Downpatrick & County Down secures NIR 80 Class as units leave York Road

THE Downpatrick & County Down Railway (DCDR) took delivery of its now-preserved Northern Ireland Railways 80 Class unit over the weekend of May 12-13 following an unprecedented response to its fundraising appeal (RM April).

The four vehicles that make up the ‘Thumper’ – power cars No. 8090 and 8069 and driving trailers Nos. 8752 and 8749 – were transported from Translink’s York Road depot using a specialist low-loader, which had been brought across from England by Reid Freight Services.

NIR 80 Class power car No. 8069 shows off its newly applied heritage livery as it arrives in Downpatrick on May 13. ROBERT GARDINER

The sight of Nos. 8069 and 8749, which had been recently repainted into the original maroon & blue livery by York Road staff, would have likely turned a few heads as they made the journey from Belfast, recalling the days when the units dominated rail services in the province.

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