French supplier Alstom has been awarded the DART+ Fleet contract for up to 750 new rail carriages over 10 years
Via Iarnrod Eireann:
The largest and most sustainable ever order of fleet for Ireland’s public transport network was confirmed today as Alstom were awarded a contract by Iarnród Éireann (IÉ) for up to 750 new rail carriages over the coming decade.
An initial order has been placed for 95 electrically-powered carriages – made up of 19 five-carriage train sets – are set for delivery from mid-2024, entering service in 2025, and will include a number of battery powered carriages…
Enda Kenny will present a programme on Irish railways
Later this year the former Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader will front a television series on RTÉ 1 about old Irish railways from times past. Mr Kenny, a fluent Irish speaker, will present the series in Irish.
Mr Kenny is understood to be enjoying revisiting the old railways in Mayo and adjoining counties, as well as throughout the country.
Always a keen student of history, he is developing a new-found interest in railway history.
….The evisceration of Irish railways mainly occurred in the decades Enda’s father, Henry Kenny, served as a TD and eventually a junior government minister.
Luckily some railways survived in his native Co Mayo, unlike other counties.
Next Train Ireland is a strikingly simple app that will quickly show you train times for any station in Ireland.
Incorporating lovely graphics and a “modern UI that follows the Material Design guidelines” the app’s features include journey planner and realtime station ‘lookup’.
App maker Stephen McBride writes:
Next Train Ireland (formerly called Next DART under the old Android Market store) is one of the earliest Irish-made Android apps, having been released in late 2009 before Android phones were even offered by phone operators in Ireland.
It has gone through a number of iterations since then but has been a bit neglected in the last two years. I finally got around to working on an update a few months ago and, having looked at the mess that was the codebase, decided to re-write it completely from scratch.
Compared to the official Irish Rail app this new app is much cleaner, more intuitive and gets you the information you need in fewer steps.
Feedback from new and existing users is most welcome.
18055, SW Seiffert Road is a huge four bed detached house currently for sale in Sherwood, Oregon for around $3,500,000.
The house itself is largely irrelevant, given that it’s surrounded by a masterfully enginered, elaborate miniature railway system featuring a trestle bridge, tunnel and train warehouse.
A separate barn contains a railway museum.
Current owner Tom Miller, who buiilt all the miniature trains, sez:
…it is time to let someone else take stewardship of what I have created. I intend to keep my locomotives and run them at club railroads around the country unless the new owner insists they go with the property. After all they are just stuff and I could build other and different locomotives.