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Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 05-07-2019, 13:16
Replies: 13
Views: 4,846
Posted By James Shields
Irish Rail have a strange habit of putting...

Irish Rail have a strange habit of putting elaborate infrastructure in for what are expected to be temporary stations (Docklands), but bare platforms in what should be major stations (the newer...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 24-06-2019, 12:03
Replies: 11
Views: 1,378
Posted By James Shields
Thanks, Mark. What frequency is needed to make...

Thanks, Mark.

What frequency is needed to make electrification viable? I've seen some quite low frequency lines in France and Germany that have been electrified.

I agree rail transport is already...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 20-06-2019, 10:42
Replies: 24
Views: 2,310
Posted By James Shields
So it does. :-) No chance of any consultation on...

So it does. :-)

No chance of any consultation on the designs?
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 20-06-2019, 10:40
Replies: 11
Views: 1,378
Posted By James Shields
The article linked above highlights the German...

The article linked above highlights the German approach which has been to electrify roughly 200km of single line track per year for nearly 70 years. The obvious advantage of that approach is that...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 19-06-2019, 16:22
Replies: 11
Views: 1,378
Posted By James Shields
Not hard to see that a consistent long term roll...

Not hard to see that a consistent long term roll out will be more cost effective than lots of one-off electrification.

I'm sceptical of the chances of it happening here, but the smart thing would be...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 19-06-2019, 09:45
Replies: 24
Views: 2,310
Posted By James Shields
Has there been any suggestion of open gangways...

Has there been any suggestion of open gangways between coaches? I came across them in Helsinki, and they make for a fair bit of extra space when the train is busy, as well as making coaches feel a...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 18-06-2019, 16:39
Replies: 44
Views: 21,026
Posted By James Shields
While I'm generally supportive of the Green...

While I'm generally supportive of the Green Party, I think they have never showed much initiative when it comes to transport in this country. I think all of the projects on their list have been...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 18-06-2019, 12:08
Replies: 11
Views: 1,378
Posted By James Shields
I think there's some very good stuff in the plan,...

I think there's some very good stuff in the plan, but I agree it's disappointing that there isn't more mention of rail.

I'm not sure it's the place to get into specifics of routes, but a commitment...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 12-06-2019, 10:25
Replies: 24
Views: 2,310
Posted By James Shields
I'm guessing that if there isn't a diesel engine...

I'm guessing that if there isn't a diesel engine under the floor, the floor can be closer to the platform level, so the wheelchair ramp can be less substantial.

Another factor that is important for...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 11-06-2019, 11:07
Replies: 24
Views: 2,310
Posted By James Shields
The feature I would like to see in the spec is...

The feature I would like to see in the spec is automatic wheelchair ramps. I think it's unacceptable that wheelchair users have to phone ahead to arrange to use local transport (and even when they...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 28-05-2019, 10:15
Replies: 24
Views: 2,310
Posted By James Shields
The ideal would be to draw enough power to charge...

The ideal would be to draw enough power to charge the batteries while in motion. If you need 500amps to drive the train, what's required to draw another 200amps for charging? I'm sure trains in other...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 28-05-2019, 09:48
Replies: 24
Views: 2,310
Posted By James Shields
Got to agree with you here. The reality in...

Got to agree with you here. The reality in Ireland is that if you've got a place to live (whether you're an owner or a renter), it's quite difficult to move to be close to your place of work. The...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 22-05-2019, 09:31
Replies: 3
Views: 728
Posted By James Shields
With good signalling, 6tph on each branch, int...

With good signalling, 6tph on each branch, int each direction, should be no problem. The London Underground sub-surface have lots of level junctions and manage that sort of frequency, albeit with...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 14-05-2019, 10:59
Replies: 44
Views: 21,026
Posted By James Shields
That Eolas piece appears to have been written by...

That Eolas piece appears to have been written by Irish Rail! I'd have liked some critical analysis rather than a IE press piece.

There are new trains allegedly on the way - in a few years. Our...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 05-04-2019, 10:21
Replies: 2
Views: 1,401
Posted By James Shields
It makes sense to disallow seat reservations 90...

It makes sense to disallow seat reservations 90 mins before departure. However it would still make sense to allow tickets to be purchased with no seat reservation. Especially if travelling from a...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 26-03-2019, 17:36
Replies: 33
Views: 12,837
Posted By James Shields
Complete apathy here to updated Metro plan?

Complete apathy here to updated Metro plan?
Forum: Longford-Maynooth-Dunboyne-Clonsilla-Dublin line 01-02-2019, 15:37
Replies: 26
Views: 10,465
Posted By James Shields
The problem with running non-stop from Maynooth...

The problem with running non-stop from Maynooth to Connolly is you can only go fast until you come up behind a commuter train as there are only two sets of tracks.

Maynooth to Pearse typically takes...
Forum: All stops to Thurles 29-01-2019, 11:51
Replies: 9
Views: 2,241
Posted By James Shields
I currently pay 2640 for a Drogheda to Dublin...

I currently pay 2640 for a Drogheda to Dublin point-to-point on the taxsaver scheme.

I'm happy enough with the price I pay, but what irks me is that users with a short hop zone ticket can travel...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 21-01-2019, 11:15
Replies: 25
Views: 4,489
Posted By James Shields
I'm not sure what state the 2700s are in, but...

I'm not sure what state the 2700s are in, but trying to get them into service until new coaches arrive would seem to make a certain amount of sense.

However, they are only 12 coaches, and as far as...
Forum: Dublin Belfast 17-01-2019, 14:42
Replies: 18
Views: 2,822
Posted By James Shields
Make sense, maybe, but not very customer...

Make sense, maybe, but not very customer friendly!

I'm guessing someone forgot to upload the NI station names to a lookup table.
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 10-01-2019, 14:29
Replies: 25
Views: 4,489
Posted By James Shields
If they could use battery power rather than...

If they could use battery power rather than diesel, is would surely cut out a lot of complexity and mechanical components (as well as noise, making them a lot more pleasant for passengers), and save...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 11-12-2018, 13:32
Replies: 44
Views: 21,026
Posted By James Shields
I don't think there's any political interest in...

I don't think there's any political interest in the Navan rail project in the current government, and I really don't think it has any chance as long as we have a FF/FG led government.

However, I do...
Forum: Dublin Belfast 11-12-2018, 12:46
Replies: 18
Views: 2,822
Posted By James Shields
I've had my annual Drogheda-Dublin point-to-point...

I've had my annual Drogheda-Dublin point-to-point loaded on to a Leap card for several years (I'd guess the last 4). Prior to that I had an Irish Rail smart card with the ticket details printed on...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 23-10-2018, 16:20
Replies: 0
Views: 1,649
Posted By James Shields
Dublin Airport Terminal 3

Reports today of possible plans for a third terminal at Dublin airport by 2030.

https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2018/1023/1006020-airports/

Even if it's not needed that soon, it seems inevitable...
Forum: Commuter Services 09-10-2018, 11:31
Replies: 22
Views: 4,215
Posted By James Shields
I think your expectations are far too high. There...

I think your expectations are far too high. There is some vague plan to introduce hybrid diesel/electric trains in the future, but I haven't seen any mention of when this might actually happen....
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