It being St Patrick's Day tomorrow I thought I'd post a few photos taken during a trip to Dublin that Dad and I took way back in 2004.
A Ryanair flight and a quick bus journey got us to Dublin Connolly station/Stáisiún Uí Chonghaile by mid-morning and we spent some time photographing the Irish Rail/Iarnród Éireann diesel locos that were pottering about…
Iarnród Éireann 141 class Bo-Bo DE 156 at Dublin Connolly station/Stáisiún Uí Chonghaile, 30/6/04
The Locomotive Shed at Dublin Connolly station/Stáisiún Uí Chonghaile, 30/6/04
Then a tip-off from a member of station staff led us around the corner to see this…
LMS Northern Counties Committee Class WT 2-6-4T No.4, 30/6/04
No.4, a Class WT 2-6-4T, was built at Derby in 1947 for the London Midland & Scottish Railway's Northern Counties Committee. Preserved by the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland No.4 was (and still is) regularly in use on special trains on the main line.
A less friendly member of staff then told us to 'clear off!' so we had a ride down the coast to Greystones station/Stáisiún na Clocha Liatha on a DART unit (Dublin Area Rapid Transit).
Greystones station/Stáisiún na Clocha Liatha with DART 8510 class 8614 heading for Howth in the platform, 30/6/04
A dash back across Dublin gave us enough time to take a few photos at Heuston station/Stáisiún Heuston (and enjoy a pint of Guinness!) before our flight home.
Iarnród Éireann 201 class Co-Co DE 234 at Dublin Heuston station/Stáisiún Heuston, 30/6/04