Busy Morning in Dublin—April 9, 2015.

A rare sunny day in Dublin. So much for ‘April Showers’ and whatnot.

The telegraph comes to life: ‘The LWR appears ready to depart North Wall.’ Tea cup abandoned mid brew. A sprint to the usual spot.

ICR’s everywhere.

Finally Irish Rail 072 appears with the empty long welded rail train and is blocked at Islandbridge Junction.

Irish Rail ICRs (Intercity Railcars) are making their daily transfer from Connolly to Inchicore. Where's the LWR? Did I miss it? Patience . . .
Irish Rail ICRs (Intercity Railcars) are making their daily transfer from Connolly to Inchicore. Where’s the LWR? Did I miss it? Patience . . .
Venerable Irish Rail 072 (an old General Motors diesel electric with many miles on it) leads the empty LWR (long welded rail train) at Islandbridge Junction near Heuston Station in Dublin.
Venerable Irish Rail 072 (an old General Motors diesel electric with many miles on it) leads the empty LWR (long welded rail train) at Islandbridge Junction near Heuston Station in Dublin.

Photos made, and I march down to Heuston Station, board a LUAS tram for Spencer Dock, and walk toward the road bridge at the North Wall. A 201 sounds its horn. I pick up my pace and arrive in time to catch Irish 218 pulling forward with the day’s IWT Liner (for Ballina).

As I walk briskly up the foot path I fish out my X-T1, thumbing the 'on' switch and removing the lens cap. When i get to the parapet of the bridge the IWT is already on the move. Not a minute wasted!
As I walk briskly up the foot path I fish out my X-T1, thumbing the ‘on’ switch and removing the lens cap. When i get to the parapet of the bridge the IWT is already on the move. Not a minute wasted!
The IWT liner pulls forward to Church Road Cabin (now closed).
The IWT liner pulls forward to Church Road Cabin (now closed).

In the interval, the telegraph relays to me that the freshly painted Irish Rail 087 is reported on the Tara Mines-Dublin zinc train. On the previous day, the Tara Mines arrived at the North Wall at 11:40 am.

I keep a sharp eye on the old Great Northern line in the distance. A procession of passenger trains roll up and down the line. Finally, the glimmer of a gray 071. It’s the Tara Mines.

Freshly pained 087 makes its appearance with the laden Tara Mines train from Navan.
Freshly painted 087 makes its appearance with the laden Tara Mines train from Navan.
Freshly pained 087  with the laden Tara Mines train at Dublin's North Wall yard.
Freshly painted 087 with the laden Tara Mines train at Dublin’s North Wall yard.

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All photos exposed with a Fuji Film X-T1 digital camera and scaled for internet presentation.

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One thought on “Busy Morning in Dublin—April 9, 2015.”

  1. Noticed the IWT crew were looking down to see if they were staying on track?? Or nothing coming apart on the engine? 😉 And in the back ground a few guys seems to be checking out a spot as the train rolls by.

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