DART Dublin Class 8100 at Connolly station
The CIE 8100 class were the first electrical multiple units used on the Dublin Area Rapid Transit (DART) system. Built by GEC and LHB (Linke-Hofmann-Busch) in 1983/84, they are two-car units, and were the only units used on the DART before the arrival of the 8200 Class. 40 two car sets were delivered, numbered 8101/8301 to 8140/8340. 81xx units are power cars while 83xx units are unpowered driving trailers. The driving cabs are full width, with the inner ends connected by gangways.
The original seating layout consisted of 72 seats per coach with 16 tip up seats at the doors, giving 176 seats in total. With increasing passenger numbers and the heavy spring in the tip up seats becoming a possible source of injury, the tip seats were removed in the late 1980s. As a result of ever continuing passenger demand in the late 1990s extra standing room was provided through the removal of 16 seats from the 83xx unpowered driving trailers, reducing seating capacity to 56 giving a 2 car unit a total of 128 seats.
8110/8310 and 8136/8336 were withdrawn after suffering serious damage in a fire at Fairview depot in July 2001. Some others are currently under refurbishment. Several of these units have returned to service in 2007 following refurbishment by Siemens. This included the installation of modified marker lights, removal of some seats to add more standing space, installation of an electronic passenger information system, new wheel slide protection equipment and traction inverter and installation of a door closing warning beeper. It was also supposedly intended to allow the units to operate in 8-car sets, the original units being limited to six cars, but some unmodified LHB sets have operated in 8-car consists during 2007.
As with other DART units, they are maintained at Fairview depot, as well as being stabled at Bray.
The Dublin Area Rapid Transit (DART) is part of the suburban railway network in Ireland, running mainly along the coastline of Dublin Bay on the Trans-Dublin route, from Greystones in County Wicklow, through Dublin to Howth and Malahide in County Dublin.
Trains are powered via a 1500V DC overhead catenary along part of the Irish Rail Network, all of which is Irish Broad Gauge. The national rail operator, Iarnród Éireann (IE), administers the DART system. On its inception in 1984, the DART was operated by Coras Iompair Éireann (CIÉ) of whom IE is now a subsidiary. Part of the DART route, from the city centre to Dún Laoghaire, is of historic note — it was the first railway in Ireland, opening as the Dublin and Kingstown Railway on 17 December 1834. The DART forms part of the Dublin Suburban Rail network.
Picture added on 19 December 2008