The Wanderer's Photos is a contemporary photographic website which features the latest events on the Irish Rail & LUAS networks with occasional forays to Northern Ireland, the U.K. and beyond.
The website was created in August 2006 on fotopic.net. Fotopic.net closed in March 2011 and a new hosting website had to be found. After considering Flickr & Zenfolio, I found Smugmug met my requirements and the website was rebuilt over a six month period with 10,000 photographs uploaded to the new website which had been hosted on fotopic.
Over the last eight years, The Wanderer's Photographs has developed an extensive collection of over 24,000 photographs from 2005 to the present day chronicling the demise of widespread locomotive hauled Intercity Services & the introduction of the trains that replaced them, the "Intercity Railcars", railway & tramway openings to railway closures.
In recent years the website has expanded to include a merchandise section and has social media accounts on Facebook & Twitter.
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001 (A) Class
The 001 Class also know as A Class locomotive was manufactured by Metropolitan-Vickers at their Dukinfield Works in Manchester. The 001 Class locomotive was the backbone of mainline passenger and freight train services on the Irish railway network for forty years from 1955 until the mid-1990s when they were replaced by the new 201 Class.
Initially they were fitted with eight-cylinder two-stroke, port-controlled Crossley engines. The Crossley engines proved to be notoriously unreliable from the start. Amongst a plethora of problems were:
* Unbalanced engines resulting in vibration-induced fuel pipe and water pipe fractures.
* Cylinder defects.
* Excessive water temperature causing shutdowns.
These problems were tackled between 1968 and 1971 through the progressive re-engining of the entire class with a 1,650 horsepower 12-cylinder General Motors EMD 645E engine.