17th November 1990

Irish Traction Group
The Last Resort

Locos Used IE : 071
NIR : 101, 102, 111 & 112
Stock Used NIR: 917+548+923+933+931+935+913
EMU's used 8109+8309 & 8122+8322

Route :
B152 : Bray to Bangor
B437 : Bangor to Portrush
B444 : Portrush to Belfast Central
A141 : Belfast Central to Dublin Connolly

Loco(s) Route
112 Bray - Dun Laoghaire - Dublin Connolly - Howth Junction - Drogeda - Dundalk - Newry - Lisburn - Dunmurray - Belfast Central
102 (1) Belfast Central - Holywod - Helen's Bay - Bangor
101 Bangor - (reverse of outward route) - Belfast Central
071 + 111 Belfast Central - Dunmurray - Lisburn - Crumlin - Antrim - Ballymena - Coleraine - Portrush
071 + 111 Portrush - (reverse of outward route) - Belfast Central
101 + 111 (2) Belfast Central - (reverse of outward route) - Dundalk
111 (2) Dundalk - (reverse of outward route) - Dublin Connolly (4)

Notes :
(1) NIR 102, which had suffered collision damage at one end, was authorised to haul the train one way only, from Belfast Central to Bangor.
(2) Special was attached to service train A141, making the stock between Belfast & Dublin load 13.
(3) Gordon Lacy comments: As double heading (with 071/111 class) was forbidden in Eire, it was a rare opportunity to have a pair on Northern Irish metals. The railtour was also unusual, in that for the return journey, the stock was attached to the front of the 17:00 service train. Additionally, 101 piloted the combined train to Dundalk.
(4) Passengers from Dublin Connolly to Dun Laoghaire for the return ferry used service train E273 (19.25 Howth to Bray service) formed of units 8122+8322+8109+8309, this booked Dun Laoghaire connection being held to await the delayed A141 service train working.

Sources : Jonathan Wilcox & Gordon Lacy

Photo Review


101 waits departure with train B437 from Bangor (photo: Gordon Lacy)


071 + 111 shunting the stock off B437 at Portrush (photo: Gordon Lacy)


Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Gordon Lacy)

Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual
Bray 07.05d ?  
Dun Laoghaire 07.19a ~ 07.25d ??.?? ~ 07.34  
Dublin Connolly 07.39a ~ 07.45d 07.44 ~ 07.47   19.20a 19.44
Howth Junction 07/52 07/53   19/13 19/36
Malahide 07/56 07/59   19/08 19/33
Rush & Lusk ? 08/03   19/04 19/29
Skerries 08/04 08/06   19/00 19/25
Balbriggan 08/08 08/09   18/56 19/22
Mosney 08/12 08/12   18/52 19/18
Laytown ? 08/13   18/51 19/17
Drogheda 08/18 08.18 ~ 08.20   18.44a ~ 18.45d 19.09 ~ 19.11
Dundalk 08/40 08/39   18L15a ~ 18L20d 18.34 ~ 18.45
Newry 08.56a ~ 09.02d 08.54 ~ 09.00   17.57a ~ 17.58d 18.12 ~ 18.14
Poyntzpass 09/10 09/07   17/49 18/02
Portadown 09.22a ~ 09.24d 09.19 ~ 09.21   17.36a ~ 17.37d 17.49 ~ 17.50
Lurgan 09/31 09/28   17.28a ~ 17.29d 17.39 ~ 17.40
Moira 09/37 09/33   17/22 17/31
Lisburn 09.44a ~ 09.46d 09.41 ~ 09.41   17.14a ~ 17.15d 17.22 ~ 17.23
Dunmurray 09/51 09/46   17/09 17/17
Botanic ? 09/51   17.02a ~ 17.03d 17.09 ~ 17.10
Belfast Central 09L58a 09.54   17.00d 17.05

 

Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual
Belfast Central 10L10d 10.10   11.20a 11.22
Holywood 10/22 10/21   11/13 11/14
Helen's Bay 10/32 10/29   11/07 11/07
Bangor 10L40a 10.36   11L00d 11.00

 

Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual
Belfast Central 11L45d 11.45   15.58a 16.03
Dunmurray 11/52 12/00   15/51 15/56
Lisburn 11/57 12/05   15/46 15/53
Ballinderry 12/07 12/14   15/36 15/45
Crumlin 12/14 12/20   15/29 15.36 ~ 15.37
Antrim 12/24 12/30   15/20 15/24
Magherabeg Loop 12x32 ~ 12x38 12.38 ~ 12.40   15/13 15/17
Ballymena 12p46a ~ 12p57d 12.49 ~ 12.57   15x04 ~ 15x07 15/11
Ballymoney 13/20 13/12   14/41 14.47 ~ 14.48
Coleraine 13/30 13.22 ~ 13.24   14/31 14.34 ~ 14.36
Portrush 13.41a 13.34   14.20d 14.21

Timings continue in first table.

E273 19.25 Howth to Bray service train

Location Booked Actual
Dublin Connolly 19.46d 19.56 [P7]
Dun Laoghaire 20.06a 20.14

Ferry Connection - 'St Columba'

Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual
Holyhead 03.15d 03.12   00.15a 00.09
Dun Laoghaire 06.45a 06.45   20.45d 20.45


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