Irish Railway Record Society
JOURNAL 190 OTHER RAILWAY NEWS
An event took place on the ISPS line on Sunday 20
March, to commemorate an attack on the Maryboro (now Portlaoise) - Abbeyleix
railway line on the night of Easter Sunday 23 April 1916, during which the first
shot of the 1916 Easter Rising was fired. An account of the incident can be
found at .
A local group, Lord
Edward’s Own, staged a mock engagement of British troops and Irish Volunteers,
with the audience brought to the “battle site” by train. 4 special trains
ran with 45 passengers on each service. An empty train operated between each
passenger train for positioning. Scenes were filmed for a TV documentary about
the events surrounding this first shot of the Rising. One of the ISPS railway
volunteers was filmed patrolling the line with an old hand lamp from Maryborough
Goods department and ducking on cue for the cameramen, while separately a member
of the group playing the Irish Volunteers was filmed taking the "first
shot". The TV documentary was shown on the Irish language TG4 television
channel on Sunday 28 March.
Waterford & Suir Valley Railway
The W&SVR had
an inaugural 2-mile run for officials and sponsors on Saturday 4 August 2001.
Four trips for invited guests took place on Saturday 25 August 2001, and a
supporters’ special also ran over this first section of line on Thursday 20
started the following year, on Saturday 3 August 2002. By 2005, track had been
extended to Bilberry, but advertised public service remained limited to
Carriganore. Carriganore – Bilberry was however used for an unadvertised once
a month service, Monday 16 May 2005 – Monday 15 September 2005 only (i.e. four
Mondays only). Advertised public service was extended from Carriganore to the
location referred to as Gracedieu, adjacent to the N25 Toll Plaza (see Journal
189), from Tuesday 13 July 2010, with a ceremonial trip to Gracedieu on the
previous evening, Monday 12 July 2010.
On Saturday 11 June
2016, a special trip conveyed an IRRS party to and from Bilberry, following the
final regular service of the day.
café IN DUBLIN
Dublin has recently
acquired a Tram Café, located in Wolfe Tone Square, about 100m from the Jervis
Luas stop. The café consists of the body (only) of Lisbon bogie car 305, which
was brought to North Wales c. 1998 for its bogies to be under a proposed replica
of a Llandudno & Colwyn Bay Electric Railway tram. It was assigned the No.
25, the next free number in the former L&CBER fleet, repainted in that
company’s livery, and its destination box adapted to show “Colwyn Bay”.
The body of 305/25 was in excellent condition as received from Portugal, and was
sold for further use in Ireland in 2008. It travelled from Holyhead on 31 May
2008, destination Mullagh, Cavan, where it languished in a field, still bearing
its L&CBER livery and number, and destination Colwyn Bay. See the following
In 2011, the tram was spotted in its Cavan field
by one the two partners now running the new venture, and now, after five years,
the tram has entered a new phase of its working life, as a café, back
under its original No. 305.
In the latter link, the café is described as
tiny. It seats about 12 people at the very most inside, with another 20 or
so outside.” The tram afficiionado will of course be aware that 305 was one of
the larger Lisbon trams, with ten side windows, as compared with the
6-window 4-wheel cars used on the hiily routes, which are really very tiny
indeed. The bogie cars had 40 seats in tramway use, total capacity c.60, while
the 4-wheel cars accomodated 20 to 28 pasengers seated with the total capacity
ranging between 42 and a remarkable 58!
We wish this new enterprise every success.
Bord Na Móna General
Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC), Taiyuan, is to
supply 30 aluminium-bodied 914 mm gauge wagons to peat company Bord na Móna.
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