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Irish Rail Drivers Eye DVD

€12 each collected in Limerick or +€2 for P&P to Ireland. I will combine postage so if you buy more than one the postage is still €2. I can take payment via paypal



The Western Corridor

The catalyst for this Driver's eye view was the relaying and reopening of the Western Rail Corridor from Ennis to Galway in 2010, enabling passengers to travel all the way from Waterford in southern Ireland to Galway in the north west with two changes. We travel on these three trains in the drivers' cabs. All three are formed of 2-car 2700 DMUs.

Train 1 starts out from Waterford beneath the only elevated signal box still in use in Ireland. We then diverge onto the Limerick Junction branch which takes us over dozens of manually operated level crossings and through stations with traditional block semaphore signalling - a genuine time warp if ever there was one. At Limerick Junction we cross the Dublin to Cork main line on Ireland's only surviving flat crossing before changing ends and reversing into the station. We see inside the following signal boxes: Waterford Central (elevated) Waterford West, Carrick on Suir, Clonmel and Limerick Junction. Make sure you don't miss this train by the way, the next is in six hour's time!

Train 2 is the Limerick shuttle, taking us non-stop from Limerick Junction to Limerick City itself. Part of this route is controlled by the Central Traffic Control at Dublin and we take a look inside this as well as seeing Dromkeen manually operated level crossing.

Train 3 Our final 2-car 2700 begins at Limerick Colbert station and takes us over the route we have just traversed for just under a mile before beginning a large 180 degree turn towards Ennis. There we join the newly revived Western Corridor signalled from Athlone, the signal centre of which we also visit. At Athenry, we join the Dublin to Galway Intercity main line. Reversing in the platform, we now sprint non-stop to the West Coast terminus at speeds up to 70 miles an hour.

Our entire trip from Waterford to Galway is followed by a helicopter, showing us the train and the terrain. Such attractive rural scenery shouldn't be missed, so, unusually, this Driver's eye view runs for over 2½ hours - 'though still at the standard price!

Bonus footage: Barrow Bridge, the longest railway bridge in Ireland, filmed during the last months of operation but since closed.




Dublin to Sligo


2004 was the penulitmate year of loco haulage on the Intercity route from Dublin to Sligo before route modernisation and the inauguration of DMU traction. Bearing this in mind and the popularity of the Rosslare DEV produced the previous year, Irish Rail invited Video 125 back to record this classic line before the changes took place.

Our train of Mk 2 coaches - hauled by class 071 locomotive number 088, starts its journey in one of the terminal platforms at Dublin’s Connolly Station. The line follows the course of the Royal Canal most of the way to Mullingar – the railway having actually purchased the canal before building the line. After leaving the western suburbs of the capital, the line is controlled by time-honoured electric key token block sections and semaphore signalling. Many level crossing gates were still opened and shut by hand. As well as seeing this scenic line from the driver’s cab, there are the usual trackside shots, shots of the drivers at work, shots of the signalmen at work and aerial shots taken from a helicopter accompanying our train all the way to the west coast town of Sligo.


Filmed in 2004.




Dublin to Cork


Intercity diesel loco-hauled expresses are still alive and well in Ireland. Now you can see Ireland's primary route from one such locomotive, a General Motors’ class 201 heading the 10.00 Heuston to Cork. The train is scheduled to cover the 165 miles between the Capital and Ireland’s second city in 2 hours 50 minutes, running at speeds of up to 100 miles an hour and calling at just three intermediate stations en route, Thurles being the first, a distance of 86 miles. At the rear of our train is a streamlined driving trailer - literally the sharp end of investment in new Intercity rolling stock. Ireland’s premier line was built by the Great Southern and Western Railway in stages from 1846 and is of double track throughout. Multiple cameras follow the progress of our train from within the cab, the trackside, stations and even the CTC Central Traffic Control centre at Connolly. Dubliner and TV personality Henry Kelly delivers the historical and contemporary narration.


Filmed in 2007



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