I'm thinking at least not until the 2000s, could be wrong.
  10. I always associate the push-pulls in the early years with Connolly suburban services; I believe the more frequent Kildare service only started with the 2600s.
  11. After the Outer Suburbans became railcars the push-pull sets were redeployed on InterCity work, at least two sets gained tables as per standard Mk3s. This was much later in their life, from the early 2000s.
  12. It may have done, but I don't have any passenger timetables later than 1989 to check. I do know that of the two push-pull set Sunday Cork/Dublins which replaced the Arrows one had a trolley the other didn't. Really random calls too - one stopped at Limerick Junction only, the other at Portlaoise only iirc. Really bizarre choices.
  13. I love the moniker - "tubular pressure cookers"! No, but I distinctly recall one of the rolling stock books making specific mention of the relevant service's departure times so that readers could avoid it!
  14. The Executive set was whatever was required, it could be as few as EGV+4 or as long as a mainline set at EGV+7 or 8. The push-pulls were originally planned as three Control Car+2 sets and two Control Car+5 sets. However it varied over time and generally you had some loose spares and the four sets in service would be one Control Car+2 for the Limerick Jcn shuttle and three Control Car+5 on outer suburban duties. After the Lim Jcn shuttle became a railcar there were usually only 3 sets in traffic all on InterCity duties - two Control Car+5 on two of the Waterford diagrams (one with the Café
  15. Nice shot of the Mk3s there, is that your own photo?
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