Rails Through Connemara - The Galway-Clifden Railway (LP 250)
Up until the publication of this book, Kathleen Villiers-Tuthill's work (The Connemara Railway) was the authority on the old Galway-Clifden branch of the MGWR.
Now Jonathan Beaumont has composed a full-blown history of the line and the book represents many years of extensive research. The book begins with an account of Connemara, in the west of Ireland, and the various schemes put forward to link its two main settlements, Galway and Clifden. The first of these was proposed in 1860, but it was over 30 years before the line was built by the Midland Great Western Railway who operated it until 1925 when the government shied away from Nationalisation but merged all railways operating only in Irish Free State into Great Southern Railways. The line closed in 1935. Given the full Oakwood treatment there are eleven chapters including Train Services, Locomotives and Rolling Stock and Road Services . Appendices include the Shantalla Siding, Tourism and the Recess Hotel, The Ulster & Connaught Light Railway and The Marconi Railway, Clifden . The illustrations comprise photographs of stations, signals, and tickets as well as maps, charts, diagrams and advertisements.
Softback, 192 pages, black & white photographs, drawings and more
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