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Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 08-08-2018, 11:21
Replies: 6
Views: 225
Posted By James Shields
I do agree there should be more done to mitigate...

I do agree there should be more done to mitigate the risk of failure, but I think it would be a real shame to see them banned outright.

I think a parallel issue is that we don't really have any...
Forum: Dublin Sligo 21-06-2018, 08:40
Replies: 1
Views: 297
Posted By James Shields
This is a big problem, especially since many...

This is a big problem, especially since many stations have reduced ticket office hours on the assumption that people can just use the machines.

From Drogheda, you can't buy a ticket to any station...
Forum: DART 22-05-2018, 11:37
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Views: 788
Posted By James Shields
I agree.

I agree.
Forum: Up To Date Travel Information 22-05-2018, 10:58
Replies: 11
Views: 1,149
Posted By James Shields
Is this something that could have been prevented?...

Is this something that could have been prevented? It seems worrying that something apparently very minor causes so much disruption.
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 15-05-2018, 10:42
Replies: 5
Views: 657
Posted By James Shields
Wow!

Wow!
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 04-05-2018, 09:49
Replies: 10
Views: 1,197
Posted By James Shields
Hang on, if it might happen ten years from now,...

Hang on, if it might happen ten years from now, shouldn't there at least be some sort of feasibility study in the government's 22 year development plan?



I respectively disagree. It's not just...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 01-05-2018, 13:35
Replies: 10
Views: 1,197
Posted By James Shields
Possibly the first time he has acknowledged he's...

Possibly the first time he has acknowledged he's heard of the project!

I don't believe it will ever get built as long as FG and/or FF are in power.
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 26-04-2018, 13:27
Replies: 10
Views: 1,197
Posted By James Shields
Minister to host discussion on public transport policy

https://www.rte.ie/news/2018/0426/957392-transport/



I don't suppose RUI could get an invite to these discussions? Are the passengers considered a "stakeholder"?
Forum: Rail Users Ireland Canteen 17-04-2018, 10:14
Replies: 2
Views: 1,276
Posted By James Shields
I think he's just shocked that he actually got a...

I think he's just shocked that he actually got a seat, and doesn't want to give it up in case he never gets one again...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 16-04-2018, 14:27
Replies: 10
Views: 1,668
Posted By James Shields
Not just connections. There are direct trains...

Not just connections. There are direct trains from Dundalk and Drogheda to Bray, but the TVMs don't offer any destinations south of Pearse.

Would it be unreasonable to expect the TVMs to make it...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 05-04-2018, 10:06
Replies: 2
Views: 948
Posted By James Shields
Similar problem in Drogheda. I can get a direct...

Similar problem in Drogheda. I can get a direct train from Drogheda to Lansdowne Road, but the automatic ticket machine can't sell me a ticket to that destination (when I've had to, I've bought a...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 31-03-2018, 18:09
Replies: 8
Views: 1,523
Posted By James Shields
I'm torn on this. I think the Ireland 2040...

I'm torn on this.

I think the Ireland 2040 project lacks ambition for the main development plan for the country for the next 22 years. It leaves out a number of key projects such as DART...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 23-03-2018, 11:19
Replies: 8
Views: 1,523
Posted By James Shields
I think the idea of an interchange station at...

I think the idea of an interchange station at Whitworth (presumably they can't call it Phibsborough because the name is already taken by the Green Line) is the one good part of this plan.

Any idea...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 23-03-2018, 08:52
Replies: 62
Views: 5,749
Posted By James Shields
It gets worse... From Irish Times, "Dublin...

It gets worse...

From Irish Times, "Dublin Metro may require homes to be demolished (https://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/dublin-metro-may-require-homes-to-be-demolished-1.3437105)":



So...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 22-03-2018, 15:58
Replies: 62
Views: 5,749
Posted By James Shields
So it looks like the Charliemont Metro station is...

So it looks like the Charliemont Metro station is sub-surface, and the connection to the Green line is between Darthmouth Road and Northbrook Road. That gives about 80m to get from tunnel mouth to...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 21-03-2018, 20:33
Replies: 8
Views: 1,523
Posted By James Shields
It's all about appearing to do something without...

It's all about appearing to do something without ever doing anything, isn't it? I don't believe the current government has any intention of ever building Metro.

I hope one day we'll have a...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 16-03-2018, 15:42
Replies: 18
Views: 2,492
Posted By James Shields
In other countries, trains can lock out front or...

In other countries, trains can lock out front or rear doors at stations with short platforms. It's a shame the ICRs don't have such a facility.
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 15-03-2018, 13:45
Replies: 18
Views: 2,492
Posted By James Shields
I've seen the Enterprise turned around in as...

I've seen the Enterprise turned around in as little as 10 minutes in Connolly, but I presume that's under exceptional circumstances. It's one thing to do quick turnarounds on an occasional basis, but...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 02-03-2018, 10:40
Replies: 62
Views: 5,749
Posted By James Shields
I can't argue with that. I totally agree that...

I can't argue with that.

I totally agree that urgent action is needed to fix Irish Rail, but instead the government has been doing its best to drive them out of business. Realistically, the...
Forum: DART 26-02-2018, 16:12
Replies: 11
Views: 1,173
Posted By James Shields
I would say bad idea for DART. Not necessarily...

I would say bad idea for DART. Not necessarily bad idea for Ireland.

If we were looking at electrifying Dublin-Belfast and Dublin-Cork/Limerick, having stock that can operate on the electrified...
Forum: DART 26-02-2018, 15:35
Replies: 11
Views: 1,173
Posted By James Shields
Crossed posts with Mark... Most of the dual...

Crossed posts with Mark...

Most of the dual mode trains in use in other countries are long distance passenger or freight trains, and in many cases they have a small diesel generator so they can...
Forum: DART 26-02-2018, 15:09
Replies: 11
Views: 1,173
Posted By James Shields
I see in France the SNCF B 82500 class EDMUs can...

I see in France the SNCF B 82500 class EDMUs can operate on diesel, 1500V DC, or 25kV AC. That would certainly allow our main lines to be electrified on a phased basis, while still serving low...
Forum: DART 26-02-2018, 11:50
Replies: 11
Views: 1,173
Posted By James Shields
Thanks for the info. I see they are in use in a...

Thanks for the info. I see they are in use in a number of other countries.

Does anyone have experience of travelling on a bi-mode train? I'd be interested to hear how smooth the change-over process...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 26-02-2018, 10:46
Replies: 62
Views: 5,749
Posted By James Shields
I think there's no doubt the Indo has a long...

I think there's no doubt the Indo has a long running anti-rail/anti-public transport stance, which certainly colours their view of projects like this.

I do also think we've had a bit of an...
Forum: DART 25-02-2018, 20:41
Replies: 11
Views: 1,173
Posted By James Shields
The speculation or the concept is a bad idea? I...

The speculation or the concept is a bad idea?

I know in the UK and other countries DEMUs are quite common, with a Diesel generator powering electric motors. It doesn't seem a huge stretch to have a...
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