7th October 1989

Irish Traction Group
The Irish MV

Locos Used IE : 016
NIR : 103, 106 (ex CIE 227) & 108 (ex CIE 230)
Stock Used 3173+1540+1520+1551+1513+1531

Route :
B260 : Dun Laoghaire to Lisburn
??? : Lisburn to Belfast Central Bangor
B261 : Bangor Belfast Central to Dun Laoghaire

Loco Route
016 Dun Laoghaire - Dublin Connolly - Howth Junction - Drogheda - Dundalk - Portadown - Lisburn
103 Lisburn - Crumlin - Antrim
103 Antrim - Bleach Green Jn - Belfast York Road
108 Belfast York Road - Bleach Green Jn - Carrickfergus - Larne Harbour
108 Larne Harbour - Carrickfergus - Bleach Green Jn - Belfast York Road
103 Belfast York Road - Bleach Green Jn - Antrim - Ballymena
103 Ballymena - Antrim - Crumlin
103 + 106 Crumlin - Lisburn - Dunmurray - Belfast Central
016 Belfast Central - Dunmurray - Lisburn - (reverse of outward route) - Dun Laoghaire

Notes :
(1) Gordon Lacy comments: An interesting Irish railtour! Metro-Vick 106 should have worked the train from Lisburn to York Road and back, but had problems starting!  We were very fortunate that Hunslet 103 had just been made fit enough to work, and this substituted for the ailing 106.  Once started, 106 set off to relieve 103 at Antrim, but failed en route at Crumlin!  However, after another bout of battering, it was fit enough to pilot the Hunslet from there on to Belfast Central where the train train was terminated! We were destined to wait a long time to get Bangor 'in the book' (see 'The Last Resort' 17/11/90!).

Sources : Jonathan Wilcox & Gordon Lacy

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Gordon Lacy)

Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual
Dun Laoghaire 07.25d 07.26   19.55a 20.03
Dublin Connolly 07.42a ~ 07.45d 07.43 ~ 07.45   19.39a ~ 19.41 19.50 ~ 19.52
Malahide 07/55 07/55   19/27 19/36
Drogheda 08/18 08/14   19/05 19.08 ~ 19.09
Dundalk 08/42 08/35   18.38a ~ 18.42d 18.41 ~ 18.44
Newry 09.02a ~ 09.06d 08.54 ~ 08.59   18/23 18/26
Poyntzpass 09/14 09/08   18/16 18/18
Portadown 09.26a ~ 09.29d 09.24 ~ 09.28   18.03a ~ 18.04d 18.05 ~ 18.05
Lurgan 09/36 09/37   17/57 17/57
Moira 09/42 09/43   17/52 17/49
Lisburn 09L50a ~ 10L05d 09.51 ~ 10.03   16.16a ~ 17.45d 16.26 ~ 17.43

 

Location Booked Actual
Ballinderry 10/15 10/15
Crumlin 10/22 10/28
Antrim 10.32a ~ 10.40d 10.38 ~ 10.56
Bleach Green Jn 11/30 11/34
Belfast York Road 11L37a ~ 12L00d 11.45 ~ 12.00
Bleach Green Jn 12/07 12/09
Greenisland 12/10 12/12
Carrickfergus 12.14a ~ 12.20d 12.17 ~ 12.21
Whitehead 12/27 12/30
Magheramorne Loop 12/33 12/37
Larne Harbour 12.40a ~ 12.46d 13.05 ~ 13.12
Magheramorne Loop 13/12 13/19
Whitehead 13/18 13/25
Carrickfergus 13/24 13/31
Greenisland 13/28 13/35
Bleach Green Jn 13/31 13/38
Belfast York Road 13L37a ~ 14L00d 13.46 ~ 14.00
Bleach Green Jn 14/07 14/07
Antrim 15.00a ~ 15.07d 14.49 ~ 14.53
Ballymena 15.21a ~ 15.36d 15.12 ~ 15.26
Antrim 15/50 15.47 ~ 15.48
Crumlin 16/00 16L00 ~ 16L05
Ballinderry 16/07 16/15

Timings continue in first table.

Stena Sealink Crossings:

Ferry Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual
St Columba Holyhead 03.15d 03.16   00.15a 00.15
Dun Laoghaire 06.45a 06.44   20.45d 20.50


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