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Irish Narrow Gauge Railways

 modelling 2004.05.09  
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Irish Three Foot Narrow Gauge Railways

Andy Turnbull, who models in both 1/4" and 9mm scales, has started a yahoo group for modellers of Irish narrow gauge railways in any scale and gauge.


 modelling 2003.07.04  
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1 to 20.3 Irish and Manx Narrow gauge

Paul Stevenson has started an email list for modellers of Irish and Manx narrow gauge railways in 15mm to the foot or 1:20.3 scale, on 45mm gauge track. (With sixteen new members in the first day, it looks like he may have struck a chord with some of us!)


 book 2003.03.29  

The Wee Donegal Revisited

Robert Robotham and Joe Curran have brought out a sequel to The last years of the Wee Donegal. A great selection of photographs (of much improved contrast and colour), and extensive drawings of stock, are complemented by handbills, track-diagrams, and timetable extracts.

 site update 2003.01.01  


Mike Bunch, who lived in Derry for many years and photographed the CDR during its last decade, has generously donated more than 400 photos to the Donegal Railway Heritage Centre. He has also kindly granted permission to use many of them on this site.

Many thanks to Joe Begley for scanning them and making them available.

 book 2002.09.29  

Lost Railways of Co. Antrim

Stephen Johnson brings us a second book in the "Lost Railways" series published by Stenlake. A full third of this book is dedicated to narrow gauge: the CDRJC, Portstewart Tramway, and LLSR are covered.

 news 2002.09.06  

RPSI Winter Meetings

The Railway Preservation Society of Ireland's Winter Schedule is now @online. Talks include:

  • Wednesday 13th November 2002
    Another Night in Old Donegal - Joe Curran and Robert Robotham launch their new, all-colour, book on the last days of the narrow gauge County Donegal Railway. Tonight they bring us behind the scenes of how this great railway operated and present a selection of previously unpublished colour pictures from their book as well as some material that wasn't used. Illustrated with slides
  • Wednesday 12th March 2003
    Advance to Retreat - Gerard Muldoon recalls the heyday of the narrow gauge line from Ballymena to Parkmore and Retreat and its impact on the locality.
    New Giant at the Gauseway - David Laing reviews the origins of the Giant's Causeway and Bushmills Railway and brings us up to date with a report on its successful first season. Both illustrated with slides and large screen video

Meetings are open to all, and start at 7:30pm in St. Jude's Church Hall, St. Jude's Crescent, Ravenhill Road, Belfast. For more details, @see their website

 thanks 2002.08.24  


Many thanks to Joe Begley, for scans of three dozen CDRJC tickets.

 book 2002.07.28  

Lost Railways of Co. Down and Co. Armagh

First in a series of four books by Stephen Johnson, this book has three pages on the Bessbrook & Newry Tramway, as well as many on the BCDR and GNR(I). Stenlake will be publishing the rest of the series in the near future.


Ireland was blessed with an extensive collection of 3' Gauge Tramways and Light Railways, carrying both goods and passengers, mostly drawn by steam power.

Whether you are an enthusiast, modeller or historian, I hope that these pages will serve as a useful index to the material that is available concerning these lines.

Comments and corrections would be most welcome. Wherever you see a make comment, you may click on it to send a comment about that item.



Start with contents , or click on the section you want in the bar on the right.

The pages are profusely cross-linked, and every page has a link back to the Contents page in the top-right, and a link to this page under the graphic in the top left.

Book citations

Book citations occur in brackets [], with the abbreviated book title, a colon and one or more citation details separated by spaces. Each citation detail consists of three or four parts separated by hyphens '-'.

The first part is the citation type

  • a - assorted (a collection of more than one ofthe types below)
  • b - black & white photograph
  • c - color photograph
  • d - diagram, (track)
  • e - engineering (scale) drawing
  • k - sketch
  • m - map
  • n - narrative text
  • t - table

The second part is the citation size in negative powers of two of a square metre, just like european paper: so -4 is an A4 illustration (8-1/2 x 11"), and -6 is postcard sized. Text is also given as a ratio of the whole page, down to a minimum of 1/8 (-3) below the size of the page. The third part is the page number (e.g.: p327), or an abbreviation such as ep (endpaper), or dj (dustjacket), fc (front cover), or tp (title page). The fourth part, if present is the date.


Dates are given in years (yyyy), or year and month (, or year/month/day ( Where a number is doubtful, a leading '?' is prepended. Where a series of numbers or text is doubtful, a leading '?' followed by a space, brackets the doubtful text up to the next '?'.

Offsite Links

Offsite links are indicated by a red triangle (@). I would be grateful if you could notify me of any broken links.


Some place names are followed by their Gaelic names in braces{}. You will need a gaelic font for these to render correctly. Suitable fonts are:

Where are the pictures?

I have very few. Links to pages with photos have a photo before them. If you have scanned photographs that you own the copyright to (very important!), and will allow me to publish them on these pages, please send them to me:

In the meantime, here are some sites with pictures:














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