Nos. 4 and 85 on RPSI ‘Santa’ operations

RPSI offshoot Heritage Engineering Ireland completed the retube of the society’s LMS-NCC ‘WT’ No. 4 at Connolly shed during late November, ensuring the 2-6-4T was fit and ready for the sell-out ‘Santa Special’ season.

No. 4 passed its steam test on November 28 in time for the first weekend of Dublin to Maynooth ‘Santas’ on December 2-3, then subsequent weekends of 9-10 and 16-17.

GNR(I) ‘V’ No. 85 Merlin heads the 14.50 races between Portadown and Lurgan with a Portadown to Lisburn ‘Santa Special’ on December 10. CHARLES FRIEL

Three return departures operated on each Saturday: the 10.15 and 13.45 being worked by the ‘Jeep’ and the 16.30 being diesel hauled.

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The first Sunday (3rd) saw only two return workings, both hauled by No. 4. However, the following two Sundays had three departures – 10.45, 14.00 and 17.05 – the final trains being handled by an Iarnród Éireann Class 071.

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