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.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Desolation on the Tralee & Dingle Railway - 16th June, 1954



Hard to believe that this photograph of the narrow gauge station and workshops at Tralee was taken less than a year after the last cattle special pulled in from Dingle. 


Sunday, March 5, 2017

Busy scene at Tullow

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.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Dick and the Fintona Tram

Three views from eBay of "Dick" and the Fintona Tram - I can only envy those lucky enough to have travelled on this unique branch.


Fintona Junction - 11th June 1948 and Dick leaves the shelter of her shed ready for the return working to Fintona. Photo by John Meredith.
On arrival at the Fintona Junction the horse was always detached and brought into the shed to prevent her being frightened by the arrival of the noisy, hissing steam locomotive on the mainline.



1956 view of the tram departing Fintona by the late Pat Whitehouse.



1954 view of the tram at Fintona Junction by J H Price

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The Pier, Bantry, Co.Cork


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. 

Text from the excellent Eire Trains website.