9th March 1991

Irish Traction Group
The Beet Route

Locos Used IE : 027 & 056, NIR : 104 (ex- CIE 216)
Stock Used 3176+1517+1507+1529+1549+1530+1531+1555+1544
EMU's Used at least 8104+8304, 8121+8321 & 8134+8334

Route :
B776 : Bray to Athlone Midland
B777 : Athlone Midland to Kildare Dublin Heuston
B554 : Dublin Heuston Kildare to Waterford
(1) B6?? : Waterford to Dublin Connolly (1)
B555 : Waterford to Dublin Connolly

Headcode Traction Route
E790
????
(2) Additional: EMU sets 8134+8334
or service train: EMU sets ???
Bray - Dun Laoghaire - Dublin Connolly
B776 104 Dublin Connolly - Glasnevin Jn - Clonsilla - Maynooth - Mullingar - Moate - Athlone Midland
B776 104 Athlone Midland - Tullamore - Portarlington - Cherryville Jn - Kildare (3)
B554 027 Kildare - Athy - Levistown North Jn - Levistown West Jn - Kilkenny
B554 027 Kilkenny - Levistown West Jn - Levistown South Jn - Thomastown - Waterford
B555 056 (4) Waterford - Thomastown - Levistown South Jn - Levistown West Jn - Kilkenny
B555 056 Kilkenny - Levistown West Jn - Levistown North Jn - Athy - Kildare - Islandbridge Jn - Glasnevin Jn - Dublin Connolly
E690 8121+8321+8104+8304 Dublin Connolly - Dun Laoghaire

Notes :
(1) The Barrow Bridge (between Waterford & Wellington Bridge) suffered serious collision damage from a cargo vessel on Thursday 7th, effectively closing the rail route for some months, necessitating a revised return route for the charter. The original booked route for train B6?? was: Waterford - Wellington Bridge - Rosslare Harbour - Wexford - Bray - Dun Laoghaire - Dublin Connolly however this was then revised to: B555 Waterford - Kilkenny - Limerick Junction - Portarlington - Kildare - Dublin Connolly. Due to late running however on the day, this was further revised to Waterford - Kilkenny - Athy - Kildare - Dublin Connolly.
(2) The stock was delayed, still unserviced, in Dublin Heuston carriage sidings. Due to this delay, the train was to start from Dublin Connolly, and a special (2 car) EMU run in its path from Bray.  This proved to be insufficient for the number of passengers and many had to use the following service train. The train was then inexplicably held in Connolly, being held to follow the 08:40 Sligo service.
(3) Due to the extra delays incurred, the second stage of the tour was terminated at Kildare, the loco change taking place there instead of Dublin Heuston.
(4) The booked locos for the final stage, Waterford - Dublin, 121+133 had been despatched to Dublin Heuston earlier in the day in error. Further delay took place as there was no pilotman immediately available & the revised return time of 16:40 was revised once more, to 17:30
(5) Stena Sealink very kindly held their ferry departure from Dun Laoghaire, as the train terminated at Dublin Connolly and a 4 car DART EMU was provided from there for ferry passengers. Vouchers were issued to passengers towards the eventual re-run of this train.

Sources : Jonathan Wilcox & Gordon Lacy

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Gordon Lacy)

Location Booked Actual
Bray 07.20d CANX
Dun Laoghaire 07.34a ~ 07.36d CANX
Dublin Connolly 07.48a ~ 07.50d 09.03 [P1]
Clonsilla 08/06 09/26
Maynooth 08.16a ~ 08.17d 09.39 ~ 09.40
Enfield 08/30 09x57 ~ 10x20
Killucan 08/50 10/41
Mullingar 09p02a ~ 09p07d 10.53 ~ 11.00
Moate 09p37a ~ 09p42d 11.30 ~ 11.36
Athlone Midland 10.00 ~ 10.10 11.56 ~ 12.07
Clonydonnin 10/22 12x28 ~ 12x28
Clara 10/32 12/38
Tullamore 10/42 12/47
Geashill 10/52 12/56
Portarlington 11/04 13/06
Kildare 11/17 13L23 ~
Newbridge 11/21 CANX
Sallins 11/28 CANX
Hazelhatch 11/36 CANX
Inchicore 11/44 CANX
Dublin Heuston 11L50a ~ 12L15d CANX
Inchicore 12/20 CANX
Hazelhatch 12/28 CANX
Sallins 12/36 CANX
Newbridge 12/43 CANX
Kildare 12/47 ~ 13L44
Cherryville Jn 12/52 13/50
Athy 13/04 14/06
Carlow 13/16 14/20
Bagnalstown 13p30a ~ 13p40d 14.32 ~ 14.33
Kilkenny 14.00 ~ 14.10 14.54 ~ 15.07
Thomastown 14/25 15x26 ~ 15x56
Waterford 14L55a ~ 15L15d 16.27 ~ 17.33
Campile 15/27 CANX
Ballycullane 15/33 CANX
Wellington Bridge 15p39a ~ 15p50d CANX
Bridgetown 16/03 CANX
Rosslare Strand 16/15 CANX
Rosslare Harbour Pier 16.21a ~ 16.35d CANX
Rosslare Strand 16/43 CANX
Wexford 17p03a ~ 17p15d CANX
Enniscorthy 17p35a ~ 17p40d CANX
Gorey 18p10a ~ 18p15d CANX
Arklow 18/30 CANX
Rathdrum 18/45 CANX
Wicklow 18/55 CANX
Greystones 19.10 ~ 19.11 CANX
Bray 19.20a ~ 19.21d CANX
Dun Laoghaire 19.32a ~ 19.35d CANX
Thomastown DIV 18/18
Kilkenny DIV 18.36 ~ 18.45
Bagnalstown DIV 19/03
Carlow DIV 19x16 ~ 19x21
Athy DIV 19/33
Cherryville Jn DIV 19/49
Kildare DIV 19/52
Newbridge DIV 19/56
Sallins DIV 20/03
Hazelhatch DIV 20/09
Inchicore DIV 20/18
Dublin Connolly 19.50a 20.37

DART additional E790

Location Booked Actual
Bray 07.20d 07.20
Dun Laoghaire 07.34a ~ 07.36d 07.34 ~ 07.35
Dublin Connolly 07.48a 08.07 [P6]

DART additional E690:

Location Booked Actual
Dublin Connolly 20.45d 20.43 [P5]
Dun Laoghaire 20.57a 20.56 [Bay]

Stena Sealink Crossings:

Ferry Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual
Stena Cambria Holyhead 03.15d 03.24   00.15a 00.40
Dun Laoghaire 06.45a 06.49   20.45d 21.12


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