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071 and 073 pull the IRRS railtour to Cork

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Evening all,


Yesterday I spent the best place to be if you are interested in Irish Railways, onboard the excellent Irish Railway Records Society railtour to Cork, Cobh & Midleton. Locos used during the day were 071+073 and these were split at Cork to allow the Cobh and Midleton lines to be visited by a traditional train as no run round loops exist at these locations.


Photos from the day are now online at



The Wanderer.


P.S. "Big Locos" i.e. 071 and 201 Class have only in the last few years been permitted by the Chief Civil Engineer to operate double headed without restriction over the Dublin - Cork and Dublin - Border Lines. This was the first planned use of a double headed 071. Sadly as the Multiple Working equipment on the 071's has never been used, the tempation to put a 27 pin jumper between the locos had to be resisted!

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