087+218, Portlaoise, 12-04-2018
The object of the visit. 218 failed a few days earlier in the COrk area, having to be rescued by 215 (which would have been a personal nightmare for me - 215 and 218 on the same train!) Arrangements were made to drag the errant loco back to Inchicore for repairs.
The plan was that they would pause here, and exchange crrews with 222 running light engione south to act as Cork standby, but the latter had been delayed departing the capital, and the exchange was done instead at Portarlington. The chance of getting three locos in the station at the same time was thereofre lost.
087 still carries the remains of it's "Movember" moustache from November 2016 as it heads north with the dead 201 in tow.