The new high-speed luxury train service on the Dublin to Cork line is now operating normally after wildcat strikes by drivers marred the inauguration in mid-May. Travelling at speeds of up to 200 km per hour and with twin lightweight power cars operating at each end, the new trains will cut half-an-hour off the previous journey time of 2 hours. The eight air-conditioned carriages include a caf-style dining car and two first-class carriages with in-seat radio, reading lights and adjustable seating. All 67 of the new trains, which cost Irish taxpayers 117 million, should be in service by the end of the year.
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