Convergence at Killarney—28 September 2016.

For the first time, Irish Rail’s Killarney simultaneously hosted passenger trains from three different operators.

In addition to its own scheduled service from Tralee to Mallow, Belmond’s Grand Hibernian, and Rail Tours Ireland’s Emerald Isle Express were in the station.

I was one of several photographers on site to capture the moment.

Belmont's Grand Hibernian arrives at Killarney, passing the old signal cabin.
Belmont’s Grand Hibernian arrives at Killarney, passing the old signal cabin.
Rail Tours Ireland's Emerald Isle Express and Belmond's Grand Hibernian occupy adjacent tracks at Killarney on 28 September 2016.
Rail Tours Ireland’s Emerald Isle Express and Belmond’s Grand Hibernian occupy adjacent tracks at Killarney on 28 September 2016.
Killarney, County Kerry on 28 September 2016.
Killarney, County Kerry on 28 September 2016.
Three trains; three operators.
Three trains; three operators.

I exposed these images using my FujiFilm X-T1. To compensate for changeable lighting, I processed the camera RAW files in Lightroom, making a variety of small adjustments to exposure, contrast, and saturation to produce more effective photographs.

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One thought on “Convergence at Killarney—28 September 2016.”

  1. Three operators regularly appear at Connolly, IÉ, NIR and RPSI, and also Belfast Central, as well as sometimes elsewhere along the GN main line, but going back to earlier years, did trains from CIÉ, the GN and the UTA ever meet up in one place?

    Pre-1925, four companies, the GN, Midland, GS&W and D&SE would all have appeared regularly at Amiens St., and three companies (GS&W, Midland and Sligo Leitrim) at Sligo. But any other thoughts?

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