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Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 31-10-2019, 17:50
Replies: 14
Views: 566
Posted By berneyarms
The potential GB stock was Class 185 units that...

The potential GB stock was Class 185 units that were coming off lease from Transpennine Express (TPE), not pacers.

These would have been suitable units, but there has been slippage in the rollout of...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 23-09-2019, 06:46
Replies: 96
Views: 28,062
Posted By berneyarms
You do realise that IE are constrained in what...

You do realise that IE are constrained in what they can and cannot do by what funding they receive from the government via the NTA.

Almost everything youíre blaming them on requires capital funding...
Forum: Longford-Maynooth-Dunboyne-Clonsilla-Dublin line 19-09-2019, 17:40
Replies: 11
Views: 1,243
Posted By berneyarms
Problem with that is that you need to get the...

Problem with that is that you need to get the Longford or Mullingar driver who drives the 17:17 back to Longford within his hours. There are always going to be some operational constraints like this...
Forum: Longford-Maynooth-Dunboyne-Clonsilla-Dublin line 19-09-2019, 17:36
Replies: 11
Views: 1,243
Posted By berneyarms
Itís probably dictated by the need to get the...

Itís probably dictated by the need to get the train and driver back to Dublin without requiring additional resources?
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 29-03-2019, 07:33
Replies: 6
Views: 2,650
Posted By berneyarms
Unless I am misreading things, DART punctuality...

Unless I am misreading things, DART punctuality dropped in February but rose back up in March so Iím not sure where youíre getting the basis of your ďsteady deterioration in punctualityĒ?

Jan...
Forum: Gorey-Arklow-Wicklow Line 05-03-2019, 08:40
Replies: 28
Views: 32,261
Posted By berneyarms
Well letís be honest the current rolling stock...

Well letís be honest the current rolling stock crisis is down to NTA inaction and dithering.

The late delivery of the footbridge and direct interchange at Broombridge was down to NTA funding delays...
Forum: Gorey-Arklow-Wicklow Line 03-03-2019, 17:45
Replies: 28
Views: 32,261
Posted By berneyarms
I think you forget that the NTA is responsible...

I think you forget that the NTA is responsible for all capital funding now - perhaps ask them?
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 17-02-2019, 11:26
Replies: 64
Views: 17,581
Posted By berneyarms
Again that would depend on staff availablilty. A...

Again that would depend on staff availablilty. A Longford starter into Sligo would require basing more drivers there.

Presumably this service uses existing driver resources at Connolly where...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 15-02-2019, 12:40
Replies: 64
Views: 17,581
Posted By berneyarms
Iím sure they have an idea of how many passengers...

Iím sure they have an idea of how many passengers used it and are using it. More than you or I.

This frankly is a pointless argument without having hard data.

All it is based on is one observation...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 15-02-2019, 11:20
Replies: 64
Views: 17,581
Posted By berneyarms
You simply donít know that unless you know the...

You simply donít know that unless you know the actual numbers arriving into Sligo. And you donít know what they are (nor do I), but I am no fan of these sorts of sweeping comments without actually...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 15-02-2019, 10:44
Replies: 64
Views: 17,581
Posted By berneyarms
But how many were on the train as it arrived into...

But how many were on the train as it arrived into Sligo which frankly would be the main market. Iíd assume it picks numbers up from Mullingar westward.

It gives a 10:15 arrival into Sligo which...
Forum: All stops to Thurles 29-01-2019, 14:25
Replies: 9
Views: 3,841
Posted By berneyarms
Nothing to do with ticketing is ever...

Nothing to do with ticketing is ever straightforward - we will have to wait and see what happens.
Forum: All stops to Thurles 29-01-2019, 14:25
Replies: 9
Views: 3,841
Posted By berneyarms
Expressway is a commercially operated service -...

Expressway is a commercially operated service - it receives no subsidy, so no need for quotation marks.

I donít see how that could work in practice - youíd have other operators up in arms over...
Forum: All stops to Thurles 28-01-2019, 21:46
Replies: 9
Views: 3,841
Posted By berneyarms
Sallins is within the short hop zone, the...

Sallins is within the short hop zone, the boundaries of which were re-set so that they would be on an equal distance basis on each line from Dublin (Balbriggan, Kilcock, Sallins and Kilcoole).

Where...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 18-11-2018, 14:58
Replies: 13
Views: 5,619
Posted By berneyarms
It was at a talk at some point that a member of...

It was at a talk at some point that a member of CME staff said that the Mark 4 sets were under too much pressure. As I understand it there are 6 sets in daily use, the sixth coming out later in the...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 17-11-2018, 19:52
Replies: 13
Views: 5,619
Posted By berneyarms
Post There arenít any Mk 4 sets in storage. They are...

There arenít any Mk 4 sets in storage. They are all in use on rotation.

As I understand it the maintenance requirements were too tight previously so hence less sets are now in daily use.

ICR covers...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 16-11-2018, 18:46
Replies: 13
Views: 5,619
Posted By berneyarms
Isnít this simply recruiting for a replacement...

Isnít this simply recruiting for a replacement for Jim Meade (now CEO) in the Director, Railway Undertaking role (basically head of railway operations), albeit with a different title?
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 10-11-2018, 21:00
Replies: 64
Views: 17,581
Posted By berneyarms
Out of interest, what would you have done? I...

Out of interest, what would you have done?

I donít think closing removing most of stops at a station would go down well locally.
Forum: Commuter Services 06-11-2018, 14:16
Replies: 4
Views: 3,496
Posted By berneyarms
Well thatís an issue for the NTA to decide upon.

Well thatís an issue for the NTA to decide upon.
Forum: Commuter Services 06-11-2018, 12:42
Replies: 4
Views: 3,496
Posted By berneyarms
Oranmore-Galway is classed as an Intercity...

Oranmore-Galway is classed as an Intercity journey and is priced accordingly.

All the other journeys you list are within the suburban fares matrices which receive a higher level of subsidy.
Forum: Commuter Services 17-10-2018, 13:50
Replies: 22
Views: 5,618
Posted By berneyarms
As I suggested above - 2700s and ICR options...

As I suggested above - 2700s and ICR options vetoed by the NTA.

An utterly shambolic approach to investment in the railways and dealing with the rolling stock shortage.
Forum: Commuter Services 15-10-2018, 20:01
Replies: 22
Views: 5,618
Posted By berneyarms
As far as Iím aware the 2700 refurb is on hold...

As far as Iím aware the 2700 refurb is on hold and may not even happen, and I am pretty sure that the 41 extra ICR coaches was vetoed by the NTA.

Rolling stock (or more precisely the lack of any new...
Forum: Nenagh Line 08-10-2018, 18:59
Replies: 6
Views: 5,197
Posted By berneyarms
Track relaying I believe.

Track relaying I believe.
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 16-09-2018, 06:35
Replies: 64
Views: 17,581
Posted By berneyarms
That was from Friday and the reason was that a...

That was from Friday and the reason was that a number of services operated by one train were cancelled due to either no driver being available or a mechanical fault with the train itself. Other...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 14-09-2018, 18:47
Replies: 64
Views: 17,581
Posted By berneyarms
Not sure that a timetable change would resolve...

Not sure that a timetable change would resolve ďan operational issueĒ that caused some trains not to operate - that suggests either no driver or a mechanical issue with the train that was to operate...
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