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Waiting for the Road West | by bbusschots
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Waiting for the Road West

An Irish Rail Class 22000 DMU creeps along the banks of the Royal Canal as it waits for Maynooth's home signal (about 100 yards in front of the train) to allow it access to the station with it's InterCity service from Dublin to Sligo. This is a very busy time of the day in Maynooth station, which finds it hard to cope having only two platforms and one siding. To add to Maynooth's problems, it is the point where the Sligo line goes from double to single track, so a delay on a service coming from Longford or Sligo on the single track side of the station causes delays for trains like this one trying to head west. As a result, you often find trains waiting for the home signal along this stretch of the canal at rush hour. There's every chance that at this moment in time there was a train on each platform, one waiting in the siding, as well as this one waiting for the next free platform and for the train from Sligo to pass allowing it access to the single line west.

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Taken on March 25, 2011