Irish Rail Sites
I won't pretend to be an authoritative historian of the Irish
but I continue to seek sites of interest on the subject. If you're
in learning more about the narrow gauge lines, the current attempts to
restore them, various attempts to model them, or news about the
Irish rail networks, check out some of the following...
At long last, the group at Moyasta has its own Web site. Still under
it has information on their ongoing efforts to restore Slieve Callan to
service, as well as a wealth of information on the railway, including a
table of information on the rolling stock, coaches, and locomotives of
the West Clare.
This was, for many years, the only site devoted to the restoration of
to the West Clare, but it hasn't been updated in several years, since
sad passing of the man who ran the site for many years. I keep
link here in tribute to Steve Killeen.
A private site with some well-composed (if highly-compressed) images
on holiday in Ireland of the contemporary service on the West Clare and
also of the Tralee and Blennerville. The text is in German, but the
speak for themselves.
A really great project put together in part by the schoolchildren of
Clare. It's a map of the railway with histories of the towns
the line written by the children of the particular district, some
nice family stories about the railway. Also some nice B&W
of the line. Be sure to visit this site. Mouse over the "Projects" button on their home page and click on the link for the WCR.
Link to a RealAudio file of the story RTE filed in January 1961
the closure of the West Clare. If you have RealPlayer, this is a
fascinating little story. This is part of the RTE archives that
put on-line as part of their 75th anniversay celebration. If
interested in more audio clips about major events in recent Irish
click to the main page: http://www.rte.ie/radio/radio75/soundbytes.htm/
A well-done site. Recently overhauled (and
made Netscape-friendly!), there's an archive of historical photos in
to news and images from the restored line as well as a small
of the C&L. The C&L inherited stock and locos from many of the
other Irish narrow gauge lines upon their closure, so it was rather
an operating museum in its later years. Be sure to visit this
NEW A site devoted to the
history of the railway and the modern Tralee
& Blennerville line. A good site with lots of small but nice
A new link with information about the ongoing
on a short section of the original right of way, still powered by
2-6--2T No 5. One small photo and a timetable (I can't vouch for
how current the latter is).
A very nice photographic essay of a 2003 visit to the Tralee and
which also has a few evocative photos of the old right-of-way of the
Clare. It still amazes me that more than forty years after
there's still so much visible evidence of the railway in the
A great site, with a comprehensive history of the Donegal railways
the L&LS), with a lot of information for aspiring modelers,
suppliers of locos & rolling stock kits--sadly for me, only in 4mm
(HO) and 7 mm (O) scale. You can spend a lot of time browsing this
Also known as the Fintown and Glenties Railway, it's a narrow gauge
railway running on a section of one of the old Donegal lines. Trains
hauled by a small black diesel; for the non-Irish speakers amongst us,
(and my cuid beag is so rusty it hardly counts), "an mhuc dubh"
as "the black pig."
In the summer of 2003 a recreation of a small stretch of the famous
(and somewhat improbable) Lartigue monorail was opened for service in
Listowel, Co. Kerry. Their Web site documents their operations
with a number of photographs, and there's a good selection of images of
the old line, which was closed in the 1920s. If you can't make it
to Kerry, you should at least visit this site.
A new railway, mostly steam-powered, built on part of the right of way
of the old Giant's Causeway tramway, "the first hydro-electric
in the world," which closed in 1949. The site is worth a look,
the railway probably worth a ride.
A Yahoo! group with a self-explanatory name. Individuals send
to the group. which are then forwarded to everyone who subscribes to
group. There's not an overwhelming volume of traffic on the
but it's a very amiable group. and there's much collective knowledge to
be mined therein. If you're even thinking about modeling the
ng on 45mm tracks, this group is highly recommended.
This is an incredibly valuable site, a comprehensive listing of what
to be every reference to the Irish narrow gauge railways in
If it ever appeared in a magazine or book, it's probably catalogued
The organization of the material takes a bit of getting used to, but
well worth it.
A site devoted to one man's garden railway. Nice photographs of some
scratch-built models. That they're models of Irish prototypes has, of
not influenced my opinion of this site at all :-)
has built a model of one of the West Clare diesels as well as a
model of one of the T&D 2-6-0Ts that ran for a while on the West
He's posted many large, sharp photos on his site. He's also doing
some very interesting work on an indoor, modular railway. His
An exquisite display railway built as a group effort by members of the
Chester Model Railway Club in OO scale on 12 mm track. Their
representes scenes from the western (Dingle) end of the Tralee &
Railway. The images of their work next to the prototype scene
show their exquisite attention to detail. Their model of the old
Dingle station makes me want to take a ride out to Dingle in the brake
van of a train of empty cattle vans going out for the cattle fair
by a 2-6-0T leaking steam at every joint, and when/if we arrived, to
off long enough for a pint at Ashe's pub in town...
Steve's modelling is of the Irish broad gauge, but his work is great,
his site is a very good leaping-off point for information on many
of Irish railways and modelling.
Contains several photos of the contemporary Irish rail scene taken by
URL updated. Lots of news and
including their operating schedule for the year. If only they worked to
preserve the narrow gauge as well!
A really useful site, full of news about the contemporary Irish rail
Quite interesting, with information as specific as the loco roster for
a given train on a certain day.
The museum has an extensive collection of Irish narrow gauge equipment;
unfortunately, none of it is highlighted on this site.
I understand they are very helpful to those interested in the subject,
and contacts are listed.
Dead link. If anyone knows where this amazingly comprehensive
has gone to, please let me know.
Ken Lennan keeps listings of the auction prices for various pieces of
from the Irish railways, both standard and narrow gauge. He also has a
good set of links, including one to this site. (Thanks, Ken!) Of real
to the collector, and a serious trap for those who don't yet realize
want to become collectors.
Not if this group has its way. A nice site promoting tourism in West
especially Kilrush. Not a railway-related site, I know, but take a look
anyway. Perhaps if enough rail fans hit their site, they'll mention the
West Clare group and link to their Web site.
If anyone has information or a URL for any group not listed here,
let me know.