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Those who have travelled over the DCDR may not be aware that before the railway was restored, the local council tipped rubbish at a site adjacent to the
Inch Abbey line, just north of the river. In recent years, as landfill regulations become more stringent, new sites are being sought. A site has neen
identified to the west of the old site, thankfully just out of sight of the railway, and this will be developed over the coming winter. What has this got to do
with the railway? Due to the marshy nature of the land surrounding the proposed dump, the railway has been privately negotiating with Down District Council
initially with a view to allowing them access over a laneway adjacent to the railway, for which they, and private refuse companies, would have to pay the
railway. However, due to access problems the railway has today reached an agreement that a siding will be laid into the landfill site, and rubbish tipped into
wagons on the nearby Inch Abbey Road, some mile or so away.
Both of the railway's ex-CIE "E" class diesels will be used for this traffic, along with two to four four wheeled wagons, possibly specially
adapted. This will require the overhaul of E432 as well as E421, due to start shortly. It is envisaged that the scheme will be up and running by late autumn,
and the siding will be laid between the end of summer operations (mid September) and the Halloween Operations. Normal public steam trains will not be
Apr 1 08 12:24 PM
I assume the time and date of your post is co-incidental !
If correct this is great news for DCDR. Maybe there are opportunities in the short haul freight market after all !
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Glad you enjoyed it, Losty... I was unable to be there myself as I was assisting a relative with a house move, and then there's the RPSI tour to get
prepared for. I am glad to be able to report that on both St Patrick's Day and yesterday, the railway had a significant increase in passengers. In
particular, Inch Abbey Station is getting busier and busier, as people park out there and get the train in. Up to last year, it would have only picked up the
odd fare or two, and on many an operating day might have accounted for a dozen ticket sales or so, while Downpatrick had hundreds. Now it is different - in
fact, on St P's Day, when "park'n'ride" was advertised at Inch Abbey, this station exceeded Downpatrick in ticket sales. Other news from
the DCDR - 90 is now almost finished in terms of lining and varnishing in authentic GSWR livery for the 1870 - 1880 period. It is looking very well indeed.
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