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Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 17-11-2017, 11:46
Replies: 1
Views: 101
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, 11:14
Replies: 11
Views: 473
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, 10:38
Replies: 9
Views: 739
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: 922
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: 922
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: 682
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: 682
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: 682
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: 682
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: 3,136
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: 3,402
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: 3,402
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: 5,252
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...
Forum: Up To Date Travel Information 31-03-2017, 07:58
Replies: 19
Views: 1,274
Posted By James Howard
It sounds like a few busses got out of depots...

It sounds like a few busses got out of depots before the pickets were placed. Similarly the odd train got away first thing - the 0545 from Sligo went.
Forum: Up To Date Travel Information 28-03-2017, 16:09
Replies: 38
Views: 4,417
Posted By James Howard
For the immediate future, it doesn't seem likely...

For the immediate future, it doesn't seem likely that Dublin Bus will experience the same competitive forces that Bus Éireann are facing. So for the moment, I'd say he has no basis. Who's to say that...
Forum: Up To Date Travel Information 28-03-2017, 07:46
Replies: 38
Views: 4,417
Posted By James Howard
The Irish Times is suggesting that any balloted...

The Irish Times is suggesting that any balloted strike would not start until late next month. I can't see Bus Éireann surviving until late next week at this rate. Although, if Bus Éireann collapses...
Forum: Up To Date Travel Information 24-03-2017, 15:09
Replies: 38
Views: 4,417
Posted By James Howard
Any information on refunds for Taxsaver tickets?...

Any information on refunds for Taxsaver tickets? Technically there is a commuter service from Longford, but I wouldn't chance taking it as there is a fair possibility of not being able to get home.
Forum: Up To Date Travel Information 24-03-2017, 11:49
Replies: 38
Views: 4,417
Posted By James Howard
I guess that'll be the end of anything being done...

I guess that'll be the end of anything being done about anywhere else since in Irish Rail's eyes once Cork is all right, everything's fine.
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 23-03-2017, 13:54
Replies: 9
Views: 2,048
Posted By James Howard
I would probably take the family to Dublin from...

I would probably take the family to Dublin from Longford a few times a year if there was an earlier train. There are quite a few things for kids that start around 10 on a Saturday that the first...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 13-03-2017, 17:54
Replies: 20
Views: 3,088
Posted By James Howard
You'll always find anecdotal evidence to support...

You'll always find anecdotal evidence to support any viewpoint. Most people will chose the familiar if the option is available. If they were offered a tenner off the ticket for using the TVM, you'd...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 09-03-2017, 08:51
Replies: 20
Views: 3,088
Posted By James Howard
Lets assume that resources are limited and that...

Lets assume that resources are limited and that in the present climate the minister is unlikely to be forthcoming with more money. In this case, is it not better that Irish Rail use what resources...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 03-03-2017, 09:23
Replies: 20
Views: 3,088
Posted By James Howard
The person on the train should be in a position...

The person on the train should be in a position to provide assistance to people who need it at stations if they aren't hiding in the cab.

As for walk-up tickets - this would have to apply only to...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 01-03-2017, 14:13
Replies: 20
Views: 3,088
Posted By James Howard
I'm loath to agree with Barry Kenny on anything,...

I'm loath to agree with Barry Kenny on anything, but this is actually a pretty positive development. A staff-member is lot more use to the travelling public providing customer service on board two...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 24-02-2017, 18:24
Replies: 9
Views: 2,492
Posted By James Howard
In a word, Yes. They could object. Nobody is...

In a word, Yes. They could object. Nobody is going to want to risk contagion.
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 24-02-2017, 16:25
Replies: 9
Views: 2,492
Posted By James Howard
Whatever about the first of your assumptions, the...

Whatever about the first of your assumptions, the second is definitely not valid.

My understanding is that Irish Rail unions will not allow any extra capacity to be provided. Nor will they allow for...
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