Multiple units of Ireland
A wide variety of diesel and electric multiple units have been used on Ireland's railways. This page lists all those that have been used. Except with the NIR 3000 class the numbers given by each class in the lists below are those allocated to the coaches that make up the units in that class, otherwise unit numbers are not used in Ireland.
Córas Iompair Éireann (CIE), which controlled the Republic's railways between 1945 and 1986, mainly used locomotives and hauled stock for its passenger trains. What diesel multiple unit cars it did have were numbered in the 25xx series. Since 1987, Iarnród Éireann (IE) has been increasing the use of this type of train, to replace older locomotives and carriages. The only electrified railway network in Ireland is the Dublin Area Rapid Transit (DART) system. Its fleet of electric multiple units is numbered in the 8xxx series.
Diesel Multiple Units
|2600 Class (I)||AEC||1951–1986||1986||,|
Hired from NIR
|2600 Class (II)||Tokyu Car||1993–|
|2700 Class||GEC Alstom||1998–2012|
|2750 Class||GEC Alstom||1998–2012|
|2800 Class||Tokyu Car||2000–|
Electric Multiple Units
|8500 Class||Tokyu Car Corporation||2001–|
|8510 Class||Tokyu Car Corporation||2003–|
|8520 Class||Tokyu Car Corporation||2004–|
The majority of passenger services in Northern Ireland have been operated by diesel multiple units since the mid-1950s (the major exception being the locomotive-hauled Enterprise service between Belfast and Dublin), under the tenure of both the Ulster Transport Authority (1948–1966) and Northern Ireland Railways (since 1967). From 2001, all items of rolling stock in use on NIR had 8000 added to their number so as to be part of the Translink number series, which incorporates their road vehicles. The new 3000 Class stock are the first multiple units to be numbered from new in the Translink series. NIR will purchase an additional 20 new trains for entry into service in 2011.
|Class||Manufacturer||Number Built||In Service||Withdrawn||Image|
|AEC Class||UTA Works||1951
|MED Class||UTA Works||14 x 3-car sets||1952||1978|
|MPD Class||UTA Works||2 x 5-car sets
10 × 3 car sets
|70 Class||UTA Works||8 x 3-car sets||1966||1986|
|80 Class||BREL||22 x 2/3-car sets||1974||2012|
|RB3||BREL/Leyland||1 x single car||1983||1989|
|450 Class||BREL||9 x 3-car sets||1985||2012|
|3000 Class||CAF||23 x 3-car sets||2005|
|4000 Class||CAF||20 x 3/4-car sets||2011|
Great Northern Railway (Ireland)
The Great Northern Railway (Ireland) straddled the border between the Republic and Northern Ireland, and so was not incorporated in either the CIE or UTA. However, mounting losses saw the network purchased jointly by the Irish and British governments on 1 September 1953. It was run as a joint board, independent of the CIE and UTA, until 30 September 1958 when it was dissolved and the remaining stock split equally between the two railways.
- Steam Locomotives of Ireland
- Diesel Locomotives of Ireland
- Coaching Stock of Ireland
- Freight Stock of Ireland