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A rather interesting movement occurred this evening.

After the 1500 Connolly - Sligo was failed at Enfield, it was rescued by 29010 which was sent from Maynooth off the 1800 Connolly - Maynooth service. This is the first time a 29000 has rescued a failed 22000 since 2008, when a 29000 hauled a failed set back to Connolly from Mullingar.

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The August gallery has been updated with:

Saturday 7th August 2021:

With the Limerick Hurling team playing in Croke Park today, IE provided an 8ICR for a 1130 Limerick - Heuston Spl. and 2115 return. The special carried the Limerick team and fans travelling to the match. I went to Loughmore Castle near Templemore to photograph the Spl. and the 1100 Heuston - Cork.

Click https://bit.ly/3fCL7RS to view the images.




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Some weekend wanderings between Limerick, Cork and Kerry.

Friday 13th August 2021:
A visit to Cork City allowed a quick visit to the Station to view the 1215 to Midleton and 1225 to Heuston depart.

Sunday 15th August 2021:
While heading back to Tipperary from Kerry today, I stopped off at several locations between Killarney and Charleville.

Click https://bit.ly/3iQeIJq to view.

Also on the Friday evening, I stopped off at Barnagh to walk the new bit of the Limerick Greenway from the viewing point to the old railway station through the tunnel.

If you go back earlier in the collection you can see how the route looked in 2016 prior to being fully refurbished and the western end of the tunnel brought fully back into use.
Click https://bit.ly/3AICNbf to view.
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Evening folks,

A big bunch of images from the past week has just been uploaded to the website into two galleries.

August gallery:

Thursday 19th August 2021:
While travelling northwards on the N55, I got unexpectedly stopped at Ballymahon Level Crossing outside Edgeworthstown for the delayed 1710 Connoly - Sligo.

Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd August 2021:
While visiting Northern Ireland for the weekend, I got pictures from Castlerock, Downhill Beach, Bellarena, Portrush, Whitehead RPSI and Dundalk.

Monday 23rd August 2021:
The CCE division of Iarnrod Eireann have hired the RPSI Generating Steam Van 3173 to work with the Sperry Train on the next tour of the IE Network, as their own Departmental Van 3187 is not available for traffic. The unusual pairing is seen at Carn being hauled by 082 on the 1230 Inchicore - Portlaoise PWD Yard movement on the Monday afternoon.

Click https://bit.ly/3Dbm6Y9 to view them all.


Belturbet Heritage Railway Station:

In addition to my weekend trip to Northern Ireland, while on the way up I called into the Railway Museum at the former railway station in Belturbet. Click https://bit.ly/3De2Hpz to view these images.

Both galleries can also be accessed from the home page at www.thewandererphotos.com












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Customer trains today. A green tube class at Drogheda and other ones outside the EU.

Was in “Newry Train Station”. It’s on the exact site of Bessbrook RAILWAY station.

It has a strange notice about Winnie the Pooh, instead of the more traditional threats as to what might befall those who trespassed upon the line of railway, or didn’t adjust their dress when leaving the conveniences.

Strange, weird stuff. And not a goods train in sight.

I blame brexit.











Bottom one is Ballymena, with the NCC water tower behind it - this side of it was used to water BNCR (main line) / NCC trains, while the long disused and thoroughly overgrown far side of it was used by the narrow gauge Ballymena & Larne trains - Ireland’s only narrow gauge expresses.

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Evening folks,

The September gallery has gotten an update with:

Tuesday 28th September 2021:

A handful of photos from Thurles and Heuston while on a trip to Dublin for meetings.

Wednesday 29th September 2021:

A lunchtime jaunt to Cherryville Jct. to see the inaugural XPO Liner from Waterford to Ballina passing. Good to see the train fully loaded as DFDS have struggled on this route before.

Click https://bit.ly/3a3Mg1T to view.

After many months of delays the XPO liner between Waterford and Ballina finally started on Wednesday 29th September 2021. The service initally will operate once per week, departing Ballina on the Tuesday and Waterford on the Wednesday. It is planned to build up to twice weekly in due course. The first train, fully laden, was hauled by 072 and is seen at Cherryville Jct. heading for Kildare where the locomotive will run around before heading west to Ballina. Wed 29.09.21


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Evening folks,

The latest update to the October gallery has just been published at https://bit.ly/3pf2KNa

Wednesday 13th & Thursday 14th October 2021:
Images from Nenagh Station.

Sunday 17th October 2021:
While on the way home from Hodson Bay outside Athlone, I stopped off at the nearby Barry Beg to photo the 1550 Westport - Heuston passing.

Monday 18th October 2021:
I had to go to Dublin today so decided to support the local train service and get the train to/from Nenagh, instead of Thurles which offers far more choice, but is a 35 minute drive away. Pictures from the day come from:
* Nenagh
* Ballybrophy
* Heuston
* The Gullet (between Heuston and Inchicore) for 074 on the Balina to North Wall IWT Liner.
* Abbey Street.
* Loop Line Bridge over the River Liffey.
* Tara Street
* Pearse
* Grand Canal Dock.




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The October gallery has been updated with:

Wednesday 20th October 2021:
While on an evening walk, I was walking across the road bridge at Nenagh Station just in time to grab a photo of the 1655 Limerick - Ballybrophy arriving.

Sunday 24th October 2021:
While out and about in Dundrum, Co. Tipperary, I managed to photograph the 1400 Heuston - Mallow and 1548 Mallow - Heuston services, both of which were 201 + MKIV formations.

Click https://bit.ly/3vUFO7v to view.



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Evening all,

The November gallery has been updated with:

Saturday 6th November 2021:
A few camera phone images from Wexford Quay of the 1755 Rosslare Europort - Connolly passing through the town along the Quay section.

Friday 12th November 2021:
Having some business to attend to in Limerick, I decided to take the rail replacement bus from Nenagh on Friday morning, instead of driving. Finishing earlier than expected and with some time to kill before getting the Bus Eireann route 72 bus back to Nenagh at 1425, I decided to pop out to Ennis on the 1230 from Limerick to see the ongoing work at the station to reconstruct the platforms, which will take six months to complete. After getting home in the afternoon, a parcel was waiting for me, containing one of the superb Irish Railway Models A Class locomotives.

Click https://bit.ly/3Cau4iy to view.





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Hello "thewanderer",

As a newbi to the hobby, I have found your site to be wonderfully informative and educational - not only on the current, and recent past, state and operation of Irish railways, but also a broader consequential observation of Irish society - people, activity, infrastructure etc. Great work and images - well done.  

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