CIE 071 Class/NIR Class 111 - Córas Iompair Éireann

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Córas Iompair Éireann

The Córas Iompair Éireann 071 Class locomotives were the principal passenger locomotives on the Irish railway network for twenty years from their introduction in the late 1970s. They displaced the older CIÉ 001 Class and NIR 101 Class locomotives and were themselves replaced in turn by the new 201 Class locomotives.

Currently all the CIÉ locomotives remain in service, but are used on freight and permanent way trains. NIR 112 was on long term loan to Iarnród Éireann from April 2003 until September 2006 but has since returned to Northern Ireland Railways.

As of late 2006, IÉ began an overhaul programme of twelve units only, leaving the fate of their remaining six units in doubt. To date fourteen 071s have received the new 'Freight Livery’ however not all have received an overhaul. Those that have received a re-paint into the new livery are: Nos. 071, 072, 073, 074, 075, 076, 079, 080, 081, 082, 083, 085, 086 and 088.

On 14 and 15 November 2009 075 and a Tara Mines train was used in testing of the new bridge at Malahide.

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