Train Split at Athlone?
I am travelling from Dublin Heuston to Ballina on a Monday morning soon departing Heuston at 7:35am. The journey planner states a change at Athlone and another at Manulla Junction.
From reading the timetable and searching online it appears this might not be a change but the train is split here and half goes to Galway and half to Westport. Is this correct or will I need to get off the train and wait for another train to Westport? If there is a split then it is really unclear on the journey planner
Confirmation would be appreciated
Mon-Thurs it appears there is a change of train at Athlone and Manualla Junction. This may change depending on the numbers travelling so do check before boarding
in both cases the connecting train WILL always wait for you and is on the other side of the platform so no bridges or steps required
Thanks for the response, it helps a bit with the logistics of Athlone. However I am still wondering if a split occurs with half the train going to Galway and half to Westport? Do Irish Rail split DMUs mid journey?
The journey planner shows that Mon-Thurs the train departs Heuston at 7:35am destined for Galway. This arrives in Athlone at 8:58am, departs Athlone at 9:05am and there is a connection to Westport at 9:08am.
On Fridays the journey planner shows the train departs Heuston at 7:35am but is instead destined for Westport. What happens at Athlone is similar with the train continuing to Westport at 9:08 and there is a connection to Galway at 9:05.
It seems that on Fridays they have reversed what happens with this connection Monday to Thursday but the timings all stay the same. Also because there is a 7-10minute stop in Athlone I thought perhaps the DMUs are split there. I also found some discussion on boards to that effect.
They can/have split units mid journey however in this case a second train will be in Athlone waiting. As for the wait in Athlone I expect it crosses with the 07.15 ex Westport in Athlone.
This is purely down to the loadings being much higher on Fridays on the Westport line, particularly the return working that this train operates from Westport.
There is no splitting done at Athlone any more (that stopped some years back) - the two services are separate trains - it will be a cross-platform interchange.
As above the reason for the wait in Athlone from 08:56 to 09:05 is that the train crosses with the 07:15 from Westport there.
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