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Ireland’s Largest Industrial Railway: The Guinness System
The Guinness brewery in Dublin expanded rapidly in the 1870s as the world couldn’t get enough of its ruby red gold (it might look black but that’s an illusion). Horses and carts hauled hops, malt and casks around the site until 1873 when construction of a narrow gauge railway (tramway) began. This delightful little factory system operated for 100 years, ceasing work in 1975. Hugh Oram’s book is full of photos of (mainly) this and the day to day workings of the brewery. As well as the internal tramway, there was also a broad gauge link to Kingsbridge Station which closed in 1965 and is also featured.
Irish Steam in the 1960s - End of an Era
160 pages, £16
This is RPSI member Conrad Natzio’s record of a distinctive time on the Irish railway system, between 1960 and 1963, when dieselisation was well under way but there were many steam locomotives still hard at work, north and south. This delightful collection of Conrad’s largely unpublished images, complemented by extended captions filled with detail, anecdotes and personal reflections, captures the changing scene and celebrates what had survived.
The Lough Swilly Railway
Revised edition with additional material by Joe Begley and Steve Flanders
192 pages, £18
This is a new edition of Dr EM Patterson’s second volume on the history of the narrow-gauge railways of north-west Ireland.
The detailed story charts the origins and development of this unique line including the Letterkenny Railway, re-gauging decisions and the Burtonport extension.
There is a new, valuable chapter of interviews and memories from some of the surviving workers and others who had contact with the railway and a chapter on the Lough Swilly Railway today And also now including many additional Glover drawings of locomotive, carriage and wagon stock.
Limited Edition RPSI Cravens
We are delighted to announce the arrival of a limited edition run of our Cravens coaches in model form. Produced in 1/76 scale, the limited edition pack feature open coaches 1505 and 1532 along with snack car 1508. The models will only be available as a complete set in their own specially commissioned box. All funds raised from the sale of these coaches will go towards the purchase of a water bowser truck for our steam operations with any remaining funds going to support the restoration of our 121 class locomotive 134.
This production run is limited to 250 units and are sure to be popular with modellers/collectors and supporters of the RPSI. It would be the intention that should these models sell out there will be a subsequent production run of three further open coaches. This will allow people to create an authentic length train of RPSI Cravens coaches.
Irish Railways in the 1950s and 1960s
Hardback, 20 x 25 cm, 166 colour photos, 175 pages, £25
In the 1950s and 1960s the railway system in Ireland became a magnet for enthusiasts from Great Britain who realised that, as on the mainland, a way of life was fast disappearing as diesel traction replaced steam and the size of the rail network across Ireland was shrinking. Much of the interest stemmed from the similarity with the railways in Great Britain. Also, the existence of several narrow gauge systems, two railway-owned tramways and some cross-border operators added to the fascination.
This album covers those main line and narrow gauge railways in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland during the 1950s and 1960s, which were photographed in colour and the images used are believed never to have appeared in print before. Although most of the pictures depict individual locomotives or ones hauling trains, the opportunity has been taken to show some of the railway infrastructure of the period as well, since this is of particular interest to railway modellers. There has been a very active preservation movement in Ireland over the years, with many wonderful steam-hauled rail tours being operated that continue to this day, however this book will focus on the normal every day operations.
The Tracks of my Railway Years
Paperback, 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? CIÉ 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.
Rails Through North Kerry - Limerick to Tralee and Branches
Jonathan Beaumont and Barry Carse
Paperback, 28 x 21 cm, 156 colour and 22 b&w photos, 1 map, 2 track
plans, 144 pages, £16.00 or €19.00
A scenic, pictorial journey along the meandering railway route known as the ‘North Kerry’ line which carried traffic between Limerick City and Tralee through beautiful countryside.
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 Castleisland.
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.