“Ireland has so much variety to offer the railway traveller. At present nearly all passenger services are loco hauled – drawn from a very distinctive and interesting fleet. The unique broad gauge system boasts many miles of single track main line, still controlled by traditional semaphore signals. Exceptionally well maintained and attractive rural stations contrast with the ornate and busy stations at Dublin, while the whole network boasts a distinctive and nostalgic character.
• This superbly photographed programme also contrasts some of the magnificent coastal scenery as seen from the cab of a Dublin to Rosslare express as it journeys south. Highlights along the route include Bray Head, and the five miles per hour inter city main line along the quay side at Wexford. There’s also a visit behind the scenes to the fascinating and busy Inchicore works where Ireland’s loco fleet is maintained.
• Present traffic flows on the Dublin to Belfast corridor, which is at the moment being upgraded, are examined. Also featured are suburban services in Northern Ireland and Dublin, as well as the highly successful DART service.
• Main line steam specials, expertly organised by the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland are a regular feature of the Irish calendar. We take the opportunity to watch ex Dublin & South Eastern K2 loco number 461 steam from Dublin across Ireland towards Westport on the west coast.
• There is also a visit to the headquarters of the RPSI at Whitehead, in Northern Ireland. Other features include the Cork to Dublin main line, as well as the Cobh, Youghal, Sligo and Ballina branch lines.
• Also highlighted are the main freight flows. With an informative script which discusses the unique loco designs to be found in Ireland and the many excellent locations, this programme is essential viewing for anyone who has an interest in Irish railways or is considering visiting Ireland.
Made with the full co-operation of Irish Rail, and the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland.