‘Grand Hibernian’ begins… but Portrush is a ‘no go’

THERE was something new and blue snaking its way around the joint Irish rail network throughout September following the public launch of Belmond’s highly anticipated ‘Grand Hibernian’ luxury train.

With train guard Noel Enright giving the green flag from the first coach, an immaculate No. 226 makes a prompt departure from Dublin Heuston with the ‘Grand Hibernian’ on August 30. NEIL DINNEN
With train guard Noel Enright giving the green flag from the first coach, an immaculate No. 226 makes a prompt departure from Dublin Heuston with the ‘Grand Hibernian’ on August 30. NEIL DINNEN

The maiden voyage began on August 30 when Iarnród Éireann/Irish Rail driver Ray Kenna eased an immaculate InterCity-liveried Class 201 No. 226 River Suir away from Dublin’s Heuston station at 14.20.

The destination on this day, and for each ‘Grand Hibernian’ Tuesday departure, was Cork via Thurles, stabling overnight at Charleville. The following day the train returned to Cork, after which it proceeded on to Mallow and Killarney, stabling once again at Charleville.

Read more in October’s edition of The RM

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