Cork Commuter Revisited.

Two or three times a year I make a visit to Cork.

Among the subjects I photograph are Irish Rail’s Cork area suburban trains.

Although not the most varied of operations (2600 series diesel railcars are the rule), the Cork Commuter system is an interesting subject. It provides a reliable, functional and well-utilized transportation system that works on a regular interval timetable.

The scenery is pleasant and over the years I’ve made many interesting images of the trains.

These are recent views made over St. Patrick’s Day weekend (2017).

Kent Station Cork. Exposed with a FujiFilm X-T1.
Passengers await the arrival of a 2600 railcar at Kent Station.  Exposed with a FujiFilm X-T1.

Schematic map of Irish Rail’s Cork Commuter network.
Glounthaune, Co. Cork.
Approaching Glounthaune, Co. Cork.
St. Patrick’s Day observers watch a passing 2600 railcar while waiting for Glounthaune’s parade. Exposed on Tri-X using a Leica IIIa.
Moments before Glounthaune’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Exposed digitally with a Zeiss 12mm Touit Distagon lens.
Littleisland signal cabin.
Cobh, Co. Cork.

Thanks to Irish Rail’s Ken Fox for recommending locations and supplying history and context.

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