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Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 12-06-2019, 16:58
Replies: 2
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Posted By ACustomer
"Commuter" Trains

A very annoying media habit is referring to Intercity Trains as "Commuter Trains". Yesterday, according to the Indo, a woman had a baby on a Galway-Dublin "commuter" train and men were arrested for...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 07-06-2019, 15:06
Replies: 19
Views: 785
Posted By ACustomer
Earlier I referred to the UK electrification...

Earlier I referred to the UK electrification fiasco. There is a really good article in Rail Engineer ("Getting Electrification Right") which should be compulsory reading for anyone looking at the...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 06-06-2019, 14:43
Replies: 76
Views: 19,269
Posted By ACustomer
Maybe the reason why the consultation does not...

Maybe the reason why the consultation does not seem to involve the NTA is that it has been done to placate WRC lobbyists; hence the "political" (DoT) origin of the exercise.

I would hope that the...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 05-06-2019, 19:29
Replies: 76
Views: 19,269
Posted By ACustomer
Irish Rail website to-day (June 5th, 2019) has...

Irish Rail website to-day (June 5th, 2019) has notice of a consultation process on possible extension of the WRC to (i) Athenty-Tuam and (ii) Tuam-Claremorris. It appears to be done in conjunction...
Forum: Up To Date Travel Information 29-05-2019, 11:32
Replies: 7
Views: 557
Posted By ACustomer
To-day's Irish Times has a report which...

To-day's Irish Times has a report which highlights the truly awful lack of communication from Irish rail yesterday.

As of now (1230pm Wednesday 29th) the Irish Rail website has no updates since...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 28-05-2019, 16:26
Replies: 19
Views: 785
Posted By ACustomer
I know this sounds a bit nostalgic, but over 80...

I know this sounds a bit nostalgic, but over 80 years ago Prof Drumm's patent battery trains were effectively doing 50km on a full charge. So what's with all this fancy new lithium battery...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 27-05-2019, 18:24
Replies: 19
Views: 785
Posted By ACustomer
What is the lead time for having the overhead,...

What is the lead time for having the overhead, substations etc in place and ready for use? Also what about specifications for any new depot or depots? (Let's hope they make a better job of this than...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 31-03-2019, 09:41
Replies: 6
Views: 951
Posted By ACustomer
Jamie2k9: I don't quite buy the extensive...

Jamie2k9: I don't quite buy the extensive engineering works excuse/explanation. These works mean that there are revised timetables to take account of them: failure to meet revised schedules is not...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 29-03-2019, 09:10
Replies: 6
Views: 951
Posted By ACustomer
Berneyarms: I should have made it clearer that my...

Berneyarms: I should have made it clearer that my second paragraph was intended to refer to all services, not just DART: For example the successive monthly punctuality (Jan-March 2019) for...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 28-03-2019, 11:47
Replies: 6
Views: 951
Posted By ACustomer
2019 Train performance

Looking at the IE homepage twitter feed there seems to be almost daily cancellations of scheduled DARTS (usually a North/Southbound plus the returning South/Northbound working). Invariably this is...
Forum: Gorey-Arklow-Wicklow Line 04-03-2019, 08:59
Replies: 28
Views: 24,800
Posted By ACustomer
@berneyarms: OK, so that means that the NTA are...

@berneyarms: OK, so that means that the NTA are useless. I could list other huge expenditures they are proposing, while neglecting ongoing facilities.

The capital/current distinction can be carried...
Forum: Gorey-Arklow-Wicklow Line 03-03-2019, 16:44
Replies: 28
Views: 24,800
Posted By ACustomer
Kilcoole is, let's face it, a backwater. What...

Kilcoole is, let's face it, a backwater. What about the lack of TVM and Train displays at Broombridge? Does Irish Rail not realise that Broombridge is no longer a semi burned-out wreck but a major...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 31-01-2019, 17:35
Replies: 25
Views: 3,895
Posted By ACustomer
In that case, does what the CEO of IE has to say...

In that case, does what the CEO of IE has to say about investment plans have any significance? Come to think of it can IE senior management make any decisions of any significance when you take...
Forum: Longford-Maynooth-Dunboyne-Clonsilla-Dublin line 31-01-2019, 13:44
Replies: 26
Views: 10,005
Posted By ACustomer
Goods: you say your journey was about 2 hours:...

Goods: you say your journey was about 2 hours: from where to where? Sligo trains generally run from Maynooth to Connolly calling only at Drumcondra. A non-stop Maynooth to Pearse would make no sense...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 31-01-2019, 13:41
Replies: 25
Views: 3,895
Posted By ACustomer
This is a tender for 60 to 80 pre-owned (2nd...

This is a tender for 60 to 80 pre-owned (2nd -hand) DMU vehicles. Unless Brazil or somewhere in Australia has any old stock to flog off, then a re-gauging will be involved, which should be a complex...
Forum: Longford-Maynooth-Dunboyne-Clonsilla-Dublin line 31-12-2018, 20:59
Replies: 3
Views: 1,557
Posted By ACustomer
IE Broombridge and Luas

Today I visited the Broombridge interconnection between the LUAS and the Maynooth line. LUAS had displays showing departure times as well as timetables. The IE platforms were devoid of displays (the...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 29-12-2018, 12:48
Replies: 25
Views: 3,895
Posted By ACustomer
Mark, that's interesting. I get the impression...

Mark, that's interesting. I get the impression that projects get forever tossed around between Irish Rail (and maybe CIE for fixed assets), the NTA, and of course the Department of Transport. A case...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 27-12-2018, 23:13
Replies: 25
Views: 3,895
Posted By ACustomer
The order for extra cars for strengthening ICR...

The order for extra cars for strengthening ICR sets makes a lot of sense. However given the cancellation of the 2700 and the 201 loco projects, I would not count the chickens yet.

The intention to...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 07-11-2018, 16:26
Replies: 13
Views: 3,583
Posted By ACustomer
Is Director of Train Operations a new post within...

Is Director of Train Operations a new post within IE Senior Management? The Guardian job description goes well beyond what most sensible people would think of a "train operations", such as industrial...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 01-11-2018, 19:20
Replies: 3
Views: 2,181
Posted By ACustomer
Red face Doh! :o

Doh! :o
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 01-11-2018, 09:52
Replies: 3
Views: 2,181
Posted By ACustomer
How could a DART be reversed into platform 1 at...

How could a DART be reversed into platform 1 at Connolly? It's not electrified.
Forum: Commuter Services 15-10-2018, 14:22
Replies: 22
Views: 3,728
Posted By ACustomer
Mark Gleeson: What you imply is almost that the...

Mark Gleeson:

What you imply is almost that the NTA would ask for a tender before deciding on whether to have a programme of rolling stock purchases. I thought that the way things should work would...
Forum: Commuter Services 12-10-2018, 08:29
Replies: 22
Views: 3,728
Posted By ACustomer
huggy: don't put all the blame on Irish Rail. The...

huggy: don't put all the blame on Irish Rail. The National Transport Authority has arguably an even greater responsibility. Also the Government Departments of Housing/Local Government (or whatever...
Forum: Commuter Services 11-10-2018, 16:21
Replies: 22
Views: 3,728
Posted By ACustomer
That means you need about 6 2600 sets readily...

That means you need about 6 2600 sets readily available for Cork-based services. Add in a couple of sets undergoing overhaul, repairs etc accounts pretty well for the 2600 fleet. That leaves 10 2-car...
Forum: Commuter Services 11-10-2018, 12:48
Replies: 22
Views: 3,728
Posted By ACustomer
huggy, comcor, thanks. The report in the journal...

huggy, comcor, thanks. The report in the journal is dated July 2017. Has there been any move on this since? Some IE projects seem to take forever.

I should imagine that the plan is to release the...
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