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Unread 17-07-2007, 07:51   #1
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Default [16/07/2007] Westport/Ballina Services

The 12:40 arrived 1hr 30mins late into Ballina yesterday. By the time the 17:55 from Ballina got to Manulla we were waiting for about 20mins, no announcements (Well there isn't a PA system there anyway!) for the Westport train to arrive. Stopped at a level crossing outside Castlerea, no announcements either. Crossed the downtrain at Knockcroghery, that was late too. Further delay at Tullamore, this time we had 2 announcements, this was due to a signalling problem apparently. At this stage the train was 30mins late but made it to Heuston only 10mins late. Appology over the PA on arrival.

Any reason why atleast 3 services were delayed yesterday?
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Unread 17-07-2007, 08:33   #2
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I would seem that lightning caused a problem with signalling somewhere near Knockcroghery. Occasionally lightning strikes can play havoc with electric signalling: happened on the Cork line many moons ago.
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Unread 17-07-2007, 18:41   #3
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The 1310 from Westport also got overtaken by the 15:05 from Galway, which was on time, when it got to Tullamore, for a change. So that was at least 4 trains late.

Looked like the 17:50 back to Galway might have been very late as it was waiting for the Mayo train to get in....
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It can be a nightmare when lightening strikes signal points having said that disruption to mayo services could have been much worst. It was not too long ago a couple of years that a lightening strike hit the signal point at clonsilla overnight and as a result there were no trains the following day until five o clock the next day.
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The new fangled computerised signalling is quite sensitive to lighting strikes
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The new fangled computerised signalling is quite sensitive to lighting strikes
coupled with the single track business, put everything a few hours late for the day.

Does it take all day to fix?

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Looked like the 17:50 back to Galway might have been very late as it was waiting for the Mayo train to get in....
We passed that outside Athlone alright, normally where the Bank Holiday Monday Ballina - Dublin pulls in.

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