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In 1996 IÉ decided that, for publicity reasons, it would be advantageous for it to charter a steam locomotive to haul one of its Derby Day race specials to the Curragh. Thus on 30 June RPSI No. 171 'Slieve Gullion' hauled a six-piece MkIId set (EGV + 5) filled with race-goers from Dublin Heuston to Curragh (Mainline) platform, where the passengers disembarked. The train continued empty to Kildare where it stabled. 171 ran light engine to Inchicore for turning and then back to Kildare in preparation for the return race special. The train is seen here passing Sallins & Naas station at speed.

Curragh Steam Special.jpg

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