Irish Rail Workhorse Diesel; The Unremarked 221 in four photos.

Here’s four views of Irish Rail 221; two film, two digital; two orange, two green & silver; two with passenger, two with freight; one in snow, three without; but all showing this machine on the move.

221 leads the down Dublin-Cork liner at Ballybrophy on 25 March 2005. Exposed on Fujichrome Velvia 100F using a Nikon F3 with 180mm lens.

This is part of my on-going series depicting Ireland’s class 201 diesel electrics to mark my 20 years photographing in Ireland. Photographic details in the captions.

Irish Rail 221 leading Mark 3 carriages at Kildare on a damp summer day in 2005. Exposed on Fujichrome Velvia 100F using a Nikon F3 with 180mm lens.
Freshly painted 221 (with expanded number) leads the down IWT liner (Dublin to Ballina container train) at Islandbridge Junction in Dublin. Exposed digitally using a FuijFilm XT1 with 90mm Fujinon telephoto lens. Notice the effect of scale with the monument visually positioned over the locomotive. The date of exposure was 21 September 2017.
Irish Rail 221 in the snow at Islandbridge in Dublin on 28 February 2018. Exposed digitally with a FujiFilm XT1 and 27mm pancake lens.

Question: do head-on telephoto views portray the shape of the 201-class effectively?

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8 comments on “Irish Rail Workhorse Diesel; The Unremarked 221 in four photos.

  1. Hi Tom,
    Maybe I’ve lost the thread. However, since you inquired I’ve added the date for the IWT liner photo with Wellington Testimonial (obelisk). Just for clarity that photo was exposed: 21 September 2017. So far as I know there is no special significance to that date. Photo at Ballybrophy that you inquired about early was made in March 2005, not 2018 as originally indicated. (Typo on my part). Where the liner in the 2005 photo was operating from Dublin to Cork, the liner in the recent photo is the IWT Liner that runs Dublin to Ballina.

  2. Tom Rochford on said:

    Brian what has the Wellington obelisk got to do with the date of the photo? (Am I missing something here?)

  3. That’s the Wellington Testimonial in Dublin’s Phoenix Park; it is reportedly the largest obelisk in Europe. Concerns for its enormous weight in the 19th century resulted in careful placement of the railway tunnel below the park to avoid undermining the monument. I’ve often featured it in my views of Islandbridge Junction. Brian Solomon

  4. Dennis on said:

    Looks like they have a “Washington Monument” in Dublin also.

  5. Tom Rochford on said:

    Brian the date of the photo is…”25 March 2018”.

  6. Irish Rail container services to/from Cork ended in summer 2005, just a few months after the photo was exposed at Ballybrophy. Limited liner service carrying beer kegs and oil (?) continued into mid-2006. Bulk cement operated to Cork until at least 2006, I don’t recall exactly when it was discontinued. Perhaps one of my Cork based readers will recall.

  7. Tom Rochford on said:

    Brian in regards the first picture, since when was liner service in/out of Cork reinstated? Or am I wrong in believing that service was withdrawn years ago?

  8. Anonymous on said:

    Head-n views accentuate the windows, which tend to look bigger than they really are.

    Michael Walsh (still anonymous). Comments when posted do not currently display substantially immediately, as was previousy the case. It would appear that successful posting can only be confirmed reopening the link later.

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