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11-01-2019, 14:50   #31
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A northern extension of the WRC mentioned today in the Times

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/irel...ages-1.3753805

firmly tongue in cheek one hopes given the scale of work required just to bring the current intercity network to some standard considered acceptable in the remoter parts of Eastern Europe.
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Not being bad here but this thread is 15 Years old! Mightve been better starting new one....
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Though perhaps apposite given the "won't be long now" tagline in the title...
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A northern extension of the WRC mentioned today in the Times

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/irel...ages-1.3753805

firmly tongue in cheek one hopes given the scale of work required just to bring the current intercity network to some standard considered acceptable in the remoter parts of Eastern Europe.
Galway line needs to be double tracked ASAP It’s actually beyond a joke.
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Galway line needs to be double tracked ASAP It’s actually beyond a joke.
Sure don’t some of the cyclists want to hobble the Galway line by wanting a cycle path in parallel with the existing single line?
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Galway line needs to be double tracked ASAP It’s actually beyond a joke.
The Athlone/Mullingar line needs to be reopened.
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The Athlone/Mullingar line needs to be reopened.
Isn't it turned into a greenway?, ensuring it will never again revert to Railway status, the Lycra Nazis and tourist ripoff industry ensuring another piece of critical infrastructure is destroyed.
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Sure don’t some of the cyclists want to hobble the Galway line by wanting a cycle path in parallel with the existing single line?
I don't think so - it was suggested as a route for the Galway-Athlone greenway, most cyclists would rather not cycle beside an operational railway.
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I would like to nominate antoinolachtnai for the most stupid post in the history of this board and suggest that he send his CV to Irish Rail, he would make the perfect operations manager.
How is it stupid, or are you so obsessed with your own railway line that you'd happily promote a rambling mainly useless branch line, wandering through underpopulated countryside to the detriment of the rest of the network?
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Galway line needs to be double tracked ASAP It’s actually beyond a joke.
Double tracked AND electrified.
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The whole MGWR route to Galway was originally built double track so the section from Athlone Midland station to Galway should be doubled with relative ease. The trickier part is the section from Portarlington to Athlone, which was built as single track albeit with passing places. Perhaps extending the passing loops where practical would make a big difference. As to electrification - there should not be a debate on whether or not to do this. It really should be a matter of when.

To really make a difference, albeit at significant cost, would the mothballed Mullingar to Athlone section be worth reinstating? It is a shorter route direct to Dublin. There is provision for double track however the greenway would need to be rerouted. Also as there is quite a bottleneck coming into Connolly is it worth considering building a spur from Maynooth or Leixlip to Hazlehatch to reconnect with the mainline into Heuston as was suggested here some years back?
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The whole MGWR route to Galway was originally built double track so the section from Athlone Midland station to Galway should be doubled with relative ease. The trickier part is the section from Portarlington to Athlone, which was built as single track albeit with passing places. Perhaps extending the passing loops where practical would make a big difference. As to electrification - there should not be a debate on whether or not to do this. It really should be a matter of when.

To really make a difference, albeit at significant cost, would the mothballed Mullingar to Athlone section be worth reinstating? It is a shorter route direct to Dublin. There is provision for double track however the greenway would need to be rerouted. Also as there is quite a bottleneck coming into Connolly is it worth considering building a spur from Maynooth or Leixlip to Hazlehatch to reconnect with the mainline into Heuston as was suggested here some years back?
1. Athlone Midland to Galway is a section - from memory of 86 Kilometers. Doubling and Electrifying that - your not going to get much change from 300 Million Euro.

2. Portarlington to Athlone - doubling that oddly enough will be relatively easy because the countryside is flat, flat and bland. Its pure boring open country.

3. Rebuilding Mullingar to Athlone. I'm afraid that horse has bolted, although its not a bad idea as a single track relief line. But despite it being shorter, its a twisty alignment along the Canal. The stretch from Athlone to Heuston is a racetrack by comparison with 160kph capability, and in time, in the future, 200kph from Portarlington to Heuston.
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Mullingar-Maynooth would need doubling even if traffic levels that could be carried by a single track Mullingar-Athlone were added to it. And as said above its a very poor alignment, electric trains will be able to take it slightly harder but not at the speeds of the Portarlington route.
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The key here is to get to Galway quicker than by car. Getting the line electrified would be a major step but even using hybrid trains would be a positive step.
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