073, Portlaoise, 24-10-2017
Here at last! Runnning later than expected, bright orange 073 contrasts with thedark blue Belmond stock as it passes through on the Inchicore - Limerick test run. This is the first time the set operated to Limerick, and was to return via the Western Rail Corridor to Athenry. The purpose of the test was to confirm suitability for a change in operation next year, with the Thursday Charleville - Galway trip being routed via Limerick rather than Portarlington, giving the passengers more variety, a shorter transfer for side trips such as the Cliffs of Moher, and easing line capacity issues between Portarlington and Athlone. We'll only see it southbound here though!