Photos from Ireland - June 2016

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Evening folks,

As part of the strategy to increase the length of freight trains, Iarnrod Eireann operated a 18 wagon Timber Train from Waterford to Limerick on Wednesday 1st June hauled by 215. Currently the maximum length of Timber trains is 12 wagons, the next stage of the project is to operate a 27 wagon container train over the same route.

Click http://smu.gs/1Pkgpft to view.


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Friday 3rd June 2016:
The 1220 Cork - Heuston failed in Cork prior to departure this afternoon. The fault was first suspected to be locomotive related (232), but after a change of locomotive with the standby at Cork (231) the fault didn't clear and GC 4007 was were the defect was located.
The MKIV set required hauling to Inchicore for repairs and departed Cork at 1530 being hauled by 231 and I managed to photograph it at Kilbride Bridge near Portarlington.

Other photos from today include the delayed 1700 Heuston - Cork passing Ballybrophy and the 1655 Limerick - Ballybrophy via Nenagh at Borris-in-Ossory.

Click http://smu.gs/24naesD to see all the images from the day.



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Afternoon folks,

There has been several updates to the website over the past couple of days.

These include:

- June Gallery with pictures from a very sunny Muckross House, Steam Enterprise from Whitehead to Dublin, Lispole Viaduct on the former Tralee and Dingle railway, 22035 at Farranfore on the South Kerry Line with the 1305 Tralee - Heuston and finally some images from the Laois and Kildare areas which includes an unusual MKIV formation currently operating.
Click http://smu.gs/1PLgglu to view.

- Update to the North Kerry Line. A visit to Barnagh Tunnel on Bank Holiday Monday, now part of the Great Southern Trail.
Click http://smu.gs/219Zmha to view.

The other galleries consist of photos from:
- Killarney Bike Fest.
- Dingle and Fungie the Dolphin.
- Crag Cave in Castleisland.
Click http://smu.gs/1ZzfsjH to view each of the above.

All of the galleries can also easily be accessed by going to the home page at http://thewandererphotos.smugmug.com




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Evening all,

077 and 087 are in Portarlington this evening for the top and tailed HOBS train this weekend for the Ballast Cleaning between Sallins and Hazelhatch on Saturday.

Click http://smu.gs/1XLRMvq to view.


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Evening folks,

Some photos taken over the past few days:

Includes:
- Limerick Jct.
- Limerick.
- Portarlington.

Click http://smu.gs/1Q1O8e1 to view.


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Evening folks,

A collection of general pictures from last Thursday to Monday while out and about for the Emerald Isle Explorer.
- Connolly
- Recent track alterations at Grand Canal Dock.
- Rosslare Europort.
- Enniscorthy
- Portarlington
- Limerick
- Charleville
- Cork
- Killarney
- Mallow
- Lisduff
- Laois Train Care
- Portlaoise
- Connolly
- Dromod
- Longford

Click http://smu.gs/28M5nNp to view.






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Tuesday 21st June 2016:
Delays through Portlaoise due to a trespasser and Belmond nominated 216 finally runs on the main line with a short trial to Hazelhatch.

Clixk http://smu.gs/28QvhiW to view.


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Photos from yesterday and today have now been uploaded to the June gallery.

Wednesday 22nd June 2016:
A trip to Killenard in the late afternoon to photo 215 working the 1140 Ballina - North Wall IWT Liner plus various passenger train services.

Thursday 23rd June 2016:
Just before lunch time I got a tip off that 216 was being scrambled from Inchicore to Kildare to replace 088 which was having trouble on the 1130 Waterford - Westport Timber. A last minute trip to Kildare ensured to see 216 arrive and be shunted onto the timber train. It left 30 minutes late at 1445 for Portarlington and onwards to Westport.

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A visit to Cherryville Jct. in the evening time while en route to Newbridge.
Click http://smu.gs/28SYrQc to view.


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The project to extend freight train lengths continued on Monday 27th June when a 27 bogie (54 TEU's) liner wagon trial operated from North Wall to Ballina. NI Railways Locomotive (8)209 was allocated to the Liner and it departed from North Wall ontime at 2045.

I photographed the train at Stacumny Bridge on the Dublin / Kildare border and also at Monasterevin Station. Click https://thewandererphotos.smugmug.com/2016Photos/June-2016/i-RWcNQPw to see the pictures and videos of the freight train trial.

I must say it was a very impressive sight and hopefully will become a common feature on the Irish Railway Network.


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Evening all,

Photos from the past few days have now been uploaded to the June gallery.

Includes:

- General liveried 231 and 233 both working Heuston - Charleville services last Saturday.
- Photos of Limerick - Ennis services around Cratloe.
- Scart Level Crossing on the Nenagh Branch.
- Limerick Station with a 4ICR using the train wash at the depot.
- Some more views of passing passenger trains at Stacumny Bridge on Monday night.
- Green liveried 216 at Kildare on Tuesday with the Waterford to Ballina Timber.

Click http://smu.gs/29lIznI to view.








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Good morning folks!

Updates from the past few days have now been uploaded to the website.

The June Gallery comes to a close with:

Wednesday 29th June 2016:
A visit to Straboe to see 231 working the 1700 Heuston - Cork and 22033 on the 1705 Heuston - Tralee.

Thursday 30th June 2016:
Pictures from:
- Portlaoise.
- Portarlington.
- Inchicore.
- Heuston.
- Tara Street.
- Grand Canal Dock.

Click http://smu.gs/29znZk6 to view.

Also on Thursday evening tram 4003 was used for testing on the Red Line between the temporary turnback at Abbey Street and The Point / Connolly. This section has been closed since the 21st May while LUAS Cross City construction works took place on O'Connell Street and Marlborough Street.
The tram was used to make sure the new crossovers and turnouts were all within gauge and also to prove the route along the rest of the line. Some interesting obstructions were found upon along the way!
Click the link to find out more! http://smu.gs/29c1nsG
Most of the images in this update to the LUAS Red Line Gallery have also been copied over to the LUAS Cross City Gallery for the sake of completeness of those construction works.




 
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