Photos below taken Tuesday 24th July 1984


One of the "Dutch" steam heating vans No 3161 stabled at Heuston station.

Dublin Heuston carriage shed and freight yard viewed from the end of the platforms. The main line is on the right.

The main line out of Heuston. On the left is the so called "military platform" with some empty coaches stabled.

4-wheeled container flat at Heuston.

Bogie container wagon with pallets for Guiness kegs.

Partly loaded wagon with beer kegs in pallet

A rather backlit photo of the Guiness loading area outside heuston station.

087 arrives at 08:35 from Waterford.

Mk3 generator van with the obelisk in Phoenix Park behind..

Turntable at Dublin Connolly station.

My visit to Ireland coincided with the opening of the electrified DART services. Here 8306 arrives on a Howth to Bray service.

Looking north from the through suburban line platforms at Connolly. On the depot are 025 and 051.

The stock of the Galway mail train with a TPO and a post-war CIE 2nd class coach No. 1434.

TPO No.2974 and a 'Dutch' heating van

Northern Ireland Railways 112 arrives at Connolly with the morning 'Enterprise' service from Belfast.

Interior of terminal platforms at Connolly with a Northern Ireland railways train from Belfast.

Station pilot No. 164 moves the stock of the 'Enterprise' out of Connolly to release the train engine.

A push-pull train from Maynooth to Dublin Pearse runs in with former DMU coach converted to a control car.

Propelling the train was 234.

133 and 132 have arrived at Conolly from Rosslare.

The electric DART service had started the day before my visit - here is unit 8104/ 8304 at Conolly on a Howth to Bray service.

8122 and 8121 at Howth station.

173 on Dublin - Belfast service.

CIE 173 leaves Conoly at the head of a Belfast train made up of Mk2 coaches.

NIR buffet car No. 547

I travelled from Dublin to Rosslare harbour behind 012 seen after arrival.

The end of the lineon the break-water at Rosslare.

The train was propelled back out of the station and the locomotive has run round its 6-coach train.

Former BR Mk1 generator coach no.3174. The TL means that the coach has a through line electric train heating cable.

Cravens coaches were the main second rank express coach in 1984 after the Mk2 AC coaches.

The Park Royal coaches with their distinctive flat recessed ends and ribbed sides were still a major feature of long distance trains in 1984.

Rosslare Harbour station.

Looking from the Harbour station towards Rosslare Strand.

A former tablet catcher.

Rosslare locomotive depot

Rosslare port with ferry to France departing.

Rosslare turntable.

From Rosslare I took the afternoon train to Limerick as far as Waterford. This is 157 on its 4-coach train after arrival on a train from Waterford. As I had a cab pass from CIE I was able to travel in the cab of this train to Waterford. I was given the single line token by the driver and told to do the token excahnage at Wellington Bridge loop - an interesting experience at nearly 30mph!

Waterford signal box 

Waterford station

Waterford looking west towards the freight yards and the junction of the Limerick and Dublin lines.

Wednesday 24th July 1984


Carrick on Suir signalbox. Note the CIE standard open wagons with corrugated sides.

Cahir station

Limerick Junction with 013 at the head of a Shelton to Cork ammonia train. Note the long platform with crossover to allow both north and southbound main line trains to call simultaneously.

157 on a Limerick to Waterford train runs around the back of Limerick Junction station before reversing into the bay platform seen to the left.

080 runs into Limerick Junction with a Cork to Dublin express.

080 is at the head of a Cork to Dublin service.

A wagon used for bagged fertisliser pallets.

157 is on a Limerick to Waterford train in the south end bay platform at Limerick Junction having run around the back of the station.

The "back line" at Limerick Junction used by trains going to the south end bay/

Beet traffic wagons stored at Limerick Junction.

079 leaves the Junction with a Dublin to Cork express.

036 leaves Limerick Junction heading towards Cork with a loaded train of bagged fertilsiser.

The south end bay platform. This was often used when connections were being made between northbound trains and trains for Waterford or Limerick to avoid passengers having to make a long walk along the platform to the north end bay.

Looking north: on the left the Limerick bay platform and on the right the main line platfoem, then the two through roads and the old locomotive shed.

The north end junction with the Limerick line to the left. The flat crossing between the direct Limerick to Waterford and the main Dublin to Cork line can be seen just to the right of the signal box and the semaphore signal controlling this is to the left of the box.

Looking towards Cork with the Limerick bay and the 'back road' on the right.

The locomotive release points and station canopy looking towards Cork.

Having a cab pass, a track pass and a pass to get me into every depot and works on the CIE meant I could wander freely - even across the main line. This is Limerick Junction looking south.

The forbidding looking station building.

An ancient passemger coach in use by the PW department.

Inside the shed was the wreck of the Sligo, Leitrim and Northern Counties Railcar B (CIE 2509)

Limerick Junction shed



188 looks as though it's not long out of Inchicore works

167 and 149 on a Tralee to Dublin additional relief train.

Bagged cement wagons at Limerick

019 is on a train to Limerick Junction at Limerick

Another view of 019.














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