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St Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, and March 17 is his day - prompting this submission.
New JT42HCW locomotives 217 and 218 for Irish Rail (Iarnród Éireann) are pictured outside the GM Diesel Division Plant in London ON. As of 2019 this class of locomotives was the newest and most powerful in Ireland.
Note the taller green-primer domestic units behind this export pair.
The railways of Ireland have a track gauge of 5' 3", wider than international standard gauge which is 4' 8-1/2". Dissatisfied with previous diesel locomotives sourced from England, Irish Rail ordered their "201 class" of new locomotives from EMD / GM Diesel Division. They were built in 1994 and early 1995 with unit numbers from 201-234, including 2 built for Northern Ireland Railways.
JT42HCW locomotives are powered by an EMD V 12-710G3B diesel engine of 3200 gross HP (2970 HP for traction). These locomotives had the capability of using the prime mover to provide Head End Power for passenger coaches, but problems experienced with this system have ended its use. Instead a 4000 series "Driving Van Trailer" is normally placed at the other end of intercity passenger trains, equipped with a diesel generator set for coach lighting and HVAC, and a control cab for push-pull operation.
In recent years the majority of Irish intercity passenger trains are operated by diesel multiple units, an exception being Cork-Dublin services which are generally locomotive powered. I saw several 201-class locomotives on passenger trains at Cork station in 2015, in a different colour scheme. JT42HCW locomotives also power freight trains in Ireland.
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Caption: St Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, and March 17 is his day - prompting this submission.

New JT42HCW locomotives 217 and 218 for Irish Rail (Iarnród Éireann) are pictured outside the GM Diesel Division Plant in London ON. As of 2019 this class of locomotives was the newest and most powerful in Ireland.
Note the taller green-primer domestic units behind this export pair.

The railways of Ireland have a track gauge of 5' 3", wider than international standard gauge which is 4' 8-1/2". Dissatisfied with previous diesel locomotives sourced from England, Irish Rail ordered their "201 class" of new locomotives from EMD / GM Diesel Division. They were built in 1994 and early 1995 with unit numbers from 201-234, including 2 built for Northern Ireland Railways.

JT42HCW locomotives are powered by an EMD V 12-710G3B diesel engine of 3200 gross HP (2970 HP for traction). These locomotives had the capability of using the prime mover to provide Head End Power for passenger coaches, but problems experienced with this system have ended its use. Instead a 4000 series "Driving Van Trailer" is normally placed at the other end of intercity passenger trains, equipped with a diesel generator set for coach lighting and HVAC, and a control cab for push-pull operation.

In recent years the majority of Irish intercity passenger trains are operated by diesel multiple units, an exception being Cork-Dublin services which are generally locomotive powered. I saw several 201-class locomotives on passenger trains at Cork station in 2015, in a different colour scheme. JT42HCW locomotives also power freight trains in Ireland.

Photographer:
John Parnell photo, J.Pittman collection [11] (more) (contact)
Date: February 1995 (search)
Railway: Other (search)
Reporting Marks: IE 217, IE 218 (search)
Train Symbol: Not Provided
Subdivision/SNS: GM Diesel Divison Plant (search)
City/Town: London (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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