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Irish Railways Off the Beeten Track Dvd, Part 3: Waterford to Wellington Bridge Cab Ride
This series of three dvds looks at the first week of the 1998 Irish ‘Sugar Beet Campaign’ and Volume Three takes the viewer on an uninterrupted cab ride from Waterford to Wellington Bridge.
Starting in the signal box at Waterford, the engine for our train drops into the bay platform to pick up beet wagons to make up a full load of empties.
Boarding a Class 071 locomotive, we back down past Waterford West Signalbox, then move forward prior to backing into the yard to join up with the main train.
Brake test completed, the train eases out of the yard towards Waterford station and comes to a stand in order that the Driver can collect the Single Line Token.
Departing Waterford, the line skirts the River Suir, but the train is slowed by a 15 m.p.h. speed restriction prior to the climb towards Snow Hill Tunnel then out onto the 2,131 feet, fourteen span River Barrow Swing Bridge, the longest bridge in Ireland.
It is now a constant up-hill climb for the next nine miles toward Taylorstown passing the site of Dunbrody Abbey, Campile and Balliculane stations.
Dropping down over the notorious Taylorstown bank, the approach to Wellington Bridge is made with caution as the train is signalled into one of the reversible loops.
Semaphore signalling and the beauty of this less travelled part of Southeast Ireland enhance a memorable journey.
Approx. 55 minutes.
Narrated by Rob McCaffery (1999).
This dvd is being sold on behalf of and with full permission of the copyright owner – Videolines.