Tuesday 3rd January 2017: We start off the 2017 pictures with a visit to Ratheven outside Portlaoise to photograph 076 hauling failed 234 from Cork to Inchicore plus the usual MKIV and 22000 sets on passenger traffic. Click http://smu.gs/2iLRIdG to view all the images. --- old post above --- --- new post below --- Evening all, I didn't think my first train trip of 2017 would be on a 22000 set on the Nenagh branch! But that is what happened today. Due to a large number of passengers travelling to Limerick this morning on the 1005 Ballybrophy - Limerick service, mostly from Cloughjordan, which was organised by the Nenagh Rail Partnership for their annual outing to "Limerick on Ice" (Ice skating). Iarnrod Eireann decided to allocate the Limerick - Limerick Jct ICR set to the evening Ballybrophy service. I travelled north from Nenagh to Ballybrophy on it. Click http://smu.gs/2iBLyPQ --- old post above --- --- new post below --- Evening folks, Several photos from the weekend at Portarlington, Portlaoise, Ballybrophy, Birdhil, Killonan and Ennis. Click http://smu.gs/2i5BB9m to view. --- old post above --- --- new post below --- Evening folks, Monday 9th January 2017: The day starts off in Limerick before heading to Dublin to see retro CIE liveried 071 on the 0920 Tara Mines to North Wall laden working. Click http://smu.gs/2i79zz9 to view all the images. --- old post above --- --- new post below --- Evening all, A trip to Dublin this morning. Very handy when needing to go to Connolly area of the city to use the Phoenix Park Tunnel services. Pictures are from: Sallins Connolly Malahide - highlight being 085 on the afternoon Tara. Portarlington. Click http://smu.gs/2jF9xi8 to view all the photos. --- old post above --- --- new post below --- Morning all, I'm in London this weekend for a railtour on the Saturday. The first batch of images from Friday have now been uploaded to http://smu.gs/2jhyDTj The photos start at Dublin Airport and feature such exotic locations as Greenford and Stratford plus many more. --- old post above --- --- new post below --- Evening all, The next batch of photos from my weekend in London have now been uploaded to the website. The main event of the day was the Branch Line Society's "The Vossloh Voyager" which traversed three much sought after depot / yard lines and other interesting track including East Putney in both directions. The 8-coach train was formed of the two Class 455 EMUs that have been recently used as the test bed for the new Vossloh Kiepe three phase AC traction motor project – 5732 and 5870. In recognition of the special train, all profits will be donated to SWT's nominated charity, Railway Benefit Fund (RBF). A grand total of £14,500 was raised. All the photos from the railtour can be viewed at http://smu.gs/2iXMmvt The other non-railtour images from Saturday include visits to: - Clapham Jct. - Waterloo. - Stockwell. - Brixton - Kingly Court Underground Station. It's not what you think it is These can be viewed at http://smu.gs/2jetJEH --- old post above --- --- new post below --- Evening all, The final batch of images from the London trip have now been uploaded. Featuring pictures from the scene of the awful Croydon Tramlink accident on 9th November 2016, before heading to Hayes and back into London Bridge & Blackfriars for a train to Gatwick. Click http://smu.gs/2jt8CAO to view. --- old post above --- --- new post below --- Good evening folks, Tuesday 17th January 2017: There was considerable disruption to the Westport line after the 1140 Ballina - North Wall IWT Liner failed near Balla Station. It was rescued by 088 and hauled 073 and its train to North Wall. I photographed and videoed it passing Portarlington about 140 minutes late, along with a couple of ICR sets and 229 on the 1800 Heuston - Cork. Click http://smu.gs/2j6m9Ly to view all the images and video. --- old post above --- --- new post below --- Thursday 19th January 2017: A few lunchtime photos from Clonkeen, mainly to see a Mallow - Inchicore trial train. Click the picture below to see all the images. --- old post above --- --- new post below --- Friday 20th January 2017: A varied day today with pictures of an early morning Heineken Ireland Private Charter from Cork to Dublin Heuston and other pictures from Portarlington, Portlaoise, Cork, Mallow and Killarney. Click http://smu.gs/2iKvxID to view. --- old post above --- --- new post below --- Evening folks, The main events of the past two days have been the use of Belmond liveried 216 on several Dublin - Cork trains folllwoing the failure of 221 at Mallow on Saturday night. 216 was the standby loco at Cork and was pressed into service on the Sunday working: 1220 Cork - Heuston with 4006. 1900 Heuston- Cork with 4001. On Monday 23rd January the loco worked the following services: 0715 Cork - Mallow empty. 0800 Mallow - Cork 0920 Cork - Heuston 1300 Heuston - Cork 1620 Cork - Heuston. Click http://smu.gs/2iXlu2P to view the pictures and videos.