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Forum: Commuter Services Yesterday, 16:53
Replies: 5
Views: 196
Posted By James Shields
Translation: it's not going to be addressed until...

Translation: it's not going to be addressed until IE find some more money. :-)

Living in hope that when they fix the floors, they will add better sound insulation.
Forum: Commuter Services Yesterday, 09:54
Replies: 5
Views: 196
Posted By James Shields
The floors on these units also look a bit iffy....

The floors on these units also look a bit iffy. Plenty of places where it's been patched together, and the odd spot that seems a little bouncy underfoot.

It also bugs me how IE seem to go out of...
Forum: Up To Date Travel Information 20-11-2017, 16:00
Replies: 2
Views: 86
Posted By James Shields
Thanks Mark, How does this work for a season...

Thanks Mark,



How does this work for a season ticket on a Leap card?
Forum: Commuter Services 27-10-2017, 13:01
Replies: 15
Views: 1,685
Posted By James Shields
I had also heard the myth about Croke Park, so I...

I had also heard the myth about Croke Park, so I took a look, and there are structures that look somewhat like platforms, but I think they are just concrete supports to hold the stadium up. The...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 15-03-2017, 10:20
Replies: 9
Views: 2,048
Posted By James Shields
Sunday Service on St Patrick's Day

It may be a holiday, but I suspect it's one when a lot of people are travelling to parades and festivals, and many still have to work. Irish Rail have posters up encouraging people to use the train...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 19-01-2017, 10:22
Replies: 4
Views: 2,109
Posted By James Shields
However, while you need to book standard bikes,...

However, while you need to book standard bikes, there is no such requirement for folding bikes. The bike rack is handy if available, but if it's in use there are several other places to store a...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 18-01-2017, 11:01
Replies: 4
Views: 2,109
Posted By James Shields
I presume you mean storage areas on trains? It...

I presume you mean storage areas on trains? It depends on the train you are taking.

Enterprise and Mk4s have luggage racks at the end of each coach. I find my folded bike doesn't quite fit under the...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 21-12-2016, 16:39
Replies: 10
Views: 2,898
Posted By James Shields
Irish Times: Iarnród Éireann strongly criticised over attitude to safety

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/iarnr%C3%B3d-%C3%A9ireann-strongly-criticised-over-attitude-to-safety-1.2914516
Forum: Commuter Services 14-12-2016, 09:39
Replies: 62
Views: 11,910
Posted By James Shields
I quite agree. There's nothing more annoying than...

I quite agree. There's nothing more annoying than when a northern line train gets held for a Malahide DART, which can easily add 15 minutes to the arrival time at the destination.



I think the...
Forum: Commuter Services 13-12-2016, 10:48
Replies: 62
Views: 11,910
Posted By James Shields
Considering the service has to mesh with services...

Considering the service has to mesh with services out of Heuston, the Maynooth line and the Northern line, and problems on any of those lines could have a knock on affect, I can see a certain amount...
Forum: Commuter Services 12-12-2016, 14:28
Replies: 62
Views: 11,910
Posted By James Shields
I got the 16:40 from GCD to Newbridge on Friday,...

I got the 16:40 from GCD to Newbridge on Friday, as it happened to suit my weekend plans. Although we were about 5 mins late departing, and stopped at Heuston platform 10 for a couple of minutes, the...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 19-09-2016, 10:09
Replies: 305
Views: 106,862
Posted By James Shields
I agree. Broombridge currently has very low usage...

I agree. Broombridge currently has very low usage at present. If the new station works, the majority of users are likely to be transferring between Luas and Commuter Train (and hopefully eventually...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 15-09-2016, 11:50
Replies: 12
Views: 4,705
Posted By James Shields
If I'm not mistaken, the suspension of most of...

If I'm not mistaken, the suspension of most of the modern stock can track the weight the train is carrying along its journey, so it shouldn't be very hard to estimate how many passengers (or at least...
Forum: Longford-Maynooth-Dunboyne-Clonsilla-Dublin line 15-09-2016, 11:45
Replies: 20
Views: 2,843
Posted By James Shields
How costly will it be to bring the 2700s back...

How costly will it be to bring the 2700s back into service? Considering they've had several refurbishments and always seem to cause problems, is this a case of throwing good money after bad?

I know...
Forum: Longford-Maynooth-Dunboyne-Clonsilla-Dublin line 12-09-2016, 10:43
Replies: 20
Views: 2,843
Posted By James Shields
I have to agree. IE seem to pay very little...

I have to agree. IE seem to pay very little attention to the suitability of a given train for a particular journey.

29Ks should not be on any journey over 90 mins, and ideally should be avoided for...
Forum: Dublin Belfast 30-08-2016, 15:45
Replies: 261
Views: 43,150
Posted By James Shields
Surely trains should be able to terminate in...

Surely trains should be able to terminate in Clongriffin on platform 2, allowing both northbound and southbound trains to pass?

James
Forum: All stops to Thurles 28-07-2016, 16:25
Replies: 61
Views: 12,804
Posted By James Shields
In the same way that computer applications expand...

In the same way that computer applications expand to fill the available memory and disk space, it's also true that mobile phone applications expand to consume the phone's available power! It's very...
Forum: All stops to Thurles 28-07-2016, 10:27
Replies: 61
Views: 12,804
Posted By James Shields
Agreed. I've had too many experiences of my phone...

Agreed. I've had too many experiences of my phone being on its last legs as I board a plane to ever risk travelling without a paper boarding card!

James
Forum: All stops to Thurles 26-07-2016, 11:43
Replies: 61
Views: 12,804
Posted By James Shields
So, getting back to the original topic... Grand...

So, getting back to the original topic...

Grand Canal Dock is now using platform 1. Platform 2 has a buffer and only connects in a northerly direction. This is all that's needed to facilitate...
Forum: All stops to Thurles 22-07-2016, 14:25
Replies: 61
Views: 12,804
Posted By James Shields
For an experiment (and because I needed to go...

For an experiment (and because I needed to go there), I took a DART from Grand Canal Dock to Howth.

I tagged on as normal, but when I tagged off in Howth if didn't consider I'd tagged on, so charged...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 22-07-2016, 10:00
Replies: 30
Views: 6,328
Posted By James Shields
An interesting argument. I agree that the...

An interesting argument.

I agree that the Interconnector should be higher priority than Metro North, however I don't agree that it has to be an either/or.

I think Dublin needs a solution to its...
Forum: All stops to Thurles 19-07-2016, 11:56
Replies: 61
Views: 12,804
Posted By James Shields
It knows I tagged off in Drogheda. It knows I...

It knows I tagged off in Drogheda. It knows I tagged on in Bray. It should also know that the only way I could get to Drogheda is on the Pearse-Drogheda route covered by my P2P card, and only charge...
Forum: DART 19-07-2016, 10:20
Replies: 8
Views: 2,839
Posted By James Shields
I do like the way in the UK (depending on the...

I do like the way in the UK (depending on the company running the station), train announcements generally include "This train is formed of X coaches." Also, they will generally designate which end of...
Forum: All stops to Thurles 19-07-2016, 10:07
Replies: 61
Views: 12,804
Posted By James Shields
If I get the 16:50 from Bray to Drogheda, how...

If I get the 16:50 from Bray to Drogheda, how would I tag off at Pearse? Is the system not smart enough to recognise when I tag off at Drogheda and charge me only for the part my P2P ticket doesn't...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 19-07-2016, 09:47
Replies: 10
Views: 2,908
Posted By James Shields
Not just potential stations, I would worry about...

Not just potential stations, I would worry about alignments, and possible widening of existing alignments. A lot of land next to the Northern line was developed in the '90s and '00s that will make...
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