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Narrow Gauge Coaching Stock - An Irish Railway Pictorial
Ian Allan

Narrow Gauge Coaching Stock - An Irish Railway Pictorial

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Although in recent years a number of books have been published on Ireland's narrow-gauge railways, until now none has focused on the fascinating range of rolling stock. both goods and passenger. which ran on these lints. Promoted by independent companies. the Irish 3ft-gauge railways each built up a unique collection of rolling stock from a wide range of British builders. This ranged from relatively sophisticated bogie passenger carriages on the Cavan & Leitrim and County Donegal systems to much more modest four- and six-wheel carriages on other lines. Goods stock was equally varied. and a surprising fact that emerges from'this book is that a large proportion of Irish 3ft-
gauge goods wagons had continuous brakes, decades before these were commonplace elsewhere in the British Isles. However, with a few exceptions there was never much money to renew elderly stock, and many lines soldiered on to the end of their existence with rolling stock that had long since seen its best days. The last 'common carrier' narrow-gauge line, the West Clare, was closed by CIE in 1961.

Illustrated throughout, this latest addition to the familiar and highly successful 'Irish Railway Pictorial' series surveys the carriages and wagons used on the Ireland's narrow gauge lines. Author Desmond Coakham, an acknowledged expert on the subject. was unique among those recording Ireland's railways in the 1950s and '60s in that he did not concentrate solely on what was at the front of the train, and it is his personal photographic collection that forms the basis of this book. A retired architect, he has also
included a selection of his own scale drawings as templates for modellers, ensuring the book's appeal not only to those interested in the history of Ireland's narrow-gauge network but also to those intending to replicate parts of it.

Softback, 96 pages, black & white photographs, drawings

ISBN: 9780711031494

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