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4 hours ago, Rob said:

http://www.rte.ie/news/munster/2021/0929/1249615-freight-railway/

 

Good to see-  wondering are there any decent photos of the debut today?

Yes good to anything that gets NoX spewing diesel HGVs off our roads and motorways. Wonder if their future strategic plans might include Waterford - Rosslare port container traffic and get UK land bridge containers to dublin region from rosslare via waterford (Over barrow bridge)? 

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8 hours ago, Rob said:

http://www.rte.ie/news/munster/2021/0929/1249615-freight-railway/

 

Good to see-  wondering are there any decent photos of the debut today?

Here you go Rob….

I was in Ballina freight yard to see the XPO liner arrive from Waterford and got took these photos before the rain started. 
It’s great to see another container freight flow alongside the existing IWT liner. 
 

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Yeah great to see it. Hopefully much more to come.

I wonder might we even see intermodal trailers being brought down to Rosslare as thanks to Brexit a lot more trailers are going unaccompanied anyway. Why not send them unaccompanied from a railhead instead of driving them down from the four provinces to the south east tip of the country.

Now that would be a fine sight.

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5 hours ago, ttc0169 said:

Here you go Rob….

I was in Ballina freight yard to see the XPO liner arrive from Waterford and got took these photos before the rain started. 
It’s great to see another container freight flow alongside the existing IWT liner. 
 

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Great shots-  good to capture the debut!

Nice to see the old reliable DANA tankers too at the start.

Thanks for the pics-  hope to see more in the future!!

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On 1/10/2021 at 3:59 AM, Galteemore said:

Interesting article here…https://m.independent.ie/regionals/sligochampion/news/freight-is-on-right-track-40488826.html, particularly in its account of what IE freight was like in the past.

Very well written an informative article about the "Indian Summer" of Sligo Line freight operations during the 1990s when for a short time IE was pro-actively pursuing new traffic including re-laying and re-opening the Sligo Quay traffic for Cold Con traffic, timber, grain, and less than train load such as Molasses and Cold Chon Bitumen.

There may be some truth in Tim Mulcahy's claims that railfreight was run-down to improve the return to the Exchequer (and Toll Road companies) for major road improvements and motorway construction that took place after 2000. The road transport industry is a huge source of revenue drivers income tax, vehicle registration and licensing fees and excise duty on fuel while the railways were seen as a drain running on green diesel and requiring a subsidy. Tim Mulcahy's comment about doing a lot of freight work as a 'less senior driver" was the root of the problem that lead to the ILDA dispute. Because of the seniority system a senior driver basically had to die or retire in order for a driver to progress from a freight to a passenger link, many of the less senior drivers who worked Liner Trains were almost continuously rostered on night work with little opportunity for shift rotation which can lead to physical and mental health problems. Unfortunately like the UK Miners Strike the ILDA dispute was ill timed and played into the hand of a government that had little confidence in CIE or IE management.

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On 30/9/2021 at 9:45 AM, murphaph said:

Yeah great to see it. Hopefully much more to come.

I wonder might we even see intermodal trailers being brought down to Rosslare as thanks to Brexit a lot more trailers are going unaccompanied anyway. Why not send them unaccompanied from a railhead instead of driving them down from the four provinces to the south east tip of the country.

Now that would be a fine sight.

Hi  there is nothing new in this, the old Irish railway companies where sending stuff like this before most of us where born (I think) good to see some common sense coming out of all of this at last, maybe some one should say something to the guys who run Network rail here in the UK. 

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