IE 2800 Class

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Iarnród Éireann 2800 Class
Limerick 1.jpg
2819 at Limerick Colbert in April 2016
In service 2000 - present
Manufacturer Tokyu Car Corporation
Family name Tokyu Commuter
Constructed 2000
Number built 10 trainsets
Number scrapped 2 sets
Formation 2 cars per trainset
Fleet numbers 2801/2802 - 2819/2820
Capacity 85 seated
Operator(s) Commuter
Maximum speed 120 km/h (75 mph)
Prime mover(s) One Cummins NTA-855-R1 of 260 kW (350 hp) per car
Transmission Hydraulic
Track gauge 1,600 mm (5 ft 3 in)
See Rail gauge in Ireland

The 2800 Class is a type of Diesel Multiple Unit operated on the Irish railway network by Iarnród Éireann, used mainly for short-haul InterCity and Commuter services.


2813 departing Skerries

The 2800 Class were built in Japan by Tokyu Car Corporation. Ten were built and entered into service in 2000. Like the 2600, 2700 and 2750 Classes, they were delivered in "Arrow" livery, however the Arrow logo was removed shortly after they entered service and replaced with the National Development Plan logo. The units were rebranded to Commuter livery from 2003. They were the last of the IÉ railcar fleet to retain the IÉ orange livery, the last unit being repainted into Commuter livery in late 2005. It is not unknown for the units to work in multiple with the 2600 class. The 2800 Class were the first Irish trains to be fitted with PA systems which included both on-board announcements and message boards at either end of the coach. This function in the train has long been disused leaving manual driver announcements and message boards switched off. The 2800 Class underwent rebranding using a new livery with the silver green Irish Rail livery for use on InterCity routes.


The 2800 Class was bought for use on the Western Commuter (then Western Suburban) service, where they replaced the Cravens stock then used on the line in conjunction with the 2600 Class. This meant an end to the use of locomotive-hauled stock on the line. Although intended for this service, they were largely redeployed following the introduction of the 29000 Class which now mostly operates the line, along with the 22000 Class, which was introduced on the Western Commuter service in 2012. They now operate on a varierty of lines. Because of their design, which allows movement between sets of multiple units working together, they were used on Rosslare line InterCity services where it was possible to run a minimal catering service on the line using these units. They were redeployed back onto Commuter services when the 22000 Class entered service on the Rosslare line. Since the 2800 Class were replaced with the 22000 Class on all Dublin Commuter services, the entire fleet was moved to Limerick. The 2800 Class now operate the following routes:

  • Limerick-Galway
  • Limerick-Nenagh
  • Limerick-Ballybrophy
  • Limerick-Limerick Junction (Occasionally)
  • Limerick Junction-Waterford (Occasionally)
  • Manulla Junction-Ballina

They also operate on the Cork Commuter occasionally along with the 2600 class.

  • Cork-Cobh
  • Cork-Midleton
  • Cork-Mallow
  • Cork-Mallow-Tralee (Occasionally)

Fleet details[edit]

Class Operator Number Year Built Cars per Set Unit nos.
2800 Class Commuter 10 2000 2 2801/2802 - 2819/2820

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