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Old October 13th, 2011, 06:26 AM   #21
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Photos from http://irishtrainphotos.fotopic.net/ by Sean Clancy

Those bad boys look like they have a deep, full-throated purr. And with that ancient, weathered paint job? Real beasts of burden!

That narrow gauge line is...interesting. Definitely not for the faint of heart (or passengers, for that matter) with how much out of true those rails twist.
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Old October 18th, 2011, 02:11 AM   #22
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Aboard the new Dublin-Cork network:

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Old October 20th, 2011, 01:54 AM   #23
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New Intercity trains (circa May 2011)

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As part of the modernization program, new overpasses are still being constructed above existing and old railway lines to accommodate local traffic

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Old October 20th, 2011, 01:13 PM   #24
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I wonder if those new intercity trains (Class 22000) will ever replace the old railcars on Limerick-Galway line
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Old October 20th, 2011, 02:17 PM   #25
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New Intercity trains (circa May 2011)
Hyundai rotem?
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Old October 20th, 2011, 05:32 PM   #26
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Hyundai rotem?
Well, according to wikipedia anyway:

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Supplied by Mitsui of Japan in an order totalling approximately €400 million, the fleet is being built by a partnership between Rotem of South Korea and Tokyu Car Corporation of Japan, who supplied the bogies
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Old October 20th, 2011, 09:05 PM   #27
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It seems to be the same 160 kmph train as 10 ordered for Ukraine...
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Old October 21st, 2011, 08:08 AM   #28
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It seems to be the same 160 kmph train as 10 ordered for Ukraine...
And I think it is the same as the ones as the ETS in Malaysia, although the Irish ones seem to be diesel-powered instead of being an EMU as is the ETS.

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Old October 21st, 2011, 03:21 PM   #29
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Yeah, looks like you is right. All 3 countries have differnt rail gauge (1000 - Mal., 1520 - Ukr., 1600 - Ire.) And what about loading gauge? Do Ire./Mal. trains have the same loading gauge?
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Old October 22nd, 2011, 02:43 PM   #30
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The styling for the IE 22000 class is by Creactive Design in the UK.

The trains for Ukraine are wider and taller because of the much larger loading gauge in the former USSR.

I get the impression that Malaysian loading gauge is narrower than in the UK or Ireland, because KTM Komuter trains aren't wide enough for 3+2 seating.
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Old October 24th, 2011, 12:03 AM   #31
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I'm curious as the which 'side of the road' trains travel on in Ireland. The trams drive on the left along with the road traffic, but judging from the headlights in many of the pictures above heavy rail appears to 'drive' on the right?
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Old October 27th, 2011, 01:15 AM   #33
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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.
Though delayed, thank you for your answer!

Have Iarnrod Eireann been affected by the economic problem that Ireland faces? If yes, what problems have occured?

I'm trying to compare the situation of Ireland with that of my country Greece. In Greece, as you may know, the situation in railways is getting every day worse: One third of the network has closed this year, trains suffer from lack of maintenance, about 10% of the personnel is going to be fired this year (mainly train drivers and track and trains maintenance crew, of whom there is already shortage) and there are constantly rumors that the only passenger operator here in Greece, Trainose, is going to close in 2011...
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Old October 27th, 2011, 02:51 AM   #34
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Though delayed, thank you for your answer!

Have Iarnrod Eireann been affected by the economic problem that Ireland faces? If yes, what problems have occured?

I'm trying to compare the situation of Ireland with that of my country Greece. In Greece, as you may know, the situation in railways is getting every day worse: One third of the network has closed this year, trains suffer from lack of maintenance, about 10% of the personnel is going to be fired this year (mainly train drivers and track and trains maintenance crew, of whom there is already shortage) and there are constantly rumors that the only passenger operator here in Greece, Trainose, is going to close in 2011...
The problem is that our railway system is old and it cost a lot to Resignal the entire network. New railroad ties and tracks to replace the old ones. In addition, some old routes have been re-opened (e.g. Cork-Middleton route). Many stations were also modernized but some are quite small over here. Not many people use the Train in Ireland because it can be very expensive.

A lot more work still needs to be done (electrification / train station & platform modernization / track retrofitting, etc). All this has been suspended because of ongoing austerity measures. Public sector employees are no longer being replaced once they retire over here. Public sector pay has been slashed by an average of 14%. However, Ireland is different in so far as there is a heavy emphasis on private car usage following the opening of some new Highways. Others prefer to use the Bus. However, there are no rumors about the railway service closing over here...
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Old October 29th, 2011, 10:40 PM   #35
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Those bad boys look like they have a deep, full-throated purr. And with that ancient, weathered paint job? Real beasts of burden!
The Class 47 Cabs have mostly replaced them:


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Old February 22nd, 2012, 04:41 PM   #36
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Irish rail review calls for higher speeds and electrification

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Old February 17th, 2013, 06:28 PM   #37
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A trip west

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A few photos from Athlone, Claremorris, and Westport.

1. Athlone southern (GSR) station reopened in 1985, replacing the western station originally opeened by the MGWR. The southern station is closer to the town centre and is integrated with the bus station. It has three platforms, numbers 2 and 3 being an island allowing easy interchange between trains. Here, a Dublin - Galway service connects with an Athlone - Westport train. The station buildings are on platform 1.
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2. Further west is Claremorris. This used to have lines coming in from five points: Tuam to the south, Ballinrobe to the southwest, Westport to the west, Collooney and Sligo to the north, and Athlone and Dublin to the east. Sadly only the east/west line is still open, with the lines to Sligo, Ballinrobe, and Tuam closing over the years.

Our train to Westport is waiting in platform 2 while a rake of Irish Rail's new ballast wagons rests in platform 3. To the right is the old water tower and the stub of the branch line to Ballinrobe, a short section of which has been retained as a siding.
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3. Turning the camera 180 degrees to face west, we see the morning Up train pass the signal cabin at Claremorris. The cabin is no longer in use, control having transferred to a computerised system controlled from Dublin Connolly. The Up train is formed of two 3-car Rotem inter-city DMUs, which have a top speed of 160 km/h (100 mph). The Westport line has a limit of 70 mph (112 km/h).
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4. Westport railway station, the terminus. This shot is taken from the east end of the main platform, facing west. Past the red signal is the former goods area and engine shed (now disconnected). Only the main platform is now signalled for passenger departures; the second platform was taken out of use as part of the modernisation work on the Mayo line signalling.
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5. A closer look at the west end of Westport station. The line used to continue further a short branch to Westport Quay and a longer one to Achill Island. Only a short stub remains beyond the goods shed, now used for timber loading (timber trains run to Waterford in the south). Note the signal is only able to show a red aspect -- this is the end of the line, with only shunting movements (ie no passenger-carrying trains) authorised beyond this signal.
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6. A closer look at one of the Rotem ICRs at the main platform in Westport, seen just at sunset.
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The section between Dalkey and Killiney on the DART line near Dublin is one of the most scenic stretches of line in the country. Here's a few 8100 and 8520 class EMUs as they wind their way along the coast at Killiney Bay.

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Irish Rail reconfigures fleet to cut costs

IRISH Rail (IE) is launching a scheme designed to reduce fuel and maintenance costs by €3.2m a year. This is on top of €16m annual savings already achieved
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IE will reduce the length of off-peak commuter trains on Dublin's Dart suburban network so that only two-car emus operate between mid-morning and mid-afternoon and after 19.00. This will bring rolling stock provision into line with demand, as only 35% of passengers travel during the 14 off-peak hours each weekday, while reducing operating costs.

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Greetings from Ukraine! I wonder how are Hundai Rotem Intercity trains doing? And when they were delivered? When the first comercial run was?
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