January started with my regular New Year trip to the UK, marred by very dull weather from a photographic point of view.
Not much happened for me in February, but 071s in different liveries provided some interest.
February ended and march started with a very heavy snowfalll (for Ireland) by the so-called "Beast from the East". My office closed, but the railway kept running for part of the 1st March, allowing the rare luxury of some snow scenes. Later in the month, the building of an underbrdge at Sallins resulted in trains terminating at Newbridge, and some unusual movements.
231. Mountrath Rd Portlaoise, 31-03-2018
Railtours, both enthusiast and upper class, together with a trip to Dublin and a rescue form the highlights in April.
Engineers workings add to the variety through Portlaoise as are seen here; a day out to Drogheda was the main trip. There was also some steam action through Portlaoise, as part of the annual RPSI three day tour.
Just one shot this month - the Belmond in sunlit glory!
Another spin to Dublin on a Sunday - a while since I've visited so often! - along with an inspection working through Portlaoise.
A summer visit to family n the UK conicided with a local diesel gala - by chance (honestly!). Also a first visit to Crewe for many years, much quieter than I remember when using rover tickets in the 80s.
A chance sighting of 073 running light was the main capture this month.
Tours for the main interst this month, again both RPSI and Belmond. A special Belmond working became the first mark 3 worked train to call for passenger purposes since 2009 with a party of Americnas discovering their heritage.
A rainy visit to the station for a rare 2600 Class movement; the bonus of an engineers working was worth the drowning!
A visit to Kildare, two rescues and possibly the last movement of the Sperry / Weedspray set make for an interesting conclusion to the year.