18th May 1991

Southern Railtours
The Foynes Phoenix

Locos Used main tour : IE 124, 127, 129, 163 & 170
additional : IE 126 & 132
Stock Used B601: load 7
B410: load 13
EMU's Used on additional : 8310+8110+8311+8111

Route :
B410 : Belfast Central to Foynes
B610/A150 : Foynes to Belfast Central
(Train code assumed to have changed at Dublin Connolly)

Loco(s) Route
??? Belfast Central - Dundalk - Dublin Connolly
127 + 163 Dublin Connolly - North Strand Jn - Islandbridge Jn - Portarlington - Athlone - Athenry - Ennis - Limerick Check (2)
170 Limerick Check - Foynes
170 Foynes - Limerick Check
124 + 129 Limerick Check - Limerick Jn Direct Curve - Ballybrophy - Portarlington - Islandbridge Jn - North Strand Jn - Dublin Connolly
??? Dublin Connolly Dundalk Belfast Central

Notes:
(1) Originally uploaded as having been operated by the Irish Traction Group however Derek Thompson has corrected this, commenting that he thinks the I.T.G. simply acted as ticket agents. This has also been confirmed by Gordon Lacy.
(2) Train was booked to reverse at Limerick but due to late running reversed at Limerick Check instead.
(3) An additional train was run to get passengers to/from the overnight ferry into Dun Laoghaire as below. It is reported that the 20.04 train from
Dublin Connolly to Dun Laoghaire was in fact the 19.44 but running late (this has since been confirmed by Gordon Lacy). Chris Wall comments: it was definitely a special as it ran in to the bay at Dun Laoghaire - used only for such workings at the time. There then ensued a very rapid embarkation onto the 20.45 ferry.

Route :
B600 :
Dublin Connolly to Dun Laoghaire
B601 : Dun Laoghaire to Dublin Connolly
B610 :
Dublin Connolly to Dun Laoghaire
B611 : Dun Laoghaire to
Dublin Connolly

Trains Traction Route
B600 126 + 132 Dublin Connolly - Dun Laoghaire
B601 126 + 132 Dun Laoghaire - Dublin Connolly
B610 EMU as listed Dublin Connolly - Dun Laoghaire
B611 EMU as listed Dun Laoghaire - Dublin Connolly

Sources : Paul Griffin (joined/left the train at Dublin Connolly & was on the additional workings)
Howard Harrison, Chris Wall & Gordon Lacy


Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Paul Griffin, Howard Harrison & Gordon Lacy)

Main train :

Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual
Belfast Central 06.40d ?   22.40a ?
Botanic ? ?   22.36a ~ 22.37d ?
Lisburn 06.52a ~ 06.53d ?   22.26a ~ 22.27d ?
Lurgan 07.06a ~ 07.07d ?   22.11a ~ 22.12d ?
Portadown 07.16a ~ 07.17d ?   22.02a ~ 22.04d ?
Poyntzpass 07/29 ?   21/50 ?
Newry 07.38a ~ 07.39d ?   21.37a ~ 21.42d ?
Dundalk 07.57a ~ 08.02d ?   21.19a ~ 21.20d ?
Dunleer 08/15 ?   ? ?
Drogheda 08.26a ~ 08.27d ?   20.54a ~ 20.55d ?
Mosney 08/34 ?   20/47 ?
Balbriggan 08/38 ?   20.41a ~ 20.42d ?
Skerries 08/42 ?   20.34a ~ 20.35d ?
Rush 08/46 ?   20/29 ?
Malahide 08/50 ?   20/25 ?
Howth Junction 08/55 ?   20/21 ?
Dublin Connolly 08.02a ~ 09.25d ??.?? ~ 09.40   19.35a ~ 20.15d 19.53 ~ ??.??
Islandbridge Jn ? 09.52a ~ 09.57d   ? 19/44
Inchicore 09/40 10/01   19/16 19.40a ~ 19.42d
Hazelhatch 09/48 10/10   19/08 19/33
Sallins 09/55 10/17   19/01 19/26
Newbridge 10/02 10/23   18/54 19/19
Kildare 10/07 10/28   18/50 19/16
Portarlington 10.19a ~ 10.20d 10.39 ~ 10.40   18.35a ~ 18.36d 19.02 ~ 19.03

 

Location Booked Actual
Geashill 10/31 10/51
Tullamore 10/39 11/00
Clara 10/46 11/07
Clonydonnin 10/56 11/16
Athlone 11/06 11/28
Ballinasloe 11/22 11.47 ~ 12.30
Woodlawn 11/34 12/42
Athenry 11.48a ~ 11.54d 13/00
Gort 12/30 13/33
Ennis 13/05 14/05
Limerick Check ? 14.45 ~ 14.55
Limerick 13.45a ~ 13.55d DIV
Foynes 15.05a ~ 15.30d 15.50 ~ 16.14
Limerick Check 16.40a ~ 16.55d 17.20 ~ 17.27
Killonan 17/01 17/35
Dromkeen 17/09 17/43
Limerick Junction (direct curve) 17/20 17/56
Thurles 17.44a ~ 17.45d 18.20 ~ 18.22
Ballybrophy 18/08 18/39
Portlaoise 18/24 18/53

Timings continue in first table.

Additionals :

Train ID B600 B601   B610 B611
Location Booked Actual Booked Actual   Booked Actual Booked Actual
Dublin Connolly 06.55d ? 07.40a 07.49   19.44d 20.04 20.25a ?
Pearse 07/00 ? 07/35 07/46   19/50 20/06 20/20 ?
Dun Laoghaire 07.10a ? 07.25d 07.33   20.00a 20.17 20.10d ?


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