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The Tracks of
My Railway Years
by Roy Carlisle
28 x 21 cm, 275 colour and 123 b&w photos, 1 map, 179 pages
£16.99 or €21.00
This book is subtitled ‘A
personal Journey on Irish and UK Railways from the 1970s’. It
could also be subtitled ‘All those things which so many enthusiasts
remember but so few photographed’. In the early 1970s, Roy set about
recording the contemporary railway scene, mainly in Northern Ireland
but with interludes throughout the island.
The early railtours of the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland with
wooden body coaches are featured, particularly the Portrush Flyer from
1973 onwards. Forgotten gems include Barn and Eden Halts on the Larne
line, Limavady Junction, Ballymacarret Junction, the original Great
Victoria Street Station in Belfast, the Ardee branch, the Sligo Quay
branch and Rosslare Harbour station. The full range of motive power of
the period is covered – remember NIR’s fleet of three Diesel Hydraulic
locomotives? CIE motive power is well illustrated due to an extensive
visit to Inchicore Works, Dublin in 1975. Roy brings his story up to
date with some steam activity in England and with a recent visit to the
new Bellarena station – evidence of the railway revival which we are
enjoying at present.
North Kerry - Limerick to Tralee and Branches
by Jonathan Beaumont and Barry Carse
28 x 21 cm, 156 colour and 22 b&w photos, 1 map, 2 track
plans, 144 pages, £16.00 or
A scenic, pictorial journey
along the meandering railway route known as the ‘North Kerry’ line
which carried traffic between Limerick City and Tralee through
Illustrating the twilight years of these lines from 1955 onwards, it
depicts scenes rarely covered by enthusiasts and provides a picture of
an interesting, but hitherto sparsely documented network. In
addition to the main route, and using primarily colour photography, the
book also explores the adjacent branch lines of: Limerick to
Castlemungret; The Croom Branch, Patrickswell to Charleville;
Ballingrane to Foynes; Tralee to Fenit Pier; and Gortatlea to
There are photographs from a number of contributors, but mainly Barry
Carse’s own extensive collection. Goods traffic thrived through the
1950s and on into the 1970s as the regular passenger trains breathed
their last. Images of the special passenger trains for events like
Listowel Races, Knock Pilgrimages, and GAA events are also included.
Today, parts of the route have found a new lease of life –
many of the stations have been put to use as private residences and the
highly successful Great Southern Trail has brought cyclists, hitch
hikers and tourists into this beautiful area.
Dark Days and
Brighter Days for Northern Ireland Railways
by Edwin McMillan
26 x 21 cm, 103 colour and 48 b&w photos, 288 pages, £18.00 or €24.00
system that makes up Northern Ireland Railways was formed in 1967 and
remains open to this day despite threats of closure and the devastating
effects of the ‘Troubles’. This new book records its history through
the eyes of the author, an NIR employee for 40 years. With interesting
stories and much first-hand detail, this volume recounts the frequent
dark days on this small network. On many occasions throughout the
‘Troubles’ there was disruption to train services; buildings and
infrastructure were targeted; rolling stock destroyed; and passengers
and staff were killed and injured. However, railway staff, including
the author himself, had a determination to keep services running, many
putting their lives at risk in the process. On the brighter side, and
through all adversity, Belfast Central Railway was re-opened; the
Cross-Harbour Rail Link was constructed; railway routes and stations
were re-opened; relaying of track continued; new stations were built;
and new generations of trains were brought onto the railway. Documented
in detail, and featuring a comprehensive and unique timeline of
incidents during the ‘Troubles’, this record of NIR is illustrated with
many images from the author’s own personal collection.
Rambler colour album
28 x 21 cm, 310 colour photos, 176 pages, £16.00 or €21.00
This is a personal photographic
memoir drawn from three decades of observation, starting in
1975, during what are now regarded as the “museum years” of post-steam
This period of great change saw the traditional infrastructure of
travelling post offices, steam heating, goods services, and 19th
Century station buildings
etc. progressively give way to the utilitarian, electronic era. Train
formations and their
operation also changed beyond recognition as the locomotive and
carriage combination was
replaced by modern, anonymous multiple unit operation.
The author was uniquely positioned to witness the closing years before
so much. His early photographic locations were limited to stations and
the line-side but he
later made extensive use of Rail Runabout, Rover and Rambler tickets.
Later he enjoyed the
rare privilege of all Ireland footplate passes, leading to an estimated
80,000 miles of
footplate travel between 1982 and 1995, an achievement that is
probably, and will remain
unique in the annals of Irish Railway enthusiasm.
During these wanderings Michael met and made friends with innumerable
stations, on trains and in signal cabins, exchanging news and views,
and listening to
stories from times past. These selected 230 images from his immense
collection are a fitting
tribute to the railwaymen and the railway of a bygone age, and to the
enthusiasts who so willingly helped along the way.
by Norman Johnston
260 x 210
mm, 160 pages, Paperback, 198 colour and 37 b&w
photos, £16.00 or €21.00
Johnston is widely regarded as one of Ireland’s foremost railway
historians, who has meticulously photographed and recorded the changing
world of Irish railways from the early 1960s. This book draws
from his remarkable collection and showcases some of what Norman
regarded as the best, most interesting and significant images that he
took during the pivotal period between 1964 and 1973. The pictures are
presented in roughly chronological order and include some CIÉ as well
as UTA and NIR. All are accompanied by extended captions filled with
detail, anecdotes and personal reflection.
Norman began writing the book during the last two months of his life,
manuscript just seven days before his death on 31 August 2014. This
book is both a
fascinating record of Irish railways during this formative period, and
a fitting tribute to
a man who has contributed much to both the transport heritage scene and
the lives of those who knew him.
book is published by Colourpoint Books, the company which Norman
founded in conjunction with his wife, Sheila, and which contributed so
much to our knowledge of Irish railways in terms of books published.
Norman’s sons, Malcolm and Wesley, now run the business and continue to
publish books of railway and transport interest.
THAT THE AUTHOR ROYALTIES FROM THE SALE OF THIS BOOK WILL BE DONATED TO
THE RPSI FOR THE RESTORATION OF LOCOMOTIVE NO.131.
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