Exploring New Trackage.

Traveling to M3 Parkway on an ICR.

A few years ago Irish Rail rebuilt a portion of its old line between Clonsilla and Navan. This had been closed in the early 1960s and the right of way had largely returned to nature.

In late 2009, I’d explored the rebuilding as tracks were being installed, but I’d been negligent in my photography of this new route since that time.

On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, I rode the LUAS tram to Dublin’s Docklands and walked over to Irish Rail’s Dockland station at the North Wall. This was built during the Celtic Tiger boom, which had also resulted in abandonment of most of Irish Rail’s North Wall freight yards.

An Irish Rail four-piece InterCity Railcar arrives at Dublin's Docklands station on the afternoon of April 16, 2014. Lumix LX3 photo.
An Irish Rail four-piece InterCity Railcar arrives at Dublin’s Docklands station on the afternoon of April 16, 2014. Lumix LX3 photo.
Irish Rail at Docklands Station, North Wall, Dublin. April 16, 2014.
Irish Rail at Docklands Station, North Wall, Dublin. April 16, 2014. This area was once sprawling freight yards. Lumix LX3.

I went for a relaxing spin directly to the end of the new branch at ‘M3 Parkway’. The track was in superb condition.

On my return trip, I changed trains at Clonsilla. Instead of returning via Docklands, I rode directly to Connolly Station. Later, I learned that two hours before my trip the elusive Sperry train had made a run to M3 Parkway and back! I had no idea. Right place, wrong time. Lucky miss, I guess.

ICR interior. Lumix LX3.
ICR interior. Lumix LX3.
Irish Rail's InterCity Railcar at M3 Parkway station. Lumix LX3 photo.
Irish Rail’s InterCity Railcar at M3 Parkway station. Lumix LX3 photo.
A 29000 series railcar works toward M3 Parkway at Clonsilla. Canon EOS 7D photo.
A 29000 series railcar works toward M3 Parkway at Clonsilla. Canon EOS 7D photo.
On the left is a 29000 series railcar destined for M3 Parkway, in the distance a train from Maynooth to Connolly Station can be seen at the new Junction where the route to M3 Parkway diverges to the right. Canon EOS 7D with 100mm lens.
On the left is a 29000 series railcar destined for M3 Parkway, in the distance a train from Maynooth to Connolly Station can be seen at the new Junction where the route to M3 Parkway diverges to the right. Canon EOS 7D with 100mm lens.

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