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Suitable for the South Wexford line

Japan is to commence using a road/rail bus on a 30 mile public transport route of which 6 miles are on a railway.

This could work on the South Wexford line, except that the national transport company in Ireland regards its primary purpose as property development and not public transport provision.

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Inchicore Works

Irish Rail have released a promotional video about Inchicore Works in Dublin in this, its 175th year.

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The wrong decision

Transport Infrastructure Ireland has announced “Stage 1” funding for a greenway from Greystones to Wicklow along the coast (a location shared by the railway line from Greystones to Wicklow).

In an era when other arms of the State are screaming “climate change” and promising sea level rises, why is the State paying for infrastructure that another arm of the State maintains will be under water in the mid term future?

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Ballinamore Junction project

The former railway station in Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim, was used as a secondary school for many years but ceased to have this function a long time ago as a purpose built school replaced it.

Shannonside are reporting that construction work on redeveloping the complex, to be used as community facilities, has commenced. These will see the complex used as a Digital Hub/Enterprise Centre, Arts Space, Youth Facility, Genealogy/Family Research Centre, Trail Head for the Cavanā€Leitrim Greenway and hard and soft landscaping of the attendant grounds as public open space.

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Cork – Macroom railway trackbed drone footage

There is drone footage on Youtube of the former Cork to Macroom railway trackbed visible again, due to low water levels in the reservoir beneath which it lies. What is interesting about the footage is that it was taken by Cork North-West TD Aindrias Moynihan (who said TDs aren’t good for something!)

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Ulster Canal Greenway

The Anglo Celt reports that a public consultation on the next phase of the Ulster Canal Greenway – from Clones to Smithborough – is underway this week.

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Connemara Railway

I found this link on Youtube, which is a video of a test train running on the Connemara Railway track at Maam Cross station in Co. Galway (located on the former Galway to Clifden line which closed in 1935).

The group behind the restoration have a website, but it is more of a running commentary than containing any overriding vision.

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Waterford Greenway extension

RTE is reporting that work is to commence on an extension to the Waterford Greenway – at the Waterford City end of same.

This will extend the Greenway from Bilberry to Waterford City. Unfortunately, this will not re-use the former Suir railway bridge, which remains derelict and out of use.

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Silvermines Hydro

The Irish Times (soft paywall) reports that planning permission will be sought in 2022 for a pumped storage power station at the former Silvermines complex in Co. Tipperary.

The proposed development (the 2nd pumped storage station in Ireland if built) has a website for the project – https://silvermineshydro.ie/.

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Sir Gerry Robinson RIP

Many media outlets (including the DonegalDaily.com site) have reported that Sir Gerry Robinson has passed away.

Sir Gerry was a businessman and TV presenter as well as a well known railway enthusiast. To this extent, he built a narrow gauge railway in the grounds of his residence (Oakfield Park) in Co. Donegal, which is open to the public.