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Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 30-01-2020, 18:15
Replies: 56
Views: 30,140
Posted By dowlingm
Getting 50mph Tara traffic off the Belfast...

Getting 50mph Tara traffic off the Belfast mainline (and allowing the Drogheda-Navan branch to be put into neglect and rustage) would be handy though,...
Forum: Galway - Limerick - Waterford - Rosslare 30-01-2020, 18:07
Replies: 7
Views: 1,263
Posted By dowlingm
Waterford-Limerick Junction gets a shoutout

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2020/jan/29/10-europes-best-rural-train-rail-journeys-branch-lines
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 25-01-2020, 11:27
Replies: 6
Views: 1,293
Posted By dowlingm
I would agree that a Drogheda Enterprise stop...

I would agree that a Drogheda Enterprise stop makes sense unless the bridge is twinned (seems unlikely), and I doubt local politicians would sit still for it being dropped even if it was.

As for...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 10-01-2020, 03:27
Replies: 6
Views: 1,293
Posted By dowlingm
High speed rail... feasibility study... maybe

From the proposed deal to restore Stormont
https://sluggerotoole.com/2020/01/10/we-have-a-piece-of-paper-it-looks-like-a-stormont-deal-tbc/

Good news for Parsons or whichever consulting shop gets...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 20-10-2019, 01:59
Replies: 4
Views: 1,745
Posted By dowlingm
Toronto is the closest Canadian equivalent to an...

Toronto is the closest Canadian equivalent to an American city in respect to crime and it is by no means common to see police/special constables at each station or anything like it. Missouri has a...
Forum: Dublin Cork 02-09-2019, 16:30
Replies: 9
Views: 6,582
Posted By dowlingm
Big changes in the housing market since the prior...

Big changes in the housing market since the prior Charleville trial (and that trial was only commuter not intercity from Dublin) but it’s hard to shake the “nope we tried it once and it failed end...
Forum: Dublin Cork 31-08-2019, 15:03
Replies: 9
Views: 6,582
Posted By dowlingm
With the new platform at the Junction, and using...

With the new platform at the Junction, and using the 1700 express timings, an 0600 departure could serve the Junction at 0726, arrive Mallow at 0758 and assume the current Mallow commuter departure...
Forum: Commuter Services 31-08-2019, 14:07
Replies: 10
Views: 3,523
Posted By dowlingm
wouldn’t be so urgently needed if the 2700s were...

wouldn’t be so urgently needed if the 2700s were serviceable, the idea of acquiring UK stock hadn’t been a dead end, and meanwhile the announced 41 22K middle units are still years from delivery...
Forum: Intercity and Regional 27-08-2019, 00:49
Replies: 3
Views: 1,957
Posted By dowlingm
Waterford is the redheaded stepchild at the...

Waterford is the redheaded stepchild at the Junction :D
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 25-08-2019, 19:18
Replies: 103
Views: 37,365
Posted By dowlingm
All the carry on about Ennis-Collooney and money...

All the carry on about Ennis-Collooney and money spent on tarmacing a swathe of Ardrahan while Athlone-Mullingar went with barely a whimper. I fancy the latter will be regretted more in the long run...
Forum: Up To Date Travel Information 24-08-2019, 17:36
Replies: 11
Views: 3,668
Posted By dowlingm
Perhaps the "we have to wait for the annual...

Perhaps the "we have to wait for the annual schedule change" will be deployed here. IE have made a mess of small changes in the past - like the Alan Kelly Express - so caution on the destination...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 21-07-2019, 14:30
Replies: 103
Views: 37,365
Posted By dowlingm
The balancing of Dublin's growth can come from...

The balancing of Dublin's growth can come from strengthening western and southern urban centres, but Athenry-Claremorris is the middle or end of that process, not the beginning.

Athlone-Mullingar...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 19-02-2019, 03:28
Replies: 64
Views: 22,725
Posted By dowlingm
Can't even get an 0600 toward Cork/Limerick....

Can't even get an 0600 toward Cork/Limerick. Running one to Sligo seems a bit much!
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 27-06-2018, 02:53
Replies: 13
Views: 7,560
Posted By dowlingm
Examiner piece from 2006 when Seamus Brennan...

Examiner piece from 2006 when Seamus Brennan opened this can of worms
https://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/brennan-lifts-restrictions-from-free-travel-passes-10444.html
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 29-09-2016, 20:05
Replies: 12
Views: 7,580
Posted By dowlingm
What's with the peak on the 0800 Greystones being...

What's with the peak on the 0800 Greystones being Sydney Parade? UCD?
Forum: Concerts and Sport Specials 10-07-2016, 14:27
Replies: 32
Views: 36,973
Posted By dowlingm
what makes you think they made money? That's the...

what makes you think they made money? That's the basis of the rest of your post.
Forum: Dublin Belfast 09-07-2016, 20:46
Replies: 25
Views: 12,286
Posted By dowlingm
This one?...

This one? http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/1950/act/12/section/64/enacted/en/html

The mail pier doesn't exist any more surely? :D
Forum: Luas Discussion 28-06-2016, 03:10
Replies: 31
Views: 12,865
Posted By dowlingm
Here in Toronto the tramway used to be laid in a...

Here in Toronto the tramway used to be laid in a very basic fashion but it got hammered by use especially by the post-PCC trams. Now the concrete is laid in layers and rubber pads used for vibration...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 14-03-2016, 19:28
Replies: 3
Views: 3,045
Posted By dowlingm
Belfast Transport Hub (Great Victoria Street redevelopment)

This popped into my twitter feed this morning

http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/infrastructure/single-view/view/belfast-transport-hub-planning-underway.html

So, is this generally good news for...
Forum: Up To Date Travel Information 28-12-2015, 22:52
Replies: 11
Views: 4,995
Posted By dowlingm
Used public transport in Christmas Day, operating...

Used public transport in Christmas Day, operating on Sunday schedule (https://www.ttc.ca/News/2015/December/1218_Holiday_Sched.jsp), to get an express bus...
Forum: Dublin Belfast 20-12-2015, 18:46
Replies: 35
Views: 15,306
Posted By dowlingm
Exactly. The real issue is that they weren't...

Exactly. The real issue is that they weren't cleared and used years ago rather than deploying 29Ks every so often.
Forum: Dublin Belfast 17-12-2015, 02:34
Replies: 35
Views: 15,306
Posted By dowlingm
How many of these Newry passengers are there to...

How many of these Newry passengers are there to be perturbed at this point? Is this actually worthwhile or just kept going to suit political or IE managerial whims?
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 15-11-2015, 15:44
Replies: 7
Views: 3,980
Posted By dowlingm
Irish Rail information technology hits new low

It seems the arrivals display in Heuston runs on Windows XP. To be fair, the jagged UI graphics and colour scheme on the arrivals display itself have the look of how RTE would show sports scores...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 12-11-2015, 05:04
Replies: 26
Views: 7,967
Posted By dowlingm
Ah, should have remembered Belview worked like...

Ah, should have remembered Belview worked like that. Thanks for the explanation!
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 04-11-2015, 03:08
Replies: 26
Views: 7,967
Posted By dowlingm
that's interesting - had considered a crossover...

that's interesting - had considered a crossover at Dunkitt but thought the ETS issue a showstopper. Is there a practical distance limit between the ETS token being received and the start of the...
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