Iarnród Éireann Stock
29000 Class Railcars
© copyright photographs by Colin Duff
I had to start my Iarnród Éireann rolling stock section with something and as my most recent IE photograph was of a 29000 Class railcar it seemed as good a starting place as any. Besides, as underfloor engined units go (I do not like underfloor engined stock!) I quite like these.
The 29 CAF units were built in Spain between 2002 and 2005. The later build of 29021 - 29029 has detail differences from the earlier builds. The units are formed DMSO-MSO-MSO-DMSO and the wheel arrangement is B-2 + 2-B + 2-B + B-2. Car length is nominally 20m. Each railcar has one Cummins 294kW diesel engine and the drive is hydraulic. Maximum speed is 75mph. (Although the Republic of Ireland is now fully metricated - except for dispensing draught beer which remains in pints - the railway system has a dispensation to remain in Imperial units because of potential unsafe situations arising from incorrect conversion of heritage documentation that still applies.) Dellner couplers are used between units, bar couplings between cars within a unit.
These units' maintenance base is at Drogheda.
When first introduced units carried a 4 digit unit number in the 2900 series. In order to number the individual cars incorporating the unit number, and clearly to distinguish between ends, the car number was inserted into the middle of the unit number and the unit number itself gaining a central zero, a system which has subsequently been used with the Rotem/Mitsui/Tokyu 22000 Class.
This website currently features pictures of 12 out of the 29 units, denoted with active hyperlinks: