Irish Railways Class 29000 train Connolly station
The 29000 Class is a type of four-car Diesel Multiple Unit operated by Iarnród Éireann. The units were built in Spain by CAF in two batches between 2002 and 2005.
Each set comprises two driving end cars (DM1 and DM2) and two intermediate cars (MDT and MT) They are capable of operation as two sets of their own class or in consists of up to 10 cars with either 2600, 2700 or 2800 class DMUs. Each car is fitted with a 294 kW MAN traction engine and a Cummins generator engine, both mounted underfloor. Each 4-car set is 81.46 m long, 3.985 m high and 2.9 m wide. They have a maximum permitted speed of 120 km/h (75mph)
Passenger capacity is 185 seated and 634 standing.
The original delivery of twenty sets were numbered 2901-2980. However, to avoid conflict with the existing numbering system of the NIR 3000 Class, all cars were renumbered e.g. set 2901-04 becoming 29101-401. The 2005 batch of nine sets are numbered 29121-429.
The railcars were the first to be shipped with the new Commuter branding rather than the "Arrow" branding previously used, and as such were the first Iarnród Éireann rolling stock (other than DART EMUs and Enterprise stock) not to feature the company's traditional orange and black livery, which is now being phased out from passenger service. The Commuter brand has now also been extended to Class 2600, 2700 and 2800 railcars.
Picture added on 19 December 2008