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08-03-2019, 06:21   #1
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How do i bring a bike onto a train?

Okay so I've booked my ticket and selected to put a bike on the train.
My local station is unmanned and usually the train only stops for a minute or so.



Where do I bring the bike? Can I store it in any carriage?
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08-03-2019, 06:27   #2
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There will be two bike spaces at the back of one of the carraiges

I dont remember which carriage this is but there should be bicycle stickers on the door to help you identify

When stopped the ticket checker should step onto the platform. Well that if there is someone like this, there isn’t always. He will point it out
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There will be two bike spaces at the back of one of the carraiges

I dont remember which carriage this is but there should be bicycle stickers on the door to help you identify

When stopped the ticket checker should step onto the platform. Well that if there is someone like this, there isn’t always. He will point it out

This is what I'm worried about tbh. Usually there's no ticket inspector, they (the machine) just checks the ticket when I get to heuston. And often the cars are labelled all wrong or mixed up. I'll keep an eye out for the sticker though. Wasnt aware of that thanks.

Pain in the hole tbh. Might just wait where the driver stops and ask them.
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Okay so I've booked my ticket and selected to put a bike on the train.
My local station is unmanned and usually the train only stops for a minute or so.


Where do I bring the bike? Can I store it in any carriage?
Like Mikemac2 said there are only 2 designated bike spaces in one of the carriages (unless you 're taking the Cork or Belfast train). On the train I get most often it's Carriage A, but you could try asking Irish Rail on twitter which one it is for your route. As far as I remember it's the same carriage that has the wheelchair space.

Is your station near the start of the route or half-way to the final destination? It's not unknown to have a booking but still find the spaces occupied by someone who didn't book a bike or booked and then took a different train, so good luck! Have to do the same thing myself soon, taking 2 trains!
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It's very hit or miss if you'll get the space for your bike. It is very likely that the racks will be full. Either full with bikes or full with baggage.

Don't expect Irish Rail staff to be any help either. There'll probably be no one on the train to assist.
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You could stand at the end of the platform where the top of the train stops. The driver usually peeks out the window before taking off and I'm sure he'd tell you which carriage to go to
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It's very hit or miss if you'll get the space for your bike. It is very likely that the racks will be full. Either full with bikes or full with baggage.

Don't expect Irish Rail staff to be any help either. There'll probably be no one on the train to assist.
The luggage thing drives me nuts as it's so easy to fix! Irish Rail does NOTHING at booking stage to tell intending passengers that Carriage X has NO LUGGAGE RACK. Most trains seem to have 4 or 8 carriages so people with suitcases or big rucksacks have a choice of the other 3 or 8 but if they have booked a seat in carriage X unknowingly, naturally they'll put their luggage near where they are sitting.

Then a big printed notice could be put at the bike storage "This space is reserved for bicycles!" How hard would that be?
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Turn up without a bike booking: Sometimes refused boarding

Turn up with one: find the rack full with unbooked bikes.


IR + Bikes is unfortunately a recipe for a bad time.
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The door for the bike areas and the wheelchair areas are meant to be blue with the other doors green now - but I don't think that's universally applied.
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Bike picture on doors.

Which service are you traveling on and it might be easier to tell. The driver will wait once he sees you on platform.
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Turn up without a bike booking: Sometimes refused boarding

Turn up with one: find the rack full with unbooked bikes.


IR + Bikes is unfortunately a recipe for a bad time.
Because this is Ireland and not Germany
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Then a big printed notice could be put at the bike storage "This space is reserved for bicycles!" How hard would that be?
People will just ignore a sign and put bags there anyway.
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Bike picture on doors.

Which service are you traveling on and it might be easier to tell. The driver will wait once he sees you on platform.

Waterford line. Then changing to galway bound in dublin.
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People will just ignore a sign and put bags there anyway.


That much I don't mind. I'll move their bags no problem.
I just don't want to get on the wrong carriage and be stuck with a big bike and nowhere to put it.
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The door for the bike areas and the wheelchair areas are meant to be blue with the other doors green now - but I don't think that's universally applied.
New livery that's being pushed out as the sets get refurbished. 2 proper sets refurbished complete with USB power ports.
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