There's something about the Tralee & Dingle that keeps drawing me back - as long as I blot out the memory of the 'preservation' fiasco at Blennerville - and this 1930's picture exudes all the charm of the narrow gauge. A Dingle bound freight has just left Tralee broad gauge station and passes along the tramway on Edward Street - McCowen's Mills in the background. The area is barely recognisable today but had hardly changed from the above picture when I first visited the town in the late 1970s.
Another from eBay - mislabelled as Tallow - if you're looking for it. I was lucky enough to visit the, now demolished, station at Tullow many years ago when it was still largely intact. I was in my pram when the line closed completely on the 15/6/1959. A busy line back in the day.
Tullow on the 19th June 1939 - just a couple of months before the onset of World War.II.
A rare postcard view of a goods train on the pier at Bantry.
The large west Co.Cork
town of Bantry was the terminus of the Cork Bandon & South Coast Railway's
main line from Cork. The line to Bantry had been opened by the Illen Vallery
Railway in July 1881, and was latterly operated by the CBSCR. The railway terminated
at Bantry Hilltop, but in October 1894 the line was extended further into the
town to terminate at this station which was much closer to the town centre and
the harbour. The station had one long platform, on which a single storey wooden
station building stood.
In June 1909 the CBSCR constructed a platform at the
pier at the west end of the station, where trains could connect with a steam
ship serving Glengarriff and Castletownbere. These pier services were
terminated by the Great Southern Railway in 1937. The main line to Bantry,
along with the entire West Cork railway system was closed by CIE in March 1961.
Today, only the roofless locomotive shed at Bantry survives, along with the
pier adjacent to the harbour, the rest of the station buildings having been
demolished after closure.