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Nice to see photos of the E401s used to look out for them shuttling around Heuston from the upper deck of the 23 Bus as a teenager on the weekly Saturday morning trip in to town to check out Southern Sothern Model Railways, Terry's Toy Shop in Georges or Henry Street, a record in Dolphin Discs and more trains in Monck Place no similar delights n the way home on the 22 or 50.


Introduced in silver the E401s were basically Southern locos working on ex-GSWR lines in the Dublin area, Cork & Tralee. There I a photo of a silver on somewhere shunting Fenit Pier, one was also tried on the Courtmacsharry line that twig off the Clonakilty branch of the West Cork.




In addition to shunting and banking E401s were used to work the heavy Heuston-North Wall transfer freights. These trains required banking in each direction to the summit at Cabra. Loads were reduced and B101s took over after a number of run-aways when an E Class did not have enough brake power to control a loose coupled train on the grade from Cabra to Islandbridge Junction.


In later years some of the E401s lost the exhaust silencer housing on top of the bonnet, the build up of oil in the silencer tended to catch fire when the loco was worked hard.

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