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The Cork, Blackrock and Passage Railway, and River Steamers 1850-1932
Colm Creedon

The Cork, Blackrock and Passage Railway, and River Steamers 1850-1932

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This history book is not by any means the first attempt to record the story of the Passage Railway. As early as 1909 the late Harold Fayle of Bournemouth wrote a comprehensive article about the line, by then extended to Crosshaven, in the British journal "Railway Magazine". At the time of the closure in 1932, several historical references to the building of the line appeared in local newspapers. In 1950, the centenary year of the opening, the Cork Evening Echo carried an article about the railway by Walter Mc Grath who expanded the text in a feature in the C.I.E. magazine Cuisle na Tire around the same period. The subject has been covered in three books; the Oakwood Press "Cork, Blackrock and Passage Railway" by the late Alan T. Newham in 1970, the author's "Cork City Railway Stations" in 1985, and Colman O'Mahony's excellent "Maritime Gateway to Cork" in 1986. It has featured in Fayle's "Narrow Gauge Railways of Ireland", Casserley's "Outline History of Irish Railways" and "Irish Railways in the Hey-Day of Steam; Prideaux's "The Irish Narrow Gauge Railway" and Middlemass's "Encyclopaedia of the Narrow Gauge." However, since most of the already published material on the line is either unobtainable or out of print, it is felt that a new up-to-date book about what was at one time popularly known as "Cork's own railway" would be appropriate in this the sixtieth anniversary year of the closure. Many previously unpublished photographs are included to bring back memories to the older generation and, hopefully, arouse interest among the young people along the route about a lost part of their transport heritage. Self-contained broad gauge railways seem to be an Irish phenomenon. There were several over the years and from 1850 to 1900 the Passage Railway was the shortest of them. This was no branch line off a larger system but a completely separate railway in its own right. This is just one aspect which makes its story so interesting and absorbing.

Softback, 15x20cm, 206 pages, black & white photographs

Condition: Good/Very Good with some fading to spine

ISBN: 9780999006573

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