Iarnród Éireann and RAIU investigate breakdown found on passenger train
Iarnród Éireann and the Rail Accident Investigation Unit are carrying out separate investigations into a structural defect found in the frame of one of the classes of locomotives used on the Dublin-Cork and Dublin-Belfast rail services.
The structural fault in the locomotive was discovered last week after it was withdrawn from service due to another problem at Limerick Junction on a Cork-Dublin journey.
Iarnród Éireann, the public rail operator, said on Wednesday it had also notified the Rail Regulatory Commission of the structural defect found in the chassis of the locomotive, which is one of 23 of its type in service with the business.
He said he carried out inspections for similar faults on all other similar locomotives in his fleet, but no problems were discovered.
The locomotive concerned is part of what is technically known as Class 201 which operates passenger services on the Dublin-Cork and Dublin-Belfast rail routes.
Iarnród Éireann said locomotive 224 was withdrawn from service after a structural fault was identified in the frame on July 7.
“Locomo 224 was on the 2.25pm service from Cork to Dublin Heuston the previous day, July 6, when a fuel leak from the locomotive caused the train to be out of service at Limerick Junction, customers being transferred by a train from replacement. .”
“Locomo 224 was taken to Heuston Station later in the day and was being prepared to be transferred to Inchicore (the company’s engineering works) on July 7 to investigate the fault when the driver noted the structural defect.”
The train operator said no such fault had ever occurred before in Class 201 fleet locomotives which have been in service in Ireland since 1994.
The company said the entire fleet of 201 locomotives was inspected within 24 hours of discovering the structural defect.
“Only locomotive 224 has been confirmed to be affected,” the company said.
“Iarnród Éireann is investigating the incident and has also notified both the Rail Regulatory Commission and the Rail Accident Investigation Unit, and the RAIU has confirmed that it will also undertake an independent investigation.”