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Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 07-09-2018, 17:24
Replies: 61
Views: 9,195
Posted By James Howard
If we're talking about connecting ports in the...

If we're talking about connecting ports in the south as a Brexit insurance policy, surely Waterford to Rosslare would be of far higher priority than the WRC. In particular if the Barrow bridge is...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 05-09-2018, 16:36
Replies: 38
Views: 2,506
Posted By James Howard
It's worse than that - if you just turn up for a...

It's worse than that - if you just turn up for a DART at random your expected wait time will drop from 7.5 minutes to 5 minutes. So, statistically you'll only gain 2.5 minutes from reduced waiting...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 22-08-2018, 08:58
Replies: 38
Views: 2,506
Posted By James Howard
I had a look for the timetable on the Irish Rail...

I had a look for the timetable on the Irish Rail site but couldn't find it. Is it anywhere online? It seems to be loaded in the journey planner but the Longford commuter trains aren't...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 07-08-2018, 11:49
Replies: 6
Views: 534
Posted By James Howard
Would it be possible to mitigate the risk by...

Would it be possible to mitigate the risk by ensuring that there is a backup diesel locomotive on hand?

The cancellation of scheduled services to allow for specials is ludicrous and...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 01-08-2018, 14:54
Replies: 14
Views: 856
Posted By James Howard
As I live on the Sligo line, the number there...

As I live on the Sligo line, the number there always jumps out at me but it is really quite amazing that a line to a town of 20,000 people with no major population centres en-route generates similar...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 25-06-2018, 10:40
Replies: 13
Views: 1,456
Posted By James Howard
On the medical appointment issue, I'd suggest...

On the medical appointment issue, I'd suggest that the HSE should issue a public transport voucher with every medical appointment that is entirely separate from the Free Travel scheme.

This way,...
Forum: Dublin Sligo 20-06-2018, 16:02
Replies: 1
Views: 435
Posted By James Howard
Online / TVM tickets across lines

Why is it still the case that you can only buy tickets online or at TVMs for the line you are on and you have to go to the ticket office for a cross-line ticket?

It's really annoying - I can only...
Forum: Rail Users Ireland Canteen 18-04-2018, 10:50
Replies: 2
Views: 1,764
Posted By James Howard
Usually I find that the 20 minutes extra time...

Usually I find that the 20 minutes extra time that Irish Rail put on to every evening train on the Sligo line is plenty enough for me. I hadn't realised they were doing this deliberately because the...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 16-04-2018, 14:18
Replies: 10
Views: 2,098
Posted By James Howard
For what it's worth, the last time I checked,...

For what it's worth, the last time I checked, only Sligo line destinations were available at the ticket machine in Edgeworthstown so the lack of through tickets on the machine is not confined to...
Forum: Galway - Limerick - Waterford - Rosslare 14-03-2018, 16:07
Replies: 6
Views: 1,620
Posted By James Howard
Is there a point to this line at all at this...

Is there a point to this line at all at this stage since it seems to stay closed for several months every winter. Granted it's not the section between Ennis and Athenry but it's hardly conducive...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 22-02-2018, 08:12
Replies: 62
Views: 6,446
Posted By James Howard
Skipping the Mater seems like madness. It is one...

Skipping the Mater seems like madness. It is one of the biggest city centre employers - nearly 3,000 employees and at least as many visitors every day - man of whom would have mobility difficulties...
Forum: Commuter Services 10-01-2018, 13:59
Replies: 28
Views: 7,150
Posted By James Howard
I don't know about keeping quiet but fact remains...

I don't know about keeping quiet but fact remains that the bus from the airport is a far better option for me here in Longford than the train even though I'd much rather travel by train.

The bus is...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 17-11-2017, 10:46
Replies: 2
Views: 2,356
Posted By James Howard
Smile Punctuality in Japan

Interesting little article in The Irish Times. One can only look on in envy....
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 05-11-2017, 10:14
Replies: 13
Views: 3,428
Posted By James Howard
Have they given up on passenger consultation on...

Have they given up on passenger consultation on timetable changes? At least there used to be a pretence at trying to get the views of the customers on whether new timetables were actually an...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 31-10-2017, 09:38
Replies: 9
Views: 3,660
Posted By James Howard
The process for getting money back is usually...

The process for getting money back is usually fairly simple and there are no questions asked so you can ask for money back for Saturdays, etc even if you don't normally travel on that day.

That...
Forum: Up To Date Travel Information 17-10-2017, 18:36
Replies: 25
Views: 3,203
Posted By James Howard
There's always a few really bad days for delays...

There's always a few really bad days for delays after the first big storm of the season removes about a third of the leaves in one go. It'll get a bit better but it'll be the new year before the...
Forum: Up To Date Travel Information 16-10-2017, 15:48
Replies: 25
Views: 3,203
Posted By James Howard
https://twitter.com/IrishRail/status/9199319664174...

https://twitter.com/IrishRail/status/919931966417457152

I was surprised to see them running trains so late on Sligo. It's been pretty wild here in Longford since before midday. Really the clever...
Forum: Intercity and Regional 05-10-2017, 09:20
Replies: 11
Views: 3,677
Posted By James Howard
Ah, so that's the pattern. Not exactly...

Ah, so that's the pattern. Not exactly user-friendly.
Forum: Intercity and Regional 04-10-2017, 16:57
Replies: 11
Views: 3,677
Posted By James Howard
The 1705 from Sligo today was late opening doors...

The 1705 from Sligo today was late opening doors - I had a booking for car F which I thought was the second from the back of the train. But I obviously got that wrong since in order from back to...
Forum: Intercity and Regional 23-09-2017, 07:14
Replies: 11
Views: 3,677
Posted By James Howard
Just adding a no seat reservation required option...

Just adding a no seat reservation required option to the booking website would solve most of the issues. On Sligo there seems to be quite a big issue with people not sitting in booked seats. Well,...
Forum: Intercity and Regional 22-09-2017, 17:31
Replies: 11
Views: 3,677
Posted By James Howard
Booking is a mess

Having just come gone cold turkey after nearly 15 years of a commuter pass, I'm a bit of a newbie regarding booking seats. That being said I do have my preferences for a seat based on long experience...
Forum: Galway - Limerick - Waterford - Rosslare 14-08-2017, 07:37
Replies: 50
Views: 6,376
Posted By James Howard
The main reason the Sligo line is doing all right...

The main reason the Sligo line is doing all right is because the N4 is at this stage woefully inadequate beyond Mullingar. At busy times you will inevitably get stuck in a stream of traffic...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 24-04-2017, 16:24
Replies: 21
Views: 6,394
Posted By James Howard
I was thinking the same thing and went to check....

I was thinking the same thing and went to check. Unfortunately on three separate attempts to go through with a booking, I got an error prompting me to contact their system administrator (no details...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 24-04-2017, 12:40
Replies: 21
Views: 6,394
Posted By James Howard
Wow - there are some fabulous discounts available...

Wow - there are some fabulous discounts available on the Sligo line. Just did random checks on about 5 different dates and all three fare bands are the exact same price for every train on all 5 days....
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 04-04-2017, 14:54
Replies: 25
Views: 7,972
Posted By James Howard
A couple of I've been sorely tempted to...

A couple of I've been sorely tempted to accidentally knock a bike into a doorway when getting off which would hardly do the wheel a lot of good. It would be a shame if it fell out of the train...
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