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Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 09-12-2012, 19:48
Replies: 177
Views: 52,541
Posted By Alan French
I have sent the following comments to IR on their...

I have sent the following comments to IR on their website.
Cork line:
Good to see the improved journey times, and better use being made of the four tracks at the Dublin end. I suggest the following...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 08-12-2012, 16:12
Replies: 177
Views: 52,541
Posted By Alan French
Galway and Westport line

I'm sending in some responses to the timetable consultation. Before I reply for the Westport line, can anyone work out how the trains are likely to be rostered? There are 5 trains a day from...
Forum: Nenagh Line 28-02-2012, 22:19
Replies: 196
Views: 62,741
Posted By Alan French
I wouldnít be too negative about the new...

I wouldnít be too negative about the new timetable. To start with the down side, clearly the biggest loss is the 17.45 Limerick-Nenagh. The earlier time of 17.05 is too early for most...
Forum: Dublin Rosslare 31-10-2011, 17:36
Replies: 1
Views: 3,895
Posted By Alan French
Train halted by flooding

Does anyone know any more about this story?

On Monday 24th October - one of the nights of the flooding - the 17.55 Rosslare-Dublin terminated at Dalkey because of the flooded line at Dun Laoghaire. ...
Forum: Longford-Maynooth-Dunboyne-Clonsilla-Dublin line 09-10-2011, 19:52
Replies: 29
Views: 11,790
Posted By Alan French
Am I right in saying that the indicators at Navan...

Am I right in saying that the indicators at Navan Road Parkway haven't been altered to show the new timetable? They seem to ignore trains bound for M3 Parkway. This could be very misleading.
Forum: Dublin Cork 10-09-2011, 18:46
Replies: 2
Views: 4,243
Posted By Alan French
Travelling with dogs on Mark 4 trains

Here is the main part of my letter to IR Southern and Western management after what happened when travelling with my dogs recently.

On Saturday 27th August I made a day return trip from Heuston to...
Forum: Longford-Maynooth-Dunboyne-Clonsilla-Dublin line 26-08-2011, 13:27
Replies: 16
Views: 7,383
Posted By Alan French
Snap! I am going to suggest Auburn Avenue as...

Snap! I am going to suggest Auburn Avenue as well. My logic is this: For which residential areas is Phoenix Park the nearest station? The answer is the estates around Auburn Avenue and Peck's...
Forum: Luas Discussion 30-06-2011, 18:11
Replies: 28
Views: 13,750
Posted By Alan French
Broadly the rules are fair, but my quibble would...

Broadly the rules are fair, but my quibble would be with this part:


If I remember right, Tyne and Wear Metro has a specific procedure for when a ticket machine is out of order. Essentially, if you...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 27-06-2011, 18:35
Replies: 62
Views: 22,033
Posted By Alan French
That's a fair point about outer-suburban trains...

That's a fair point about outer-suburban trains having too many stops. There is an element of the makeshift about my proposals because we are dealing with things that can be done in the immediate...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 26-06-2011, 19:00
Replies: 62
Views: 22,033
Posted By Alan French
Copy of my submission to the timetable review:...

Copy of my submission to the timetable review: DART.

The peak hour frequency on the south side was reduced at the last timetable change, and this has caused overcrowding at certain times. The...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 12-06-2011, 19:02
Replies: 62
Views: 22,033
Posted By Alan French
On the Belfast line, Iím wondering about the...

On the Belfast line, Iím wondering about the Lisburn stops. How did they decide which trains would stop there, do you think? It looks like the ones with the most spare capacity. If itís to...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 12-06-2011, 18:35
Replies: 62
Views: 22,033
Posted By Alan French
Iíd be interested to hear peopleís opinions on...

Iíd be interested to hear peopleís opinions on the times of the Rosslare trains. When is really the most popular time for the morning train from Dublin? Over the last 50 years it has varied from...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 09-05-2011, 14:58
Replies: 64
Views: 22,355
Posted By Alan French
If I remember right, one of the earlier reports...

If I remember right, one of the earlier reports (about 2000) proposed a railway from Broombridge to the airport, using the free space in the middle of Finglas. This could then continue to Swords. ...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 29-04-2011, 19:25
Replies: 23
Views: 5,325
Posted By Alan French
Fastrack still exists?

Going back to #9 of this thread:

Fastrack still exists and carries parcels today but don't tell anyone.

What is the story that's not to be told? When I was writing for the consultation on...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 19-04-2011, 20:52
Replies: 60
Views: 22,298
Posted By Alan French
Another observation: There have been a few...

Another observation: There have been a few improvements in connectivity. The 16.50 from Waterford now stops at Kildare, allowing a connection for Athlone and the Cork line. On Sundays the 13.45...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 20-01-2011, 19:40
Replies: 60
Views: 22,298
Posted By Alan French
I have a question about the Dublin-Cork line. ...

I have a question about the Dublin-Cork line. The 07.30 from Cork and the 17.00 from Dublin are much faster than the other runs, even after allowing for the number of stops. Does anyone know why? ...
Forum: Rail Users Ireland Canteen 02-01-2011, 13:06
Replies: 0
Views: 1,220
Posted By Alan French
Things said to an on-train guide

You might enjoy this article from last August's magazine from the Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line. The background is that this line crosses the mountains in the North of England, and a...
Forum: DART 13-11-2010, 19:32
Replies: 13
Views: 7,104
Posted By Alan French
The same problem is occurring again. On Thursday...

The same problem is occurring again. On Thursday 11th, the 08.37 left before the 08.44, both several minutes late, and the station staff had no idea which was to leave first.

I have never seen the...
Forum: Rail Users Ireland Canteen 02-10-2010, 15:46
Replies: 2
Views: 1,859
Posted By Alan French
Sponsored by RTE's "Off the Rails"?

Sponsored by RTE's "Off the Rails"?
Forum: Dublin Waterford 27-09-2010, 13:23
Replies: 30
Views: 15,820
Posted By Alan French
I'm not convinced. If you don't know how it...

I'm not convinced. If you don't know how it works in Britain, then try finding out. That's what I want IR to do. Because it does work in Britain. Lots of dogs are carried, and presumably the...
Forum: Dublin Waterford 25-09-2010, 19:23
Replies: 30
Views: 15,820
Posted By Alan French
But that can't be the whole story. First,...

But that can't be the whole story. First, Britain has a similar legal set-up to Ireland. Apparently, in Britain, if something goes wrong, the passenger is liable. They used to charge half-fare for...
Forum: Dublin Waterford 24-09-2010, 18:51
Replies: 30
Views: 15,820
Posted By Alan French
A while ago I started a thread in the members'...

A while ago I started a thread in the members' section of this forum called "Dogs on trains - Ireland is out of step". I don't know whether you got to see it. Essentially I argued that most...
Forum: Galway - Limerick - Waterford - Rosslare 12-09-2010, 18:58
Replies: 61
Views: 26,156
Posted By Alan French
I would actually say the closure is not really a...

I would actually say the closure is not really a matter of profit and loss. Comparing income and revenue for one part of the system is misleading, because it doesn't take into account the...
Forum: Galway - Limerick - Waterford - Rosslare 10-09-2010, 19:17
Replies: 16
Views: 7,284
Posted By Alan French
That's good news and bad news. It's good that...

That's good news and bad news. It's good that there will be scope for running a 2-hourly clock-face service. The difficulty is that the trains on the Dublin-Cork line serve the Junction at...
Forum: Galway - Limerick - Waterford - Rosslare 09-09-2010, 17:40
Replies: 16
Views: 7,284
Posted By Alan French
Do you know what they are going to do about...

Do you know what they are going to do about crossing loops? As I said in the timetable consultation, getting the loops in the right place is vital to planning a clock-face service that doesn't leave...
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