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RPSI Diesel trip Midleton-Connolly Fri 7th November

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Friday 7th November

 

The Blue Train

 

"A private charter will see the Society's Cravens and an 071 diesel locomotive operate to Midleton from Dublin Connolly. As the passengers will not be returning on this train, we are able to offer the diesel-hauled one-way return leg to the railway enthusiast fraternity.

 

The bar and buffet will be available. NIR's 112 has been requested (no guarantee) for a blue train out of Cork.

 

Arr

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Midleton

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15:00

Cork 15:23 15:47

Dublin Connolly 18:51

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Fare: €25 (Pay on the train)"

 

Probably the first time a NIR 111 has been to Midleton (all going well)

 

All profits from the trip go straight back into keeping classic loco hauled trains on the mainline

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Beautiful shot!! Absolutely beautiful! Those blue/cream cravens look fantastic I have to say!

Imagining a full rake behind Merlin

 

:drool:

 

Cheers. Was a bit gutted that 8113 didnt turn up but at least an Enterprise loco is something different. Sticking up a few other pics I got on my local patch this morning too on my Flickr. 233 looked well.

 

<a href=https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7526/15545803209_1ea74b59b8_b.jpg' alt='15545803209_1ea74b59b8_b.jpg'>233 RPSI Special at Clondalkin/Fonthill by franburke, on Flickr[/img]

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Cheers. Was a bit gutted that 8113 didnt turn up but at least an Enterprise loco is something different. Sticking up a few other pics I got on my local patch this morning too on my Flickr. 233 looked well.

 

<a href=https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7526/15545803209_1ea74b59b8_b.jpg' alt='15545803209_1ea74b59b8_b.jpg'>233 RPSI Special at Clondalkin/Fonthill by franburke, on Flickr[/img]

 

beautiful shots Fran - 233 looks quite at home there!

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A very enjoyable day out was had, notwithstanding the failure of 8113 in Connolly.

 

8113 did put in an appearance in Connolly, shunting the train into Platform 1 at approximately 08:50.

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After 8113 was failed at Connolly, ‘Enterprise’ liveried loco 233 worked the train to Midleton and back from Cork to Connolly. The train is seen here arriving in Midleton just after a heavy shower.

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Once all passengers and RPSI crew had disembarked, the train drew forward into the engineer’s siding to allow the following scheduled service (14:15 ex-Cork) arrive into Platform 2.

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217 was rostered to work the train back to Cork and arrived into Midleton having crossed the 14:45 Midleton-Cork railcar service in Carrigtwohill.

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233 followed the train light engine from Midleton to Cork where it is seen emerging from the tunnel as it backed down onto the train in preparation for the run back to Dublin.

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After a spirited run up the main line the train is seen after arrival at Connolly station. As craven1508 says the beer was great as were the sausage sambos! Well done to all.

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