The Wanderer's 2019 photos

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    Evening folks,

    We kick off the 2019 season with photos from Portlaoise, Limerick Jct., Limerick and Nenagh. The North Tipperary Rail Community had their annual outing from Nenagh Station today to Limerick for Limerick-on-Ice with about 90 people travelling on the 1655 from Limerick to Ballybrophy.

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    A small update to the January gallery today with photos from Limerick and Ballybrophy.

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    Evening folks,

    Tuesday 8th January 2019:
    Pictures from Portlaoise as the sun was setting on 22050 as it arrived into the station, with an additional picture from Limerick after I alighted from the 1530 service from Heuston.

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    Today's photos shows the ongoing work at Limerick Jct. in construction of the new Down Main Platform and a relic from the past at Limerick with a CIE 20ft container on a liner flat.

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    Latest update to the January gallery featuring:

    Thursday 10th January 2019:
    An unusual visitor to Laois Traincare Depot in the form of track recording car 700.

    Saturday 12th January 2019:
    18 photos from a trip from Portlaoise to Dublin with images from Heuston, Connolly and the Docklands of Dublin.

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    Evening folks,

    Photos from the first part of this week consist of:

    Monday 14th January 2019:
    While waiting for my train, I noticed that platform end fencing has appeared at Portlaoise, even the disused bay platform was treated.

    Tuesday 15th January 2019:
    Pictures from Portlaoise and near Thurles today, highlight being Belmond Grand Hibernian 216 working a Cork passenger diagram.

    Wednesday 16th January 2019:
    While having to make a quick sortie to the Dublin Docklands on Wednesday evening, I managed to get some photos from The Point, Spencer Dock, Mayor Square and some evening time photos at Heuston Station prior to catching my train home.

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    Saturday 19th January 2019:
    Today had been long marked in for a ramble around the south and west part of the IE network, but I found myself having to make changes as a short notice trip to South Wales cropped up for the next few days.

    So instead of the planned circular trip from Limerick to Waterford - Kildare - Athenry - Ennis and Limerick I found myself heading from Nenagh at 0740 to Ballybrophy, Portlaoise, Portarlington, Clara, back to Portarlington before heading south to Portlaoise, Limerick Jct. , Limerick and Ennis, before retracing my steps to Thurles to be collected for a road trip to Rosslare (getting there by train or bus from Munster is a PITA these days).

    Despite some miserable weather in the Midlands which wasn't great for photos it was good to venture to parts of the network I haven't been to for a while.

    Highlights include seeing both up and down IWT liners and a 6pce 2800 on the Limerick Jct. shuttle in connection with a Rugby match at Limerick.

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    A short notice trip to South Wales cropped up in early January which saw me spending four days west of Cardiff for a family event this week.

    Unusually for me, I decided to bring the car across on the Stena Europe instead of travelling foot passenger or flying. This opportunity enabled me to do some lineside photography at various locations in the Cardiff area and towards Fishguard.

    Photos from the trip include:
    - Rosslare Europort.
    - Stena Europe.
    - Fishguard.
    - Whitland.
    - Pontyclun.
    - Llantrisant Level Crossing
    - Margam Yard.
    - Tondu.
    - Pontypridd.
    - Barry Island.
    - Ferryside.

    Highlights include steel freight trains from Margam, the Murco tanker train and the Network Rail New Measurement Train (HST).

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    Afternoon all,

    The latest images from January have been uploaded to the website featuring:

    Wednesday 23rd January 2019:
    After alighting from the Stena Europe, 22053 arrived at Rosslare Europort on the 1333 from Connolly.

    Saturday 26th January 2019:
    Over the weekend of the Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th January, all Maynooth and Sligo services were diverted to operate over the Midland Great Western line via Newcomen Jct. instead of the normal booked route via Drumcondra over the Great Southern and Western Line due to engineering works at Glasnevin Jct. Pictures are from various locations on the Midland line in Dublin.

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    Evening folks,

    Pictures from the last week of January feature:

    Monday 28th January 2019:
    Today's pictures come from a sunny, but cold Portlaoise.

    Tuesday 29th January 2019:
    Two pictures from today at Portlaoise and Limerick. The 1400 Heuston - Cork service had the Irish President Michael D. Higgins onboard.

    Wednesday 31st January 2019:
    Pictures today come from Ballybrophy and Limerick Jct.

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    Since my last visits in April 2011 and June 2015 the Tralee and Blennerville railway continues to decay. Parts of the trackbed have disappeared under a forest of weeds and in some cases trees with parts of Ballyard Station in Tralee being the worst.

    Back in my 2015 visit I reported on the then newly formed Tralee & Dingle Railway Preservation Society attempts to reopen the railway. Sadly little if no progress has been made and their website hasn't been updated since 2015. It is unclear what future direction the railway will take.

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    Evening folks,

    We start off the February gallery with:

    Friday 1st February 2019:
    A few images from Limerick today as in was in the city for a few hours.

    Saturday 2nd February 2019:
    A couple of pictures from around the Killarney area.

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    Wednesday 6th February 2019:
    A varied selection of images today comes from
    - Rosskelton to see the 3+5ICR on the 1000 Heuston - Cork,
    - Portlaoise with 079 arriving from Carlow with an empty materials train
    - Limerick Jct. to see the latest progress on the new Down Platform there.

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    I had business in Dublin on Friday afternoon so once that was out of the way I went over to Pearse to see the recent developments there with the roof renewal. After sampling the 1641 GCD - Hazelhatch service between Pearse and Parkwest (most seats in the carriage I was in were occupied), I doubled back to Heuston on the 1625 Portlaoise - Heuston to catch the 1800 Heuston - Cork to Ballybrophy for the Nenagh branch connection. An interesting, if a little convoluted way of getting across the city.

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    Saturday 9th February 2019:

    I ventured on a circular trip today from Nenagh to Galway, outward via Portarlington and returning via the Western Corridor to Limerick. Pictures come from:
    - Ballybrophy
    - Portlaoise
    - Portarlington. Includes Belmond liveried 216 passing on a Cork service.
    - Athlone where we passed retro Irish Rail liveried 073 on the North Wall bound IWT liner.
    - Galway
    - Athenry
    - Ennis
    - Limerick, including images of the disused Foynes / Cement Factory Siding.

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    Morning folks,

    Some pictures from a trip to Athlone yesterday at Kildare, Portarlington and Athlone.

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    Evening folks,

    Pictures from today come from Killonan Jct. and locations on the Nenagh Branch between Lisnagry and Nenagh with a mini-chase of the 1655 Limerick - Ballybrophy.

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    The latest photos from the start of this week have now been uploaded to the February gallery.

    Monday 18th February 2019:
    Just one image today from Limerick where TRV 700 was stabled after earlier working from Kildare via Athenry.

    Tuesday 19th February 2019:
    I was in Dublin this afternoon and as I was waiting around to attend the IRRS Library evening, I did some travelling around during the evening peak to observe operations.
    Photos come from:
    - Phoenix Park Tunnel (includes 234 on the IWT liner, Connolly - Heuston - Connolly ICR transfer and off peak Grand Canal Dock services).
    - Connolly.
    - Tara Street.
    - Pearse.
    - Grand Canal Dock.
    - Heuston.

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    Afternoon folks,

    Pictures from the tail end of this week feature:

    Friday 22nd February 2019:
    Today's pictures come from Portlaoise and Limerick Jct. with images of the Sperry Train on test and progress on the new Down Platform at Limerick Jct.

    Saturday 23rd February 2019:
    An early start this morning to travel to Dublin from Thurles for another Institution of Railway Operators tutorial at Connolly Station. Pictures come from Heuston, Connolly, Broombridge and Abbey Street.

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    It's been a quiet week on the picture front this week but I managed a handful of shots at Limerick, Ballybrophy and Portlaoise over the past two days. Highlight being 083 on the Sperry Train and Track Recording Car 700 at Limerick.



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    We kick off the March gallery with:

    Saturday 2nd March 2019:
    Dublin - Cork services were suspended between Charleville and Cork on this day for panel relaying around the 133 milepost. Mallow passengers were bused to/fro, Charleville while Cork passengers were bused to/from Thurles.

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    This weeks photos start off with a trip from Nenagh to Dublin today:

    Photos come from:
    - Nenagh.
    - Ballybrophy.
    - Heuston.
    - Connolly.
    - Thurles.

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    Evening folks,

    I'm down in Drogehda for the night so managed to grab a few images on the journey up to here today.

    Features:
    - Nenagh.
    - Ballybrophy
    - Heuston
    - Connolly
    - Drogheda

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    Evening all,

    The last of the images from my trip to Drogheda have now been uploaded to the March Gallery. The main highlight today was capturing 085 passing the station with the 1038 North Wall - Dundalk Sperry Train movement. Other pictures today come from:

    - Connolly, Adamstown and Ballybrophy.

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    Evening folks,

    Pictures from the past few days have now been uploaded to the website with two updates tonight:

    - March gallery sees images from:
    Friday 8th March 2019:
    Friday's pictures come from Connolly, Portadown and Adelaide during an organised visit to the nearby Depot. Later in the day I headed down the East Coast from Adelaide to Arklow.

    Sunday 10th March 2019:
    Pictures from the Vale of Avoca of the morning up and down Rosslare services. Later in the day I ventured to Ferrycarrig outside Wexford to capture the 1420 Rosslare Europort - Connolly just before it entered the tunnel.

    Click https://goo.gl/4NAr47 to view.

    IRO visit to NI Railways Adelaide Adelaide Motive Power Depot and Train Driving Simulator
    The second update features the aforementioned visit to Adelaide Motive Power Depot on a trip organised by the Institution of Railway Operators Irish Council to see how they maintain their 4000 class fleet and we also paid a visit to the driving simulator.

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    Afternoon folks,


    Photos from Wednesday and this morning have just been uploaded to the March gallery:

    Wednesday 13th March 2019:
    Pictures from Ballybrophy and of the River Shannon in flood between Clonmacnoise and Shannonbridge.

    Sunday 17th March 2019:
    A trip to Lisduff on the Laois / Tipperary border to view some of the morning trains bound for Dublin including the 0815 Killarney - Connolly GAA Special and the 0710 Tralee - Cork diverted to Heuston.

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    Evening folks,

    It's been a busy week with a lot travelling from one end of the country to the other but not much time for photographs:

    Wednesday 20th March 2019:
    Pictures from this day come from Drogheda where we see 083 being fuelled on the service slab at the depot. Later in the day I had to drive to Belfast and the timing was perfect to stop at the Egyptian Arch and Craigmore Viaduct outside Newry to photograph the 1650 Dublin Connolly - Belfast Lanyon Place Enterprise service passing by.

    Saturday 23rd March 2019:
    While in Killarney for the weekend I popped out to Faghcullia near Killarney to photo the 1135 Mallow - Tralee passing.

    Sunday 24th March 2019:
    While heading home after the weekend in Killarney, I stopped off at Maddam's Hill and Currans to photograph the 1710 Tralee - Cork and 1750 Tralee - Heuston.

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    Evening folks,

    A round up of pictures from this week so far:

    Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th March 2019:
    Pictures of the 1425 Cork - Heuston passing through Portlaoise, with the bonus on Tuesday of it being propelled by Belmond Grand Hibernian liveried 216.

    Wednesday 27th - Friday 28th March 2019:
    Pictures from the latter part of the working week come from Ballybrophy, Lmerick Jct. and Limerick. We see the latest progress on the new platform at Limerick Jct. and Tamper 743 stabled at Limerick.


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    Evening folks,

    Pictures from Wednesday of this week feature:

    We start off the April gallery with a trip from Limerick to Heuston station onboard the 0855 service. I arrived into Limerick station about 30 minutes prior to departure and was able to observe the first arrivals from Galway, Thurles and Birdhill (Nenagh) come into the station.

    Later in the day there are a handful of images from Heuston, Ballybrophy and Nenagh.

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    The other update is images of the Belmond Grand Hibernian's first outing of 2019 with a trip to Thurles. Click https://bit.ly/2CYwQMc to view all the images.

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    A short notice trip to London popped up on Friday 5th April, when I had the opportunity to attend the Institution of Railway Operators Annual Members Lunch near Moorgate.

    Outside of this event (which I didn't get any snaps of), myself and a fellow colleague and enthusiast managed to pack in a fair amount of spotting into the limited free time we had available.

    Pictures from the day come from:
    - Shannon.
    - London Heathrow.
    - Southall.
    - London Paddington. Retro Intercity Livery 43185 photgraphed.
    - Kings Cross / St. Pancras Underground.
    - Moorgate Northern Line and Northern City Line platforms where we stumbled upon a brand new Class 717 in service.
    - Harringay.
    - Harringay Green Lanes to sample the temporary Class 378's working the GOBLIN route.
    - Blackhorse Road with some freights, including a Class 56 on a Ford Train.
    - Oxford Circus.
    - Lambeth North.
    - London Waterloo International Platforms.
    - Clapham Jct.
    - West Brompton.
    - Earls Court.
    - Barons Court.
    - Acton Town.

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