28th September 2008
Society of Ireland
|Locos Used||NIR 112 & steam: 186|
 : RPSI Cravens set (load 5 plus generator van)
 : RPSI mark 2 set (load 5 plus generator van)
|Train 1||112||||Dublin Connolly - Howth Junction - Skerries - Drogheda - Dundalk|
|Local Trip 1||112||||Dundalk - Drogheda|
|Local Trip 1||112||||Drogheda - Dundalk|
|Train 1||186||||Dundalk - Drogheda - Skerries - Howth Junction - Dublin Connolly|
|Train 2||186||||Whitehead - Belfast Central - Lisburn - Portadown - Dundalk|
|Local Trip 2||186||||Dundalk - Drogheda|
|Local Trip 2||186||||Drogheda - Dundalk|
|Train 2||112||||Dundalk - Portadown - Lisburn - Belfast Central - Whitehead|
(1) These trips where run to commemorate the 50th the anniversary of the GNR(I) works in Dundalk. It essentially consisted of four different trips, one from Dublin to Dundalk and back, one from Whitehead/Belfast to Dundalk and back. During the layover two local trips were run for local residents from Dundalk to Drogheda and back. It was originally intended to use steam locomotive No.4 on the legs that were ultimately worked by NIR 112. However, No.4 was failed a few weeks before the tour so the NIR diesel was substituted. This tour also marked the first time that the RPSI operated a full set of Cravens coaches in preservation. RPSI Carriages Nos.1949, 88, 351 and 1541 were on display in the bay platform at Dundalk. Nos.1949 and 88 were there as examples of Dundalk built carriages, 351 is the Irish State coach while 1541 was there to launch the RPSI's new blue livery for its Cravens carriages. On display outside was former GNR(I) AEC Regent Bus 438 and a traction engine in steam.
Source : Neil Brennan
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