Irish Traction in Colour
As in Great Britain, the period from the mid-1950s onwards saw considerable changes to the railways of Ireland with contraction seeing, for example, the demise of the final narrow gauge lines and the complexities of the division of the Ireland leading to the closure of the bulk of the erstwhile GNR(I) network. It was also a period that witnessed the final elimination of main line steam in both the Republic and Northern Ireland, although the latter retained steam for longer than the rest of the United Kingdom, as diesel traction was introduced. Initially many of the new locomotives and diesel-units delivered for use on Ireland s network were built in Britain but increasingly overseas manufacturers, most notably General Motors, came to dominate, particularly with CIE. In this title Derek Huntriss reflects the changes in Irish traction between the mid-1950s and the early 1980s, encompassing the last steam operations and the career of the first generation of Irish diesel locomotives. During these years Ireland acted as a magnet for many of the leading railway photographers from Britain and the book draws upon these collections to provide images covering railways in both the Republic and Northern Ireland.
Hardback, 96 pages, colour photographs
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