Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The Cashel Branch (1904-1954)

If there was ever a branch that shouldn't have closed this was it. Goold's Cross (on the Dublin/Cork mainline) to Cashel - a distance of little over four miles. Opened as late as 1904 the line lost its passenger service in 1947 during the fuel shortages. Complete closure followed in 1954 and the branch was removed. The station building at Cashel still exists but is subsumed in a factory complex. Needless to say, CIE/Irish Rail derives no benefit from the 300,000+ visitors who make their way to the Rock of Cashel every year.

GSR (ex.GSWR) No.27  at Cashel on the 7.05pm branch train  - 22nd June 1939.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Cork (Glanmire Road) Cabin.B.

I came across this view of Cork.B. cabin on eBay yesterday and was intrigued as I didn't know of its existence previously.

As long as I have been travelling up and down to Cork I have only ever known of the signal cabin in the main yard plus the long defunct one on the Up platform. This view, featuring members of the RIC, obviously pre-dates 1922 and I was easily able to find its exact location on the OSI 25" MAP.

We learn something new every day!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Crossdoney - yet another forgotten backwater.

On the former MGWR line from Inny Junction to Cavan (1856-1960), Crossdoney was itself a junction for a short branch to Killeshandra. The main line from Inny Jn. to Cavan closed to scheduled passenger traffic in 1947 and completely on the 1/1/1960. The Killeshandra branch also closed to passenger traffic in 1947 and completely on the 1/3/1955

Seen here in GSR days, on the 27th June 1939, the train is hauled by ex.MGWR No.113 "Gnat". Some current views of Crossdoney are available here: Eiretrains Crossdoney

Thursday, July 6, 2017

The Clogher Valley Tram

Came across this postcard on eBay recently and it reminded me of this little ditty attributed to Egbert Trimble - proprietor of The Impartial Reporter newspaper.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Two more from the Tralee & Dingle

Dingle already looks fairly down at heel in this 1934 view. The decrepit looking concrete watertower was still extant in the late 1970s.

East and West bound trains crossing at Annascaul in this view by the late W A Camwell.

Timeless in Tralee

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.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Youghal 1970

A never to be repeated scene from an old Christmas card by the late Joe St.Leger.