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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,037 ✭✭✭The_Wanderer


    The April gallery starts off with pictures from Ballybrophy, Portlaoise and Heuston.

    Click https://thewandererphotos.smugmug.com/2024-Photos/April-2024



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,037 ✭✭✭The_Wanderer


    Evening all,

    Latest update from yesterday with an afternoon spent between Thurles and Templemore photographing Dublin - Cork and Limerick trains.

    Click https://thewandererphotos.smugmug.com/2024-Photos/April-2024/i-326VK8Z



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,037 ✭✭✭The_Wanderer


    Good morning all,

    Pictures from last Sunday and Monday have just been uploaded to the April gallery.

    Sunday 14th April 2024:
    A Sunday evening "chase" on the Nenagh Branch between Birdhill and Cloughjordan photographing the 1735 Limerick - Ballybrophy.

    Monday 15th April 2024:
    Iarnrod Eireann have started to move the Tara Wagons from Dublin's North Wall yard, where they had been stored since Tara Mines halted production in Summer 2023, down to Limerick for further storage. The first movement of 11 wagons occurred on Monday 15th April when 075 brought them towards Limerick as a 0937 North Wall - Limerick transfer. Unfortunately the service ran into difficulty after Portarlington and was eventually terminated in Ballybrophy to await a visit from Limerick Maintenance Depot due to a wagon defect. The train remained in Ballybrophy overnight.

    Click https://thewandererphotos.smugmug.com/2024-Photos/April-2024/i-Jb4wKMd to view.



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,037 ✭✭✭The_Wanderer


    An bit of an update to last Monday's posting with new photos in the April gallery containing.

    Tuesday 16th April 2024:
    Photos today come from Thurles, Dublin Heuston & Blackhorse on the LUAS.

    Wednesday 17th April 2024:
    The Tara Mines transfer which was terminated at Ballybrophy on Monday was eventually moved to Limerick on Wednesday afternoon after repairs had been carried out at Ballybrophy to a wagon defect. The train was pictured at Killonan Jct.

    Click https://thewandererphotos.smugmug.com/2024-Photos/April-2024/i-cn4z6P3 to view.



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,037 ✭✭✭The_Wanderer


    Saturday 20th April 2024:

    The first train since the 18th March rolls though Ballycar with the 1725 Ennis - Limerick at 1737 earlier this evening with 22001 in charge.

    Great to see this important regional route reopened to our customers once again after the enforced closure.

    The train later returned as the 1815 Limerick - Galway which I caught near Cratloe.

    Click https://thewandererphotos.smugmug.com/2024-Photos/April-2024/i-2Bb4zb2 to view all the images.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,037 ✭✭✭The_Wanderer


    In a further update from the weekend just gone, earlier on the Saturday I paid a visit to the Limerick - Foynes Railway which is currently being rebuilt for freight traffic. 

    In my latest update (no. 7) we see a selection of photos from various locations between Foynes and Adare showing recent progress on the rebuilding of the railway. Work is well advanced at the Foynes end of the railway (excluding the railway station itself) with the trackbed for several miles now ready to have track laid on it, the further you go towards Limerick the work is less advanced.

    All the photos can be viewed at 

    https://thewandererphotos.smugmug.com/Officialevents/2024/Foynes-Line-Reconstruction-/i-fh7FVB4

    To see all the photos in the collection (starting in November 2022) click https://thewandererphotos.smugmug.com/Officialevents/2024/Foynes-Line-Reconstruction-/i-J27B2SK






  • Registered Users Posts: 2,037 ✭✭✭The_Wanderer


    It's back to the 1990's for Iarnrod Eireann as they have repainted 2600 Class, No. 2601+2602 back into a modified version of the ARROW livery they originally carried from 1994 to the early 2000's to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the class. The work was completed to an outstanding quality in house at the paint spray facility in Inchicore Works and the team poses in front of the completed set on Wednesday 25th April for official photos to be taken before the set returns to service in Cork working the commuter services to Cobh, Midleton and Mallow.

    An IR£19.5 million order was placed in 1992 with Mitsui, who subcontracted the order to Tokyu Car Corporation of Yokohama, Japan. This was quite groundbreaking on a number of fronts; not only was it the first Irish order placed with an Asian firm, but they were also the first railway vehicles built in Asia for the European market and the vehicles are still held in high regard by their manufacture 30 years later.

    The Irish Railway Record Society are arranging a 30th anniversary railtour over the weekend of the 18th & 19th May and it is expected that 2601 + 2602 will work the tour throughout. See https://irrstimesarrow.eventbrite.ie for more information and booking.

    For photos of the launch click https://thewandererphotos.smugmug.com/Officialevents/2024/ARROW-30-years-1994-2024/



  • Registered Users Posts: 499 ✭✭supereurope


    The beginning of IE's railcar revolution, and the beginning of the end of loco-hauled services. Interesting that 2601 is wearing the 1987 IR logo and 2602 has the mid-90's "plug" logo. I imagine the Arrows only wore the 1987 logo for a very short time?



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,392 ✭✭✭Citizen  Six


    I think they were delivered with the 1987 logo, and repainted almost straight away.



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,037 ✭✭✭The_Wanderer


    Delivered with the 1987 logo and got the new 1994 logo prior to entering service.

    The logo is a transfer, it does not need repainting!

    In the design brief for the retro proposal, it was specified that each end should carry a IR logo and IE logo to represent the fact they had two different logos in such a short space of time.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,037 ✭✭✭The_Wanderer


    Friday 26th April 2024:
    2602 + 2601 returned to their home depot of Limerick on Friday 26th April for further attention before a return to service in the Cork area. The retro-liveried pair were photographed at Kishyquirk outside Killonan Jct. Later in the day we see the new footbridge at Banteer and the 1705 Tralee - Cork passing Rathcoole.

    Click https://thewandererphotos.smugmug.com/2024-Photos/April-2024/i-v4MjrVr



  • Registered Users Posts: 10,692 ✭✭✭✭Jamie2k9


    The set looks fantastic once you ignore that small discrepancy!



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,037 ✭✭✭The_Wanderer


    Afternoon all,

    Two updates to the website on this Bank Holiday Monday.

    First up is the latest progress on the Limerick to Foynes line rebuild with the first track now laid at Glenbane between Askeaton and Foynes. Also we have a photographic update from between Adare and Limerick where rebuilding work is less advanced. Click https://thewandererphotos.smugmug.com/Officialevents/2024/Foynes-Line-Reconstruction-/i-fXgv7qr to view all.

    The 2nd update is photos from the Limerick Jct. area including aerial views of the Limerick Jct. direct curve.
    Click https://thewandererphotos.smugmug.com/2024-Photos/May-2024 to view.

    All the photos can also be viewed from the home page at https://thewandererphotos.smugmug.com/

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,037 ✭✭✭The_Wanderer


    Tuesday 14th May 2024:
    An early start to head into Limerick this morning to photograph the retro-ARROW 2601 + 2602 which was working a single trip to Limerick Jct. as part of an in-service trial following its return to service after repainting, and the completion of modifications including CCTV fitment and seating reupholster.

    The set is planned to be used on the Irish Railway Record Society Railtour on 18th / 19th May from Cork to Dundalk.

    Click https://thewandererphotos.smugmug.com/2024-Photos/May-2024/i-mFLJSPD to view all the images from Limerick and Limerick Jct.



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,392 ✭✭✭Citizen  Six


    Can I use my leap card to hop on in Howth on Saturday at 16.40, just as far as Connolly?



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,037 ✭✭✭The_Wanderer


    No, this is a private charter and Irish Rail issued tickets, including LEAP are not valid. If you want to travel please approach one of the IRRS stewards at Howth and we will discuss issuing a part fare ticket on the day for you to travel on the trip. If you need any further details please drop me a PM.



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,037 ✭✭✭The_Wanderer


    Wednesday 15th May 2024:
    While the in-service trial of the retro-ARROW livered 2601 + 2602 was a success yesterday, Limerick Depot decided to give the pair another spin today, before it is sent to Cork for its big weekend railtour adventure to Dundalk. It worked the 0645 Limerick - Ballybrophy & 0900 return with sister unit 2615 + 2606 paired up with it as far as Nenagh, where it split to work the 0747 back to Limerick. I got photos of it at various locations between Nenagh and Ballybrophy and also met a handful of other enthusiasts who either were out to photo it or travel on it.

    The class will celebrate their 30th anniversary tomorrow (16th May) and expect to see some content on the Irish Rail socials about the launch of the Dublin - Kildare ARROW service which the class were built for.

    Click https://thewandererphotos.smugmug.com/2024-Photos/May-2024/i-Zw4j24R to view all the images.



  • Registered Users Posts: 894 ✭✭✭alentejo


    I must sat those 260X rail cars look in great condition!



  • Registered Users Posts: 311 ✭✭angelIRL


    Morning all,

    a few uploads over the last couple of days: https://www.flickr.com/photos/finnyus/

    F



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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,037 ✭✭✭The_Wanderer


    Pictures from the Irish Railway Record Society's "Time's Arrow" railtour on the 18th/19th May when we brought a 2600 Class, celebrating their 30th anniversary in service and repainted into its original livery, from their current base in Cork back to their old haunts in Dublin when we visited Hazelhatch, Grand Canal Dock, Dundalk, Howth, Maynooth and the first visit of the class to the M3 Parkway Branch. After an overnight in Dublin, the tour returned to Cork on Sunday with a non-stop run from Heuston to Cobh, completing the 176 1/2 miles in 2 hours, 55 minutes and 49 seconds. We were delighted to welcome onboard, representatives from the IE senior management team and the vehicle builders Mitsui & JTREC who travelled on the railtour from Heuston to Dundalk and back to Dublin.

    All the pictures from the weekend are available to view at https://thewandererphotos.smugmug.com/RailtoursPreservedRailways/2024/IRRS-Times-Arrow-Railtour-Saturday-18th-Sunday-19th-May-2024/i-cd6X2fJ



  • Registered Users Posts: 39,758 ✭✭✭✭Itssoeasy


    Saw 2601-2602 in person today at little island train station, and they looked unreal and I got such a nostalgia rush seeing the orange livery again. Btw I hadn’t been back to little Island in a couple of months, and they had the work on the new footbridge and the station nearly done, but I have to say the finished job looks very nice. 👌

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  • Registered Users Posts: 39,758 ✭✭✭✭Itssoeasy


    excuse the very quickly taken picture trying to not get people on the platform in view.



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,037 ✭✭✭The_Wanderer


    I like!

    I'm in Cork in the middle of June ferrying a family member to a hospital appointment. Must get down to the station to take a spin on it in its natural environment!



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,037 ✭✭✭The_Wanderer


    [b]Emergency Exercise at Nenagh[/b]

    On Tuesday 28th May 2024 an emergency exercise was held at Nenagh Station with fire brigade personnel from across the country visiting the station for a briefing with IE staff.

    Once the briefing was completed, the fire brigade carried an exercise with the scenario being the train hit a landslide with multiple casualties onboard.

    It was certainly an interesting exercise to observe and highlights the close co-operation between the railway company and the emergency services for when real life incidents emergency incidents unfortunately occur on IE infrastructure.

    To view all the images take a look at https://thewandererphotos.smugmug.com/Officialevents/2024/Emergency-Exercise-at-Nenagh/i-QL4Vjhk



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,037 ✭✭✭The_Wanderer


    The May gallery has been updated with a bunch of images from the latter half of the month.

    Friday 17th May 2024:
    Pictures from around Cork while preparing 2601 + 2602 for the Time's Arrow railtour.

    Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th May 2024:
    Pictures from Cork, Mallow, Dundalk & Connolly during the IRRS Time's Arrow railtour, pictures of this railtour can be viewed in the railtour and preserved railway section.

    Monday 20th May 2024:
    After the excitement of the retro-ARROW liveried 2601 + 2602, on Monday attention turned to another somewhat forgotten DMU vehicle, bubble car 2751 which was moved out of storage in Cork and returned to Limerick for exams to take place for its return to service as a internal services vehicle at Laois Depot (i.e. a depot shunter). The set was hauled from Cork by 2605 + 2616 with 2751 in rear and the movement was captured at Kishyquirk outside Killonan. Pictures later in the day come from Limerick showing the vehicle stabled and also the evening Nenagh Branch train at Castleconnell and at the M7 bridge at Ballinteenoe.

    Wednesday 22nd May 2024:
    The retro-ARROW 2601 + 2602 unexpectedly escaped to the Tralee line after 22026 was failed at Cork after arriving with the 0545 from Tralee. The celebrity 2600's worked the 0900 Cork - Tralee, 1105 & 1505 Tralee - Mallow, 1325 Mallow - Tralee and is seen at Killarney with the 1105 Tralee - Mallow working.

    Sunday 26th May 2024:
    Just two pictures from Thurles of the 1525 Cork - Heuston.

    Wednesday 29th May 2024:
    Pictures from Portlaoise and Thurles, the highlight being a 1700 Mallow - Portlaoise loco transfer. Right place right time.

    Click https://thewandererphotos.smugmug.com/2024-Photos/May-2024/i-CFHP7Tx
    to view all the pictures.



  • Registered Users Posts: 3,618 ✭✭✭Beta Ray Bill


    Went to the railway yard in Neumünster on the weekend. They have fascinating machines and you can get up real close to have a look.

    The V200 Series has a hydraulic transmission system. This went on to influence SP into testing the ML4000C'C' locos in the US.

    This is a 218 class awaiting restoration. they are unremarkable (around 400 built) and I think DB went mostly electric for nearly everything as these were in service.

    042 217-7 needs around €1,200,000 to get her operational again.



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,037 ✭✭✭The_Wanderer


    Railtours Ireland First Class are operating the first of their 2024 weeklong exclusive and private charters from Monday 3rd June 2024. Starting in Dublin Connolly the charter will visit Waterford, Killarney, Cork, Cobh, Galway, Westport and Belfast before finishing the following Monday at Dublin Connolly.

    I was invited to travel on the first day of the tour from Dublin to see the set up of the train and the catering provision onboard. During the break in Waterford guests were taken on a tour of the city to the Waterford Crystal visitor centre. Once that was completed the train departed Waterford and headed to Killarney where the guests would spend the next three nights. I had to leave the train at Mallow to head back north to Thurles.

    To see all the pictures click https://thewandererphotos.smugmug.com/RailtoursPreservedRailways/2024/Railtours-Ireland-First-Class-the-Emerald-Pullman



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,037 ✭✭✭The_Wanderer


    The June Gallery has been updated with 90 photos from the past week.

    Monday 3rd June 2024:
    Pictures from Thurles, Dublin, Carlow, Muine Bheag, Waterford and Mallow while on the Railtours Ireland charter. Highlights being views of the new station under construciton at Waterford.

    Tuesday 4th June 2024:
    Pictures from Thurles and Portlaoise.

    Wednesday 5th June 2024:
    Pictures from Ballybrophy, Portlaoise and Laois Depot. Highlights being 079 transferring 3 new B2 cars from Inchicore to Laois Depot.

    Thursday 6th June 2024:
    Pictures from Kilmustulla of the evening branch train on the Nenagh branch plus views of the former shale loading terminal.

    Click

    https://thewandererphotos.smugmug.com/2024-Photos/June-2024 to view all the images.

    Plus a new page on the website featuring the numbering sequence of the multiple unit fleet. Iarnrod Eireann multiple units do not carry a painted set number unlike UK or Northern Ireland practice, but they are actually allocated a set number which is used internally. For more information take a look at

    https://thewandererphotos.smugmug.com/IE-MU-Set-Numbers



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  • Registered Users Posts: 311 ✭✭angelIRL




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