THE Railway Preservation Society of Ireland’s two ‘Midlander’ tours from Dublin to Maynooth and back on March 18 included a ‘first’ for Irish main line steam – a steam crew with an average age of 40 years or under.
After years of concerns over the increasing age profile of the certified steam crews, Irish Rail inspector Lar Griffin, fireman Connie O’Gara, driver Keith Farrelly and the RPSI’s Gerry Mooney are evidence of Irish Rail’s commitment to the long-term continued operation of steam on the network. PICTURE: BRIAN SOLOMAN
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