The Great Northern Railway - An Irish Railway Pictorial
The Great Northern was Ireland's second largest railway, with at its peak, over 600 route miles of track. Today only the Dublin to Belfast main line and the Howth branch retain a passenger service.
Apart from linking Ireland's two largest cities, GNR trains served a large part of the north west of the island, from Dundalk to Derry and from Newry to Bundoran. Though saddled with an international border snaking across its tracks, the GNR still managed to provide a safe and reliable service for the areas it served until the system was decimated by the closures of the 1950s and 60s.
In this pictorial survey of the GNR, focused mainly on the years from 1945 to 1965, Tom Ferris, the author of several books on Ireland's railways, takes a nostalgic photographic journey along the tracks of the Great Northern, covering all the lines which were open in this period. The pictures range from images of crack main line expresses to memories of long closed secondary routes and branch lines. The rolling stock featured ranges from steam locomotives, both ancient and relatively modern, and the pioneering GNR diesel railcars, through to the famous Fintona horse tram.
For those who remember the GNR in its heyday and to all interested in railways, this nostalgic journey into the recent past, will remind us of just what has been lost in the relentless reduction of the railway network.
Softback, 112 pages, black & white photographs
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