Friday 17 April 2020

Limerick Junction, 1999

The date is believed to be in the autumn of 1999 when I had some business travel to the Limerick area. The layout at Limerick Junction is rather anachronistic, although some improvements were made in 2007.

121 Class GL8 127 of  December 1960 at the platform with a push-pull train to Limerick Colbert. Originally built with a 960hp EMD 8-567CR, this locomotive was by then running with a 1100hp EMD 8-645E, some of which came from the B201 class after their withdrawal. Scrapped sometime in the 2000s. 

The Mk3 push-pull coaches were assembled at Inchicore, specified with powered doors like Class 442, but no air conditioning, the first seen here is 6318.

201 Class JT42HCW 214 Abhainn na BrosnaĆ­ / River Brosna leads a Cork bound express formed of Mk3 stock, crossing the points away from the single platform. This 1994 delivered locomotive has been in storage since July 2009 as it is not among those which are push-pull fitted, following the introduction of dmu equipment to replace the Mk 3 coaches, which were mostly scrapped. 15 years of service seems to have fallen short of the business plan.