A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain - Volume 16: Ireland
Perhaps there is no better time than now to present the final volume of this series covering Ireland. which after years of turmoil at last sees a chance of lasting peace and understanding. For about half the time since the first passenger train ran from Dublin to Dun Laoghaire in 1834, the whole of Ireland came under one government at Westminster, and therefore development of the Emerald Isle's railways followed a generally similar course to those of Britain. It did however need a measure of Treasury support and special Acts to stimulate the building of many lines in a land which unlike any other country has suffered a halving of its population since the dawn of its railway age.
Just as in Britain amalgamations reduced the number of systems to just two, both now state-owned with a much reduced mileage. only 40 percent of its maximum in 1921 when the island divided into two parts, the Irish Free State and Northern Ireland. Happily what is left is by and large secure in its future. A suburban service in Dublin has been electrically worked since 1984 and an entirely new line of 1995 within Belfast has opened up new commuter journeys. For those who knew Ireland's railways in years past there was a special attraction of a land where 'railway times' stood almost still, but now both systems are fully equipped with modern traction and rolling stock and are having track and signalling greatly improved.
Hardback with dust jacket, 280 pages, 37 numbered black & white photographs, 19 maps including large fold-out map to rear
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