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Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 29-12-2021, 12:31
Replies: 9
Views: 4,189
Posted By James Shields
Has there been any decision on when the expansion...

Has there been any decision on when the expansion of the electrified network will actually start?

The first new trains won't arrive until 2025. If we were to actually start electrification now, we...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 24-12-2021, 12:41
Replies: 9
Views: 4,189
Posted By James Shields
Thanks! That makes a lot of sense. As far s I...

Thanks!

That makes a lot of sense. As far s I know a 29K set is also approx 80m in length.

I'd quite like to see some full length walk-through sets (presumably 10 cars), which I think would be...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 13-12-2021, 22:48
Replies: 9
Views: 4,189
Posted By James Shields
They look good but I have a couple of...

They look good but I have a couple of questions...

The video shows 5 car sets. I thought 8 cars was the maximum for some of the stations on the commuter network. Am I wrong, or will some stations...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 06-08-2020, 16:44
Replies: 3
Views: 16,515
Posted By James Shields
These are all interesting questions, and I have...

These are all interesting questions, and I have no idea of the answer.

Annual ticket renewed in April, so I've never had occasion to use my current ticket (indeed, I believe the recommendation is...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 06-08-2020, 16:07
Replies: 3
Views: 9,474
Posted By James Shields
Fascinating ideas, though I'm having a little...

Fascinating ideas, though I'm having a little trouble visualising it. Perhaps a map would help.

You mention the Airport line. Do you mean from Clongriffin? Because to the best of my knowledge the...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 01-07-2020, 15:00
Replies: 13
Views: 24,898
Posted By James Shields
Well, I believe masks are now required on public...

Well, I believe masks are now required on public transport.

Friends using public transport report very low compliance. Lots of people seem to put it on while boarding, then either take it off or...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 01-05-2020, 19:55
Replies: 3
Views: 16,515
Posted By James Shields
It looks like commuters will get extra months...

It looks like commuters will get extra months based on the duration of the lockdown.

People who lose their jobs and need to cancel their TaxSaver tickets will be able to get a refund from the date...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 30-01-2020, 15:42
Replies: 56
Views: 66,862
Posted By James Shields
I hope this is successful, as I agree the...

I hope this is successful, as I agree the situation on the M3 is unsustainable.

However, every long distince commuter railway is testamont to the failure of successive governments to bring...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 20-01-2020, 14:29
Replies: 3
Views: 11,410
Posted By James Shields
Passengers stuck on train for two hours after break-down in Co Mayo

https://www.rte.ie/news/regional/2020/0119/1108480-trains/

As usual, IE poor at telling the passengers what's going on:

"One passenger on board told RTÉ News that communication about what was...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 20-01-2020, 12:07
Replies: 6
Views: 13,073
Posted By James Shields
I think the alternate Northern line via airport...

I think the alternate Northern line via airport is interesting, but you know politicians would interfere and insist stops be inserted to serve their communities, and we'd end up with two routes that...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 17-01-2020, 10:26
Replies: 6
Views: 13,073
Posted By James Shields
It's interesting that high speed rail comes up...

It's interesting that high speed rail comes up for discussion as the UK is leaving the EU. A cross border route between two member states would qualify for EU funding. A cross border route to a...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 08-01-2020, 14:37
Replies: 56
Views: 66,862
Posted By James Shields
I've walked along sections of the Kingscourt...

I've walked along sections of the Kingscourt line, and it's pretty much intact, but heavily overgrown in a lot of places. It has quite a few level crossings, so they would need to be rebuilt and...
Forum: Up To Date Travel Information 28-11-2019, 14:18
Replies: 5
Views: 28,483
Posted By James Shields
I presume season tickets are also valid on them?

I presume season tickets are also valid on them?
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 13-11-2019, 12:26
Replies: 2
Views: 10,902
Posted By James Shields
This is an issue that could affect tourists and...

This is an issue that could affect tourists and other travellers with non-Irish networks, and IÉ need to provide a text/phone number that's not locked to Irish networks.

A useful feature would be to...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 05-11-2019, 11:58
Replies: 2
Views: 10,772
Posted By James Shields
Taxsaver users still have to tag on, so there's a...

Taxsaver users still have to tag on, so there's a record that a journey took place, even if the destination isn't recorded.

Since the Taxsaver Leap card is identifiable, it should be easy to...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 31-10-2019, 16:47
Replies: 14
Views: 16,659
Posted By James Shields
I really thought the idea of UK stock was a bit...

I really thought the idea of UK stock was a bit far fetched. The UK have brought in quite a bit of new stock in the last few years, but most trains being replaced are close to their end of life, and...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 30-10-2019, 17:48
Replies: 14
Views: 16,659
Posted By James Shields
Well the cynical answer is simple economics. In...

Well the cynical answer is simple economics. In the original tender there were multiple bidders competing for the contract. I would assume that if there was any option for extra units in the original...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 30-10-2019, 10:47
Replies: 14
Views: 16,659
Posted By James Shields
I think I know the answer to the first question....

I think I know the answer to the first question. I believe there is the possibility of ordering additional middle coaches from Hyundai/Rotem to lengthen the 22000 sets. I believe this is only about...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 29-10-2019, 12:04
Replies: 14
Views: 16,659
Posted By James Shields
Mark on Prime Time

Here's a brief clip from Prime Time featuring Mark Gleeson talking about overcrowding and ordering more coaches.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NezzjP2ZKyE&feature=youtu.be
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 15-10-2019, 11:23
Replies: 4
Views: 10,805
Posted By James Shields
I think a lot of good points here. I have only...

I think a lot of good points here.

I have only seen a couple of incidents of anti-social behaviour, but all accounts suggest there are far too many.

I really think we need a much more visible...
Forum: DART 30-09-2019, 13:31
Replies: 6
Views: 24,931
Posted By James Shields
I've no idea if round the clock security has...

I've no idea if round the clock security has stopped, but I agree it's needed at a fairly busy interchange.
Forum: Commuter Services 27-09-2019, 11:02
Replies: 0
Views: 8,139
Posted By James Shields
Alternative "Metro Dublin" Proposal

I recently came across an alternative Metro Dublin plan, that was relaunched earlier this year, but similar to previous proposals floated based on the Madrid Metro.

In Contrast with MetroLink, it...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 10-09-2019, 10:24
Replies: 12
Views: 18,059
Posted By James Shields
I would be opposed to a complete ban on Steam...

I would be opposed to a complete ban on Steam trains running on our mainlines. Firstly, they are a tourist attraction, and secondly they bring joy to many people. Every steam train excursion delights...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 02-09-2019, 09:28
Replies: 2
Views: 10,200
Posted By James Shields
How is the pro-rata calculated on an annual...

How is the pro-rata calculated on an annual ticket?
Forum: Dublin Cork 02-09-2019, 09:22
Replies: 9
Views: 17,950
Posted By James Shields
It's hard to see how a train arriving in Cork...

It's hard to see how a train arriving in Cork before 9:00 wouldn't be viable. I'm sure there are a lot of people driving who would switch if there was a viable alternative.

There would presumably...
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