EXTRA POST: Irish Railway Record Society 071 Railtour 18 July 2015

Yesterday, the IRRS in cooperation with the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland and Irish Rail, operated a popular locomotive hauled tour from Dublin Connolly to Ballina and Wesport, County Mayo.

I had the privilege to travel and photograph this trip. For me this was a great opportunity to reacquaint with friends and experience Irish Rail first hand.

Connolly Station Dublin.
Connolly Station Dublin.

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Three class 071 General Motors locomotives were used: freshly painted Irish Rail 087 from Dublin to Ballina, Irish 078 from Ballina to Claremorris and Westport, and 084 on the return leg from Westport to Dublin. The turbocharged sounds of Electro-Motive 12-645E3 diesels prevailed though out the day.

Making the most of the sunlight.
Making the most of the sunlight.

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Tullamore.
Photo stop at Tullamore.

Clear skies in Dublin soon gave way to more typical Irish weather. I was neither deterred by the weather nor a haze of jetleg, and I exposed hundreds of digital photographs using my Lumix LX7. Somehow I also managed to pop off a whole roll of Provia with my EOS 3.

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Staff at Claremorris, Co. Mayo.
Ballina, County Mayo.
Ballina, County Mayo.

I view these trips as great opportunity to capture the railway enthusiast community. After all the train was provided purely for its enjoyment.

Thanks to everyone who made this trip possible!

I’ll plan to post additional images soon.

Remember former times at Ballina.
Remember former times at Ballina.
Overseeing operations at Claremorris.
Overseeing operations at Claremorris.
Old 078 in the rain at Claremorris.
Old 078 in the rain at Claremorris.
084 with a laden timber train at Westport.
084 with a laden timber train at Westport.
Umbrella photography.
Umbrella photography.
Roscommon on the return trip.
Roscommon on the return trip.
View from the train near Roscommon.
View from the train near Roscommon.
Tea for the driver.
Tea for the driver.
Recalling the days of steam.
Recalling the days of steam.
Tullamore on the return.
Tullamore on the return.
Train timing up-road.
Train timing up-road.
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Kildare.

Pouring_O-Haras_P1280612Tracking the Light posts daily!

More photos from the 071 Tour soon.

2 thoughts on “EXTRA POST: Irish Railway Record Society 071 Railtour 18 July 2015”

  1. Great to see you again Brian and thanks for once again capturing the great atmosphere and company of the day. Enjoy the rest of your current visit to the Emerald Isle.
    Frank

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