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  • Caledonian Sleeper train has a number of major shortcomings

    Caledonian Sleeper train has a number of major shortcomings

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    I HAD to travel to Glasgow at short notice and decided to try out the new Caledonian Sleeper stock. As there were no cabins available, I had to travel on one of the new ‘reclining’ seats. My first impression was how fabulous the train looked, and inside the seating car layout was every bit First…

  • Downpatrick diesel gala marks 30 years of the ITG

    Downpatrick diesel gala marks 30 years of the ITG

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    STEAM gave way to internal combustion power at the Downpatrick & County Down Railway (DCDR) on October 12 as the Irish Traction Group (ITG) celebrated three decades of diesel locomotive preservation. Visitors travelled from both sides of the border, and from across the Irish Sea, to join in the celebrations, which saw ITG stock in…

  • 40 not out for RPSI steam crew

    40 not out for RPSI steam crew

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    THE Railway Preservation Society of Ireland’s two ‘Midlander’ tours from Dublin to Maynooth and back on March 18 included a ‘first’ for Irish main line steam – a steam crew with an average age of 40 years or under.  After years of concerns over the increasing age profile of the certified steam crews, Irish Rail…

  • Could Class 185s be heading for Ireland?

    Could Class 185s be heading for Ireland?

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    The sight of Class 185 DMUs working in the Irish Republic has become a strong possibility.

  • Roof renewal for Ireland’s busiest commuter station

    Roof renewal for Ireland’s busiest commuter station

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    THE Republic of Ireland’s busiest commuter station, Dublin Pearse, is to have its 1880s-built overall roof renewed as part of a €17million project by Iarnród Éireann-Irish Rail (IÉ). The iron-vaulted, glazed structure dates from the construction of the City of Dublin Junction Railway to Amiens Street in 1891, and has been suffering in recent years…

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