No. 134 overhaul gathering pace at Inchicore works

THE overhaul of the RPSI’s GM single cab Class 121 No. 134 by Iarnród Éireann-Irish Rail is making rapid progress at Inchicore, as the old body platework is stripped back in readiness for replacement.

The RPSI’s project manager Gerry Mooney describes the overhaul as “the biggest diesel restoration ever undertaken in Ireland”, and it is clear to see why. 

RPSI 121 class Locomotive B134 pictured in The Ramps facility of Inchicore works, Dublin. The locomotive is undergoing a complete structural rebuild to mainline standards. Picture by Gerry Mooney

Having totally rebuilt parts such as the bogies and traction motors, work has now turned to No. 134’s superstructure. 

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The structural skeleton is being retained, but virtually all of the old platework is being renewed. The cab has already been pared back to the frame alone, and will see the centre window returned to its original as-built size.

Read more in the March 2019 issue of The RM – on sale now!


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