IRISH RAILWAYS

Photographs & Captions

by

Brian Haworth

Updated: 15/05/2015

 

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A Metropolitan- Vickers, built in Manchester,

class 001 Co-Co No. 056

 

stands in the mothballed Athlone platform

at Mullingar

 

with the early morning Mullingar / Dublin service

in July 1989.

 

This loco, introduced to traffic during August 1956,

lost its Metropolitan Vickers engine

during rebuilding in November 1969.

 

The loco soldiered on until withdrawal in October 1992

General Motors class 201 no 229 “River Maine

awaits departure from Dublin Connolly

on 24 July 1996.

 

This class of loco, weighing 112 tons

and fitted with a GM D 43 engine,

 

was built in Ontario Canada by General Motors

in 1995

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

GM class 181, no 183,

rolls onto the motive power depot

at Dublin Connolly

in July 1989.

 

This 67 ton loco was built by General Motors

at La Grange, Illinois,

in 1966

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manchester-built Metropolitan Vickers C

class loco no. 221

 

awaits departure from Dublin Connolly

in July 1989.

 

This 1957-built loco lost its Metro-Vic engine

during rebuilding in February 1972

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

General Motors built class 14,1 No 147,

roars out of Dublin Connolly Station

 

removing the empty stock from the Sligo service

to the carriage sidings for servicing on 11 August 1993.

 

This class of loco was built in America

at La Grange, Illinois

in 1962

 

 

 

 

 

General Motors class 121, built in 1960

at La Grange, Illinois

 

awaits the road at Dublin Connolly

on 11 August 1993.

 

These single-cab locos always hauled trains

with the cab leading when running singly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

Class 071, No 071,

coasts through Longford

on a tank train in July 1996.

 

The class 071s were built by General Motors

at their La Grange plant

in Illinois in 1976.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

General Motors class 141, No 167,

is given the road

at Mullingar

 

with the early evening departure to Sligo

 

on 24th July 1996.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

NIR class 11,1 No 112 “Northern Counties”,

departs Dublin Connolly

 

bound for Belfast during July 1989.

 

This small class of three locos

were built by General Motors

at their La Grange plant, Illinois, in the early 1980s,

 

initially for use on Belfast/Dublin services

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two GM Class 141 diesel locos

stand at rest in the yard

 

at Dublin Connolly Motive Power Depot

 

awaiting their next call of duty

in July 1989

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

Fresh from the paint shops, GM class 141 167

awaits departure

from Dublin Connolly station

 

with the tea time 17:15 departure for Sligo

 

on 24 July 1996

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The driver of GM class 071, no 085,

catches the token

thrown by the Mullingar signal man

as the service departs Mullingar

 

with the 13:25 ex Sligo to Dublin service

on 15 August 2002

 

The photo is taken from the huge signal cabin

at Mullingar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GM class 071 rolls into Mullingar

with the 14:39 service to Sligo on 12 August 2002.

 

Note the signal cabin and the large booking hall building.

 

Also of interest is the floral display.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Close up of cab of GM class 201

diesel, No 207 “River Boyne ” .

 

The unusual positioning of the nameplate

is worth noting,

 

as is the fact that,

 

if the loco was viewed from the other side,

the name would read “ABHAINN NA BOINNE”

 

Taken on 24 July 1996

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

The magnificent Midland Great Western

Refreshment Room / Booking office

at Mullingar Station.

 

The line curving to the right leads to Sligo,

and the bay to its right

served the Cavan branch.

 

Off picture, to the left of the refreshment room,

is the mothballed line to Athlone and Galway.

 

The picture is taken from the base of the signal cabin

in August 2002

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With just nine months before its withdrawal,

Metropolitan Vickers A class 001 No 048,

in very poor external condition,

 

shunts stock at Dublin Connolly

on 11 August 1993

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

The spotless interior of Mullingar's signal box

taken on the 15 August 1993.

 

With the recently completed signal works,

which has seen semaphore signals

replaced with electric colour lights,

 

the signal box is still in situ but mothballed out of use.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The exterior of the impressive

Midland Great Western Signal Cabin

at Mullingar,

 

unfortunately now redundant

but happily preserved in situ

 

and noted on 22 Oct 2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The impressive main train shed

at Dublin Connolly station

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commuter DMU 29103 rolls into Mullingar

on 22 October 2008

 

with the 09:05 departure from Dublin Connolly to Sligo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

Commuter DMU 29403 prepares to depart Mullingar

with the 10:12 to Sligo

 

on 22 October 2008.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The sleek lines and attractive livery

of the latest Inter-City units

on Irish Rail

 

at Dublin Connolly

 

captured on 22 October 2008.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

A pair of new InterCity units,

which have ousted the old GM diesels

from  front line services,

 

stand at rest in Dublin Connolly station

 

after working in the 09:00 departure

from Sligo (arrival Dublin 11:58)

 

on 22 October 2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commuter DMU 2805

prepares to depart Dublin Connolly

 

with the 12:05 departure for Drogheda (arrives 12:59)

 

also on 22 October 2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

Two commuter DMUs

stand in Dublin Connolly station.

 

Note the turntable and water tower in the background

 

on 22 October 2008.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

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Class 071, no 080, stands at rest

outside Dublin Connolly MPD,

awaiting its next turn of duty.

 

This loco was built in 1976 by General Motors

in their famous La Grange works in Illinois USA.

 

It is currently adorned in

Irish Rail's Black and Silver freight livery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Driver's eye view

of the road out of Dublin Connolly.

 

The MPD can be made out on the right.

 

On departure, this Sligo-bound service

will curve away to the left,

 

and the route to Belfast straight ahead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

The attractive lattice roof of Dublin Connolly's station,

with its recently renewed platforms,

 

enhance the smooth lines of

class 22000 six-car surburban unit 22242

 

as it rolls fresh from the depot into the platform

ready to form a Sligo service

 

on 26 July 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class 22000 (a six-car set) 22342

pokes its cab from

under the station canopy

at Dublin Connolly,

 

catching the bright sunlight

 

on 26 July 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

InterCity liveried River class 201 unit 227, RIVER LAUNE,

 

stands at Dublin Connolly on 26 July 2010,

 

awaiting departure on the

13:20 Dublin /Belfast Enterprise service.

 

This class of diesel was built by General Motors

in 1994/5.

 

Some members of the class

have both English and Irish nameplates,

 

and other class members, although allocated names,

never received them.

 

In the case of this loco 227,

it has just English nameplates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class 22000 six car Outer Suburban unit 22342

stands at Mullingar at 12:16

 

on 26 July 2010

 

after arriving on time

with the 11:05 departure from Dublin Connolly.

 

The service then continued to Sligo,

with a timetabled 14:10 arrival.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

A very neat and tidy Longford Station

 

complete with attractive footbridge

(bridge no. 451)

and Signal Box

on 27 July 2010

 

Built by the Midland and Great Western Railway,

the station opened in 1855.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The old Goods Shed and evocative old Yard Crane

contrast with the colour light signal (SL795)

at Longford

 

July 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

Longford Station

taken from the station footbridge

looking towards Dublin.

 

The main station buildings,

complete with ticket and enquiry office,

are on the left.

 

The bus station is outside these buildings,

adjacent to the station car park.

 

The now out-of-use Freightliner Terminal

can be seen

on the right of the picture.

 

The rather precariously-balanced Signal Box

at Longford Station,

 

sadly now mothballed out-of-use

following the recent re-signalling programme.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

Set 7 a three-car unit,

consisting of 22307, 22407 and 22207,

 

arrives at Longford

 

on 27 July 2010.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Set 7 departs Longford,

 

framed by the ornate MGW footbridge

 

on 27 July 2010.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Old railway age meets

new railway age “crane and cab”

 

at Longford

 

July 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Float (for Castlepollard) Station

July 2010.

 

is situated on the Cavan branch,

close to Inny Junction,

 

and was built by the MGW,

 

This station and its goods shed

are amazing survivors from MGW days.

 

Opened in 1856,

the station closed to passengers in 1947

 

but did see occasional freight up to 1960,

after which the track was lifted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

Float Station

July 2010

 

with platforms still in situ.

 

The old MGW Goods Shed

can be seen beyond the station.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Float Station

July 2010

 

viewed from the road looking down the trackbed.

 

The old Pedestrian Gate and Level Crossing Gate Post

still stand.

 

Unfortunately, the MGW signal box,

“Float Station Crossing"

which was situated on the left of the track bed,

 

has long since been demolished.

 

 

 

   
 

The mothballed Athlone branch line

at Mullingar Station

 

July 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The early morning sun catches class 22000 / 22323

as it departs Mullingar

 

with the 08:17 service to Sligo

 

on 28 July 2010.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

The impressive mothballed Mullingar Signal Box

 

July 2010

 

 

 

Class 22000 22241 rolls into Mullingar

 

with the 08:55 departure

for Dublin Connolly (arrive 10:05),

 

the train having departed Sligo at 07:00

 

 

 

   

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Internal view of class 22000 unit.

 

Built by Rotem (Korea) and Mitsui (Tokyo),

they are Irish Rail's latest Inter-City units.

 

They have a top speed of 100 mph,

and are designed to operate

as three, six or nine car sets.

 

The design also allows them to operate

up to eighteen cars in case of emergency.

 

As can be seen,

they are finished to a high standard,

and seats line up with windows,

 

unlike most of the UK's units.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

River class 209, 209,

which was allocated River Foyle name plates

but was never given them,

 

stands at Dublin Connolly,

 

having just arrived

on an Enterprise service from Belfast.

 

Note the not to be moved sign in place

as the loco and stock receive attention from service staff,

prior to its return journey to Belfast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

Cab view of 209 at Dublin Connolly

 

28 July 2010

 

 

Class 22000, 22241, a six car suburban unit,

 

is serviced at Platform 1 at Dublin Connolly

 

having arrived with a service from Sligo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Class 29000 four car outer suburban unit 29407

shares the stop blocks

at Dublin Connolly

 

with class 22000, 22132

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class 22000, 22332,

stands under the impressive train shed

at Dublin Connolly

 

28 July 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

Contrasting front ends and liveries

class 22000 and class 29000

 

at Dublin Connolly

 

28 July 2010.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The impressive frontage

of Dublin Heuston Station

(formally Dublin Kingsbridge)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

Dublin Heuston Station train shed

28 July 2010

 

with a couple of class 22000's awaiting departure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A pair of 22000 units stand at the buffer stops

in platforms two and three

 

at Dublin Heuston Station

 

on 28 July 2010.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

A six car class 22000

stands awaiting the road

 

at Dublin Heuston's rather isolated platform 10.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A three-car class 22000 unit

departs Dublin Heuston.

 

The loco servicing point

can just be glimpsed behind the back carriage,

 

and stored passenger stock,

in the old orange and black livery,

 

is visible in the distant yard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

The impressive side-entrance

to Dublin Heuston Station

 

July 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dart unit crosses the River Liffey

 

July 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

Eight car class 29000 unit

arrives at Dublin Tara Street

on 28 July 2010.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dart unit 8622

awaits departure from Dublin Tara Street

on 28 July 2010.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

Class 29000 29107

rolls into Dublin Tara Street

 

with plenty of passengers

waiting to join

 

on 28 July 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dart unit class 8520,

built in Japan no 8621,

 

awaits departure

with a service to Bray.

 

28 July 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

Two dart units cross

at Dublin Tara Street Station

 

on 28 July 2010

 

Unit 8128 is a class 8100,

built by Siemens in Germany,

 

and unit 8621 is a class 8520,

built by Tokyo Corporation of Japan.

 

 

 

 

Dart class 8500, no 8603 arrives

at Dublin Tara Street Station

 

on 28 July 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Typical MGW

red brick and limestone Water Tower and Turntable

 

at Dublin Connolly Station

 

July 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class 29000

built by CAF in Spain,

framed by an arch

 

at Dublin Connolly Station

 

July 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

Two class 29000 units

await the evening peak

 

at Dublin Connolly Station

 

28 July 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The driver of River Class 201 no 233

catches up on the news

in Dublin's evening paper,

 

whilst awaiting departure

on the 16:50 Enterprise service to Belfast.

 

Note the Irish nameplate.

 

The nameplate on the other side of the cab

will be in English

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

29000 class units, 29415, 29113,

 

stand at Dublin Connolly

 

on 28 July 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two class 29000 units

await tea-time departure

 

from Dublin Connolly on 28 July 2010.

 

To the left of 29415 and 29113

sits River Class 201, no 233

RIVER CLARE / ABHAINNE NA CHLAIR

 

awaiting departure

with the 16-50 Enterprise service to Belfast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

River class 201, 233,

blasts out of Dublin Connolly

 

with the 16:50 'Enterprise' service to Belfast

on 28 July 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DVT at rear of 'Enterprise' service

with class 201 at the front

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

A bit of luck here

with a very geometrical and symmetrical line-up

of front ends

 

at Dublin Connolly

July 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two 29000 units at rest at the blocks

 

at Dublin Connolly

 

28 July 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

Very impressive performance figures

Dublin Connolly

July 2010.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Station frontage at Dublin Connolly

(formally Dublin Amiens Street)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

Luas tram Station Terminus

at Dublin Connolly

 

with Alstom Citadis type 301, tram 3010,

awaiting departure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two Class 2800 Arrow two-car sets

snake into Dublin Connolly Station,

led by unit 2084

 

on 28 July 2010.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

Class 8100 Dart, unit 8334,

arrives at Dublin Connolly

 

on 28 July 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class 8100 Dart, unit 8135,

contrasts with the old water tower

at Dublin Connolly

 

28 July 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

Class 22000 six car suburban set 22242

glides into Dublin Connolly

 

to form the 17:05 departure to Sligo

 

on 28 July 2010

 

 

 

 

Class 22000 unit stands at Mullingar

 

awaiting departure

with the 18:14 service to Sligo

 

 

 

 

 

 

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taken at Dublin's Stations

 

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