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Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 27-06-2018, 03:53
Replies: 13
Views: 2,737
Posted By dowlingm
Examiner piece from 2006 when Seamus Brennan...

Examiner piece from 2006 when Seamus Brennan opened this can of worms
https://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/brennan-lifts-restrictions-from-free-travel-passes-10444.html
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 29-09-2016, 21:05
Replies: 12
Views: 6,521
Posted By dowlingm
What's with the peak on the 0800 Greystones being...

What's with the peak on the 0800 Greystones being Sydney Parade? UCD?
Forum: Concerts and Sport Specials 10-07-2016, 15:27
Replies: 32
Views: 23,706
Posted By dowlingm
what makes you think they made money? That's the...

what makes you think they made money? That's the basis of the rest of your post.
Forum: Dublin Belfast 09-07-2016, 21:46
Replies: 25
Views: 8,161
Posted By dowlingm
This one?...

This one? http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/1950/act/12/section/64/enacted/en/html

The mail pier doesn't exist any more surely? :D
Forum: Luas Discussion 28-06-2016, 04:10
Replies: 31
Views: 10,024
Posted By dowlingm
Here in Toronto the tramway used to be laid in a...

Here in Toronto the tramway used to be laid in a very basic fashion but it got hammered by use especially by the post-PCC trams. Now the concrete is laid in layers and rubber pads used for vibration...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 14-03-2016, 19:28
Replies: 3
Views: 2,531
Posted By dowlingm
Belfast Transport Hub (Great Victoria Street redevelopment)

This popped into my twitter feed this morning

http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/infrastructure/single-view/view/belfast-transport-hub-planning-underway.html

So, is this generally good news for...
Forum: Up To Date Travel Information 28-12-2015, 22:52
Replies: 11
Views: 4,257
Posted By dowlingm
Used public transport in Christmas Day, operating...

Used public transport in Christmas Day, operating on Sunday schedule (https://www.ttc.ca/News/2015/December/1218_Holiday_Sched.jsp), to get an express bus...
Forum: Dublin Belfast 20-12-2015, 18:46
Replies: 35
Views: 9,618
Posted By dowlingm
Exactly. The real issue is that they weren't...

Exactly. The real issue is that they weren't cleared and used years ago rather than deploying 29Ks every so often.
Forum: Dublin Belfast 17-12-2015, 02:34
Replies: 35
Views: 9,618
Posted By dowlingm
How many of these Newry passengers are there to...

How many of these Newry passengers are there to be perturbed at this point? Is this actually worthwhile or just kept going to suit political or IE managerial whims?
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 15-11-2015, 15:44
Replies: 7
Views: 3,129
Posted By dowlingm
Irish Rail information technology hits new low

It seems the arrivals display in Heuston runs on Windows XP. To be fair, the jagged UI graphics and colour scheme on the arrivals display itself have the look of how RTE would show sports scores...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 12-11-2015, 05:04
Replies: 26
Views: 7,019
Posted By dowlingm
Ah, should have remembered Belview worked like...

Ah, should have remembered Belview worked like that. Thanks for the explanation!
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 04-11-2015, 03:08
Replies: 26
Views: 7,019
Posted By dowlingm
that's interesting - had considered a crossover...

that's interesting - had considered a crossover at Dunkitt but thought the ETS issue a showstopper. Is there a practical distance limit between the ETS token being received and the start of the...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 02-11-2015, 04:55
Replies: 26
Views: 7,019
Posted By dowlingm
nope. You'd have to have an ETS cabin there...

nope. You'd have to have an ETS cabin there rather than Waterford West for the section to Carrick-on-Suir. Maybe one day Clonmel will get an Alan Kelly into government and some dosh will be found for...
Forum: Dublin Belfast 31-10-2015, 09:24
Replies: 261
Views: 58,490
Posted By dowlingm
Now that the 22s have been doing Enterprise...

Now that the 22s have been doing Enterprise refurb runs, the excuses for not increasing frequency on the route using them just come down to cash. I would have converted the whole service to 22s but...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 08-10-2015, 16:58
Replies: 38
Views: 10,207
Posted By dowlingm
(re: PPT electrification) diesel/electric units...

(re: PPT electrification)

diesel/electric units operating GCD-P10-Hazelhatch-beyond could raise and drop their pans... wouldn't be cheap...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 08-10-2015, 16:50
Replies: 29
Views: 10,172
Posted By dowlingm
an environment without...

an environment without TUPE...
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2015/10/01/contract-flipping-leaves-york-transit-employees-feeling-like-temporary-workforce.html
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 08-10-2015, 16:49
Replies: 54
Views: 19,606
Posted By dowlingm
bringing back 2700 makes more sense for regional...

bringing back 2700 makes more sense for regional usage, unless IE figured out the inter-set coupling issue they used to have? Limerick Depot seemed to have them figured out for usage there until they...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 08-10-2015, 16:40
Replies: 13
Views: 6,038
Posted By dowlingm
Nenagh branch still doing Alan Kelly proud I see.

Nenagh branch still doing Alan Kelly proud I see.
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 03-08-2015, 01:54
Replies: 29
Views: 10,172
Posted By dowlingm
Eddie: that scenario involves no transfer of...

Eddie: that scenario involves no transfer of personnel or obligations to the franchisee. The question then becomes what do IE do with the employees who used to work on these services. some might be...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 02-08-2015, 02:58
Replies: 29
Views: 10,172
Posted By dowlingm
Let's say a service is determined by IE to cost...

Let's say a service is determined by IE to cost 1000 Euro right now (round numbers for simplicity) for which they get 1000 Euro in revenue and subsidy under current arrangements.
Veolia come in and...
Forum: Dublin Mayo 29-05-2015, 16:32
Replies: 10
Views: 4,986
Posted By dowlingm
201s are banned (except emergencies) east of...

201s are banned (except emergencies) east of Limerick Junction so that complicates power planning but may also limit axle weights on the wagons, presumably related to Cahir bridge? A 201-071 swap in...
Forum: Dublin Cork 29-05-2015, 15:45
Replies: 14
Views: 6,670
Posted By dowlingm
Presumably at least some of the existing sidings...

Presumably at least some of the existing sidings will have to make way. I suppose permanent way trains could park up in Thurles or in Charleville.

Inniskeen, if that sort of money was on offer,...
Forum: Dublin Cork 29-05-2015, 15:32
Replies: 34
Views: 17,195
Posted By dowlingm
Shades of the mayhem the Alan Kelly Express...

Shades of the mayhem the Alan Kelly Express caused. No lessons learned?
Forum: Dublin Cork 27-05-2015, 14:30
Replies: 14
Views: 6,670
Posted By dowlingm
comcor - I wouldn't be thinking about having the...

comcor - I wouldn't be thinking about having the platform on the line facing the crossing, just a short spur into a bay platform. This would then result in only Limerick goods wagons to and from...
Forum: Rail Users Ireland Canteen 26-05-2015, 20:18
Replies: 3
Views: 3,453
Posted By dowlingm
As the June 6th launch date approaches there have...

As the June 6th launch date approaches there have been a few more events for media etc. Here's an article with high res photos of the platforms and train...
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