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Old April 24th, 2009, 01:38 PM   #1
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IRELAND | Railways



Irish railways are state-owned, and mostly radiate out from the capital, Dublin. In 1920, there was 5,500kms of open track. Now there is less than 2,000kms, although work is underway in re-opening the Western Corridor Route. Iarnróid Éireann (the national rail company) is in the process of updating stock, and a lot of the images here are of engines and carriages soon to be retired.

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1,600 mm (5 ft 3 in) broad gauge: 1,947 km (1,210 mi) (1998); 38 km (24 mi) electrified; 485 km (301 mi) double track; some addititions and removals since 1997.

1,435 mm (4 ft 8.5 in) standard gauge: 28 km (17 mi) (2004) (Luas tramway, Dublin); 28 km (17 mi) electrified; 28 km (17 mi) double track; additional track under construction

914 mm (3 ft 0 in) narrow gauge: 1,365 km (848 mi) (2006) (industrial railway operated by Bord na Móna)

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Map of Network in 1906

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Old April 24th, 2009, 01:42 PM   #2
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LUAS urban light rail system, Dublin:



Opened in 2004, and still being extended.

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Old April 24th, 2009, 01:44 PM   #3
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DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transport) urban rail system



Opened 1984. Plans for expansion.

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Old April 24th, 2009, 01:46 PM   #4
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Bord na Móna (Turf board) narrow gauge rail system

Unique to Ireland (I think!), these railways provide transport for peat cutting operations in the bogs of central and west Ireland. Narrow gauge, the rails themselves are lifted every couple of months to be moved to new areas which are being cut.

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Old April 24th, 2009, 01:50 PM   #5
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Great idea for a thread, it's great to see Ireland putting some real money into its transport system.

Is the train between Belfast and Dublin still "the slowest in Europe?"
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Old April 24th, 2009, 02:15 PM   #6
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I've never travelled on the Enterprise (Dublin - Belfast) service, mainly because it costs almost twice as much as the bus, but it's prone to delays from what I hear, and the engines are quite old.

Officially it takes 2 hrs, 15 mins, which is about the same as the bus.

It's quite luxurious though, and skips out traffic, so if you're travelling during rush hour it would probably be much faster than by bus
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Old April 24th, 2009, 08:52 PM   #7
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Great thread and wonderful pictures!!!



In my experience, Enterprise is quite comfortable but delays are quite often too!.

2 hours and 15 min for (more or less) 180 km
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Old August 28th, 2009, 09:40 AM   #8
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I see from the Vancouver thread, that they are having problems with the doors on their new Rotem trains on the newly opened Canada Line between the Airport and Waterfront (Downtown)
How are the doors , and the trains generally, performing on Irish Rails new ICR trains?

PS. Great picture serie LukeIRL!
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Old January 16th, 2010, 01:03 AM   #9
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Hi NGU, I've travelled quite a bit on Irish railways recently. They have introduced new trains and the doors appear to be working fine

The main upgrading work is on lines though, which are still being converted from wooden sleepers to concrete, as well as straightening works.

Recently, a bridge collapsed on the Dublin-Belfast line and the line remained closed for 2 months - http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/.../breaking5.htm
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Try this link for the latest up date on the DART Underground, the underground link between 2 main line stations and serving the centre of Dublin with 6 new stations

http://www.irishrail.ie/projects/dart_underground.asp
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A little FYI on the Dublin Luas tramway system: it's almost entirely Alstom. The trams are all provided by Alstom, of the Citadis type built in their La Rochelle plant. Alstom is also the company which has built the infrastructure and maintains it, including the surroundings (such as cutting grass). The LUAS system is commercially exploited by Veolia Transport.
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Nice picture!

Dart between Bray and Greystones!

I walked it a few years ago and the panorama is amazing!
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Old October 12th, 2011, 01:11 PM   #18
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Hello!

In September I read the following article on railwaygazette.com

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Iarnród Éireann proposes 160 km/h investment programme

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IRELAND: A €175m programme of infrastructure works to raise inter-city line speeds to 160 km/h has been put forward by Iarnród Éireann for possible inclusion in the 2012-16 national development plan which the government is to publish later this year.

IÉ completed a major rolling stock renewal programme under the previous Transport 21 investment plan, and the national railway says the focus should now be on infrastructure. The national motorway network has also received substantial investment in recent years, and 160 km/h running would allow IÉ to offer more competitive journey times of under 2 h from Dublin to Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford.

This would be achieved through track and subgrade improvements, level crossing works and the easing of curves, raising line speeds to 160 km/h on the Portlaoise - Limerick Junction, Sallins - Cherryville and Portarlington - Galway routes.

At present 50 km of the 266 km Dublin - Cork route is suitable for 160 km/h operation, with lower maximum speeds in force on other routes.
Does anyone have any further news about this? Was this program included in 2012-16 national development plan? The only information for the 2012-16 national development plan I found is that it was to be released in late September.
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In September I read the following article on railwaygazette.com



Does anyone have any further news about this? Was this program included in 2012-16 national development plan? The only information for the 2012-16 national development plan I found is that it was to be released in late September.
There has been no real progress on this. It was a proposal that IÉ hope will receive funding. However, that plan is subject to Government approval of EUR175 million in funding and it's difficult to know if they will receive it or not.
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Some more pics.

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Intercity trains:
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