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Unread 07-06-2011, 22:52   #1
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Default Tall Ships Waterford June/July

In a surprise move Irish Rail will be running extra trains in conjunction with this event

No details yet but Clonmel is likely to see a very good service to Waterford over the 4 days of the event, even more surprising late evening trains!

Sadly no train service Waterford-Rosslare though

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Unread 08-06-2011, 07:14   #2
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There was really massive overcrowding on these services on the last occasion this event were in Waterford. Is it proposed to operate any services from Limerick ?
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Unread 08-06-2011, 08:27   #3
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Information I have is limited but a shuttle service from Clonmel to Waterford is planned.

Some limited extra trains Waterford Kilkenny as well, but there is massive unused capacity on the Kilkenny Waterford leg of Dublin services.

Talk of evening services as well and given Waterford has several 6 coach ICR's overnight there is capacity there to move a large number

Waterford Rosslare or even Campile is out not due infrastructure but a lack of trains. Clonmel is the largest inland town in Ireland so it does deserve priority

Its only 21 days away and Irish Rail have made no statement or uploaded it into the timetable
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Looking at the traffic arrangements for the Tall Ships festival, there are huge restrictions on road access. Rail access therefore will have an equally huge advantage, and let's see if IE management are up to the task of exploiting it. If the don't come up with something big, then all my suspicions about their utter incompetence will be justified.

They might even offer a series of short out-and-back riverside cruises by train down to Bellview to coincide with the arrival and departude of the ships.

Alas, I'm not optimistic, but I hope I'm wrong.
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Even with train shortages it wouldn't be impossible to operate some sort of basic service east of Waterford but I've very little confidence in this happening. Sadly the powers that be largely appear to be entrenched in the sort of railway "can't do" culture where every reason not to do so will likely be found/extrapolated to ensure it doesn't happen.
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Even with train shortages it wouldn't be impossible to operate some sort of basic service
Did 19 3car sets arrive in a few weeks ago. I know IE do something like 9000km testing before they accept them into passenger service but surely they could of a few ready by the end of June.

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