MAL­LOW TO CORK CUT FROM RPSI’S MAY TOUR

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Pathing prob­lems have forced the Rail­way Preser­va­tion Society of Ire­land to trun­cate its itin­er­ary for this year’s big May trip – ax­ing a planned run from Mal­low to Cork. But the sil­ver lin­ing is that an ad­di­tional car­riage can now be added, mak­ing the train seven ve­hi­cles long. This means that pas­sen­gers on the re­serve list can be ac­com­mo­dated on the hith­erto fully booked tour, which will still run from Tralee to Mal­low and back on May 13. The six-coach re­stric­tion was im­posed be­cause of the 1-in-70 gra­di­ent out of Cork through the 1,335-yard Glan­mire Tun­nel, fol­lowed by 1½ miles at 1-in-60. The RPSI said the de­ci­sion had been taken “fol­low­ing feedback from Ir­ish Rail” and apol­o­gised to those who had paid de­posits. The ab­sence of a turntable in Cork meant that GNR(I) 4-4-0 No. 85 would have had to op­er­ate ten­der-first from Mal­low to Cork. The RPSI said: “Ten­der-first run­ning with the Com­pound is re­stric­tive and it was im­pos­si­ble to find a path to Cork within the per­mit­ted nine-hour day. “There is also the need to take into ac­count the 12-hour overnight rest pe­riod for crew be­fore the early de­par­ture on Mon­day.” The Com­pound will work from White­head to Dublin on May 10, and will then run on the Satur­day from Dublin to Mal­low, where LMS-NCC ‘WT’ 2-6-4T No. 4 will take over. The Mon­day will in­volve 345 miles of steam from Tralee to White­head – vir­tu­ally from one end of the Ir­ish net­work to the other.

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