Monday, June 5, 2017

Old fogy on the line

This locomotive was at Limerick Junction yesterday.

CIE bought the GM-built 071 class locos in the 1970s.

075 locomotive was involved in the Buttevant crash in 1980. And another 071 class locomotive  pulled the ill-fated Galway Dublin Heuston train that crashed into the failed Tralee Dublin train at Cherryville Junction in 1983.

Locomotive 075 is still in service with Irish Rail, working as a maintenance train.

Lives were lost in both crashes.

Today the 17.05 service from Tralee to Dublin Heuston completed the journey in three hours 22 minutes. That must be close to a record time?

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