IE 2700 and 2750 Classes

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Iarnród Éireann 2700 Class
Dublin 5.jpg
2701 stored at Inchicore Works in April 2016
In service 23 October 1998 - 10 August 2012
Manufacturer GEC Alsthom
Constructed 1997 - 1998
Number built 12 trainsets
Formation 12 two-car sets
Fleet numbers 2701 - 2724 & 2726
Capacity 117 seated
Operator(s) Commuter
Specifications
Maximum speed 110 km/h (68 mph)
Weight 38 tonnes (37 long tons; 42 short tons) per car
Prime mover(s) Traction: Cummins NTA 855-R1, 350 bhp (260 kW).
Aux. power: Cummins GB5.9GR / Iferca 61.5 kVA
Braking system(s) Air, 2 brake discs per axle
Track gauge 1,600 mm (5 ft 3 in)
See Track gauge in Ireland
Iarnród Éireann 2750 Class
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2753 stored at Inchicore Works in April 2016
In service 23 October 1998 - 10 August 2012
Manufacturer GEC Alsthom
Constructed 1997 - 1998
Number built 2 trainsets
Number scrapped 2 trainsets
Formation 2 single units
Fleet numbers 2751 & 2753
Capacity 53 seated
Operator(s) Commuter
Specifications
Maximum speed 110 km/h (68 mph)
Weight 40 tonnes (39 long tons; 44 short tons) per car
Prime mover(s) Traction: Cummins NTA 855-R1, 350 bhp (260 kW).
Aux. power: Cummins GB5.9GR / Iferca 61.5 kVA
Braking system(s) Air, 2 brake discs per axle
Track gauge 1,600 mm (5 ft 3 in)
See Track gauge in Ireland

The 2700 and 2750 Classes are two related types of diesel multiple unit operated by Iarnród Éireann. The 2700 Class units are 2-car sets; 25 cars were built by GEC Alsthom in 1997 and 1998, and began entering service in December 1998. Each car weighs 38 long tons (39 t; 43 short tons) and is fitted with a 350 hp (260 kW) underfloor Cummins engine with a maximum service speed of 110 km/h (68 mph).

From July 2004 to April 2005 they were used in six-piece sets on the Dublin-Rosslare InterCity services, before being replaced by newer units. The entire class was then based in Limerick, with one set outbased in Ballina to operate the Ballina - Manulla Junction shuttle, while it also operated an Athlone - Galway service on Fridays. A further set operated morning and evening Athenry - Galway commuter services during its layover from Limerick - Galway services. Otherwise the class operated all services from Limerick (save direct Limerick-Heuston Station trains) and services from Limerick Junction to Waterford .

They were capable of operation in consists of up to 10 cars, either within their own class or with 2600 Class, 2800 Class, or 29000 Class DMUs. In addition to the 2-car units, two single car units were constructed. These units were classed as 2750 Class, and had a cab at each end so that they could operate either singly or as part of a set.

Even numbered cars had 62 seats while odd numbered cars contained 55 seats and a toilet. There were some exceptions however; the two 2750 Class units had 53 seats each, due to having cabs at both ends, while 2719 and 2721 had 50 seats each and included a bicycle storage area. The original black and orange Arrow livery was replaced by the newly introduced Commuter livery in 2004, upon the start of the sectorisation of Iarnród Éireann's operations.

In 2010, Iarnród Éireann began major overhauls of the 2700 and 2750 Classes, the most prominent feature of which was the removal of the end gangways, which had been unused for some time. This coincided with the addition of a new livery based on the 22000 Class colour scheme.[1]

2716 suffered collision damage on 3 June 2000. Following repairs, it was coupled with 2609, part of the Mitsui 2600 class.

The 2700 and 2750 Classes bore a visible similarity to the British Rail Class 158 DMUs but the two classes were completely unrelated having been built ten years apart and by different manufacturers.

In July 2012, the majority of the class was withdrawn and put into storage; by September 2012 the entire fleet had been withdrawn and was put up for sale. As of 2016, the entire fleet remains decommissioned at Inchicore Works in Dublin.[2]

In October 2016, IE have put out to tender the reactivation and refurbishment of 10 sets, due to re-enter service in Spring 2017. This is to free up ICR sets for busier Dublin area services.[3]

Fleet details[edit]

Class Operator Number Year Built Cars per Set Unit nos. Notes
2700 Class Commuter 12 1997-1998 2 2701/02 - 2713/14, 2715/24, 2717/18, 2719/22, 2721/20, 2723/26 2716 operated as a hybrid 2-car unit with 2609 (Also withdrawn)
2750 Class 2 1 2751 & 2753
2722 at Limerick
2751 at Limerick

References[edit]

  1. ^ Motive Power 172 - IRRS, June 2010
  2. ^ Railway locomotives, units, carriages and freight wagons for sale
  3. ^ Miles, Tony. "Irish Fleet Upgrade". Modern Railways. November 2016: 74. A capacity review has led to the conclusion that any immediate requirements for additional trains could be met through the reintroduction of the Class 2700 fleet, built by the then GEC Alsthom in 1997 and 1998. 

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