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Belmond Grand Hibernian Launch (Ireland)

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The BELMOND Grand Hibernian began it's maiden voyage around Ireland on Tuesday 30th August 2016, Setting of from Heuston station, Dublin at 1420hrs bound for Kent station, Cork. The train will visit Cork, Killarney, Galway, Westport , Waterford & Belfast over the course of seven days before departing Dublin Heuston each Tuesday and returning the following Monday.

For the first trip of the Belmond Grand Hibernian, Passengers arrived for the train at 1400hrs, Whom were led into the station by a piper onto Platform 2, Where they were then greeted with some local traditional Irish dancing & music. The passengers for the first trip are part of ''The Society of International Railway Travellers'', A group who were founded in 1983 by Owen and Eleanor Hardy from Louisville, Kentucky in the United States.

For it's first trip on the mainline in revenue earning service after it's 20 month refurbishment & trials across the network, 201 Class GM Locomotive No.226 was at the helm with Heuston based Loco Driver , Ray Kenna alongside Westport based Train Guard, Noel Enright. Dedicated liveried locomotive 216 will join the train in the near future as it undergoes some more trials before re-entering service with the train.

PHOTOS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE LINK BELOW:
https://its.smugmug.com/Railtours/2016-Railtour-Photos/Belmond-Grand-Hibernian-Launch/i-wHjdjpP

Belmond Grand Hibernian Formation:
IRL - BEL - 55 60 99 - 87 104 - 3 (IE 7601) - Generator Car ''Carlow''
IRL - BEL - 55 60 89 - 87 110 - 2 (IE 7130) - Crew Acc. ''Donegal''
IRL - BEL - 55 60 76 - 87 001 - 8 (IE 7116) - Cabins ''Fermanagh''
IRL - BEL - 55 60 76 - 87 002 - 6 (IE 7158) - Cabins ''Leitrim''
IRL - BEL - 55 60 76 - 87 002 - 8 (IE 7129) - Cabins ''Waterford''
IRL - BEL - 55 60 76 - 87 003 - 4 (IE 7149) Cabins ''Down''
IRL - BEL - 55 60 76 - 87 004 - 2 (IE 7137) - Cabins "Kerry"
IRL - BEL - 55 60 88 - 87 101 - 2 (IE 7171) - Dining (Formal) ''Sligo''
IRL - BEL - 55 60 88 - 87 102 - 0 (IE 7169) - Dining (Casual) ''Wexford''
IRL - BEL - 55 60 89 - 87 103 - 7 (IE 7104) - Observation Car ''Kildare''
 
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