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Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 13-11-2019, 12:26
Replies: 2
Views: 197
Posted By James Shields
This is an issue that could affect tourists and...

This is an issue that could affect tourists and other travellers with non-Irish networks, and IÉ need to provide a text/phone number that's not locked to Irish networks.

A useful feature would be to...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 05-11-2019, 11:58
Replies: 2
Views: 302
Posted By James Shields
Taxsaver users still have to tag on, so there's a...

Taxsaver users still have to tag on, so there's a record that a journey took place, even if the destination isn't recorded.

Since the Taxsaver Leap card is identifiable, it should be easy to...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 31-10-2019, 16:47
Replies: 14
Views: 744
Posted By James Shields
I really thought the idea of UK stock was a bit...

I really thought the idea of UK stock was a bit far fetched. The UK have brought in quite a bit of new stock in the last few years, but most trains being replaced are close to their end of life, and...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 30-10-2019, 17:48
Replies: 14
Views: 744
Posted By James Shields
Well the cynical answer is simple economics. In...

Well the cynical answer is simple economics. In the original tender there were multiple bidders competing for the contract. I would assume that if there was any option for extra units in the original...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 30-10-2019, 10:47
Replies: 14
Views: 744
Posted By James Shields
I think I know the answer to the first question....

I think I know the answer to the first question. I believe there is the possibility of ordering additional middle coaches from Hyundai/Rotem to lengthen the 22000 sets. I believe this is only about...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 29-10-2019, 12:04
Replies: 14
Views: 744
Posted By James Shields
Mark on Prime Time

Here's a brief clip from Prime Time featuring Mark Gleeson talking about overcrowding and ordering more coaches.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NezzjP2ZKyE&feature=youtu.be
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 15-10-2019, 11:23
Replies: 4
Views: 701
Posted By James Shields
I think a lot of good points here. I have only...

I think a lot of good points here.

I have only seen a couple of incidents of anti-social behaviour, but all accounts suggest there are far too many.

I really think we need a much more visible...
Forum: DART 30-09-2019, 13:31
Replies: 4
Views: 1,094
Posted By James Shields
I've no idea if round the clock security has...

I've no idea if round the clock security has stopped, but I agree it's needed at a fairly busy interchange.
Forum: Commuter Services 27-09-2019, 11:02
Replies: 0
Views: 375
Posted By James Shields
Alternative "Metro Dublin" Proposal

I recently came across an alternative Metro Dublin plan, that was relaunched earlier this year, but similar to previous proposals floated based on the Madrid Metro.

In Contrast with MetroLink, it...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 10-09-2019, 10:24
Replies: 12
Views: 5,127
Posted By James Shields
I would be opposed to a complete ban on Steam...

I would be opposed to a complete ban on Steam trains running on our mainlines. Firstly, they are a tourist attraction, and secondly they bring joy to many people. Every steam train excursion delights...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 02-09-2019, 09:28
Replies: 2
Views: 1,057
Posted By James Shields
How is the pro-rata calculated on an annual...

How is the pro-rata calculated on an annual ticket?
Forum: Dublin Cork 02-09-2019, 09:22
Replies: 9
Views: 5,770
Posted By James Shields
It's hard to see how a train arriving in Cork...

It's hard to see how a train arriving in Cork before 9:00 wouldn't be viable. I'm sure there are a lot of people driving who would switch if there was a viable alternative.

There would presumably...
Forum: Commuter Services 02-09-2019, 09:03
Replies: 10
Views: 1,983
Posted By James Shields
If there's one thing to learn from the 2700s (and...

If there's one thing to learn from the 2700s (and the 8200s), it's that buying a small stock of 10-12 coaches to bolster an existing fleet is a false economy.

Edit: Just realised that the 2700 fleet...
Forum: Commuter Services 30-08-2019, 10:14
Replies: 10
Views: 1,983
Posted By James Shields
Any chance that when they replace the floors,...

Any chance that when they replace the floors, they'll improve the noise insulation?
Forum: Commuter Services 29-08-2019, 10:09
Replies: 10
Views: 1,983
Posted By James Shields
I got the impression they got through painting a...

I got the impression they got through painting a good portion of the 29K fleet fairly quickly, then it seemed to grind to a halt. I suspect the project ran out of money.

In general, train coaches...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 05-07-2019, 13:16
Replies: 13
Views: 6,724
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: 3,811
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: 5,237
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: 3,811
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: 3,811
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: 5,237
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: 24,250
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: 3,811
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: 5,237
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: 5,237
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...
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