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Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 20-06-2019, 08:12
Replies: 11
Views: 2,019
Posted By James Howard
In Germany, I noticed that a lot of the regional...

In Germany, I noticed that a lot of the regional trains are made up of carriages hauled by electric locomotives. Would this not be a reasonable approach for Irish Rail to adopt? It seems to me that...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 28-05-2019, 12:38
Replies: 24
Views: 3,001
Posted By James Howard
I think the issue is that the cable will overheat...

I think the issue is that the cable will overheat at the point where it connects with the pantograph if the train is stationary and drawing a lot of current. If the train is in motion, the connection...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 28-05-2019, 09:04
Replies: 24
Views: 3,001
Posted By James Howard
Speaking as somebody who spent 13 years commuting...

Speaking as somebody who spent 13 years commuting 70 miles from Edgeworthstown, this is an odd attitude to be coming from a rail advocate. The reality is that long-distance commuting is the only...
Forum: Longford-Maynooth-Dunboyne-Clonsilla-Dublin line 01-02-2019, 18:28
Replies: 26
Views: 10,698
Posted By James Howard
Having a few morning Maynooth trains run non-stop...

Having a few morning Maynooth trains run non-stop between Clonsilla and Broombridge would make a bit of sense given that there is extra frequency there from Dunboyne. Definitely the Longford trains...
Forum: All stops to Thurles 29-01-2019, 14:07
Replies: 9
Views: 2,581
Posted By James Howard
There was an agreement in principle to bring in a...

There was an agreement in principle to bring in a Bus / Luas / Commuter rail add-on for point-to-point tickets in last November's fare determination. They acknowledged that it was going to be...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 21-01-2019, 09:24
Replies: 25
Views: 4,902
Posted By James Howard
Looks like nothing is going to happen for at...

Looks like nothing is going to happen for at least another 2 years. Surely some sort of low-cost patch up of the 2700s could keep them running for 2 years which would alleviate the situation...
Forum: Longford-Maynooth-Dunboyne-Clonsilla-Dublin line 01-01-2019, 16:58
Replies: 3
Views: 1,946
Posted By James Howard
It also seems to be a wilful omission not to have...

It also seems to be a wilful omission not to have Sligo services stopping there to enable Luas connections.
Forum: Dublin Belfast 08-12-2018, 09:32
Replies: 18
Views: 2,991
Posted By James Howard
My last pass which expired a year ago was a...

My last pass which expired a year ago was a point-to-point and was loaded on a leap card. There was nothing on the card to indicate where it was valid but the ticket collectors on Sligo seemed to...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 12-11-2018, 06:57
Replies: 64
Views: 14,523
Posted By James Howard
Another relatively low-cost improvement would be...

Another relatively low-cost improvement would be to have the current 17:17 terminate at Maynooth, run it back into town and use that unit to provide a later service to Longford. This is currently...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 08-11-2018, 18:52
Replies: 64
Views: 14,523
Posted By James Howard
The 1655 up-train from Sligo again will be a...

The 1655 up-train from Sligo again will be a disaster for the evening down timetable. This will end up crossing with the 1500, 1600, 1700, 1717, 1815 and the 1915 trains from Connolly. If any one of...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 18-10-2018, 18:03
Replies: 8
Views: 5,866
Posted By James Howard
The 600 Dublin add-on for point-to-points is a...

The 600 Dublin add-on for point-to-points is a major improvement for those who are trying to change onto Dublin Bus or Luas. Good to see that they've avoided sticking the boot into long-distance...
Forum: Commuter Services 15-10-2018, 16:29
Replies: 22
Views: 4,480
Posted By James Howard
The plans for 300 hybrids and in particular the...

The plans for 300 hybrids and in particular the 40 odd ICR cars have been floating about for a long time. They sound to me more like notions than actual plans. Given how long the saga of the 26x 2700...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 07-09-2018, 17:24
Replies: 79
Views: 21,901
Posted By James Howard
If we're talking about connecting ports in the...

If we're talking about connecting ports in the south as a Brexit insurance policy, surely Waterford to Rosslare would be of far higher priority than the WRC. In particular if the Barrow bridge is...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 05-09-2018, 16:36
Replies: 64
Views: 14,523
Posted By James Howard
It's worse than that - if you just turn up for a...

It's worse than that - if you just turn up for a DART at random your expected wait time will drop from 7.5 minutes to 5 minutes. So, statistically you'll only gain 2.5 minutes from reduced waiting...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 22-08-2018, 08:58
Replies: 64
Views: 14,523
Posted By James Howard
I had a look for the timetable on the Irish Rail...

I had a look for the timetable on the Irish Rail site but couldn't find it. Is it anywhere online? It seems to be loaded in the journey planner but the Longford commuter trains aren't...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 07-08-2018, 11:49
Replies: 6
Views: 3,621
Posted By James Howard
Would it be possible to mitigate the risk by...

Would it be possible to mitigate the risk by ensuring that there is a backup diesel locomotive on hand?

The cancellation of scheduled services to allow for specials is ludicrous and...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 01-08-2018, 14:54
Replies: 20
Views: 6,287
Posted By James Howard
As I live on the Sligo line, the number there...

As I live on the Sligo line, the number there always jumps out at me but it is really quite amazing that a line to a town of 20,000 people with no major population centres en-route generates similar...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 25-06-2018, 10:40
Replies: 13
Views: 5,912
Posted By James Howard
On the medical appointment issue, I'd suggest...

On the medical appointment issue, I'd suggest that the HSE should issue a public transport voucher with every medical appointment that is entirely separate from the Free Travel scheme.

This way,...
Forum: Dublin Sligo 20-06-2018, 16:02
Replies: 1
Views: 1,846
Posted By James Howard
Online / TVM tickets across lines

Why is it still the case that you can only buy tickets online or at TVMs for the line you are on and you have to go to the ticket office for a cross-line ticket?

It's really annoying - I can only...
Forum: Rail Users Ireland Canteen 18-04-2018, 10:50
Replies: 2
Views: 9,200
Posted By James Howard
Usually I find that the 20 minutes extra time...

Usually I find that the 20 minutes extra time that Irish Rail put on to every evening train on the Sligo line is plenty enough for me. I hadn't realised they were doing this deliberately because the...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 16-04-2018, 14:18
Replies: 10
Views: 5,385
Posted By James Howard
For what it's worth, the last time I checked,...

For what it's worth, the last time I checked, only Sligo line destinations were available at the ticket machine in Edgeworthstown so the lack of through tickets on the machine is not confined to...
Forum: Galway - Limerick - Waterford - Rosslare 14-03-2018, 17:07
Replies: 6
Views: 4,985
Posted By James Howard
Is there a point to this line at all at this...

Is there a point to this line at all at this stage since it seems to stay closed for several months every winter. Granted it's not the section between Ennis and Athenry but it's hardly conducive...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 22-02-2018, 09:12
Replies: 62
Views: 13,480
Posted By James Howard
Skipping the Mater seems like madness. It is one...

Skipping the Mater seems like madness. It is one of the biggest city centre employers - nearly 3,000 employees and at least as many visitors every day - man of whom would have mobility difficulties...
Forum: Commuter Services 10-01-2018, 14:59
Replies: 28
Views: 11,402
Posted By James Howard
I don't know about keeping quiet but fact remains...

I don't know about keeping quiet but fact remains that the bus from the airport is a far better option for me here in Longford than the train even though I'd much rather travel by train.

The bus is...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 17-11-2017, 11:46
Replies: 2
Views: 3,694
Posted By James Howard
Smile Punctuality in Japan

Interesting little article in The Irish Times. One can only look on in envy....
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