Sorry for dragging up an old topic but:
There was a 2600 class sitting in Ballina last week, I was told it is to enter service soon. Didn't see it today when I got in from Dublin as the timber and container trains were using the 2 other lines so I presume its either disappeared or put on the Crossmolina Siding the far side of the station. They are also adding in an extra bit of track at the Ballina/Westport end of Manulla making it possible to run around the train to put the LOC at the front/back as appropriate. Is it not a bit late when that operation will be redundant with a DMU?