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The Midland Great Western Railway of Ireland - An Illustrated History
Midland Publishing

The Midland Great Western Railway of Ireland - An Illustrated History

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The Midland Great Western is the last of the major Irish railway companies to have its history published. It was the third largest system in the country after the Great Southern & Western and the Great Northern.

The Midland's main lines linked Dublin to Galway and Sligo and an extensive network of branches and secondary lines served areas as diverse as the lush pastures of Meath and the barren grandeur of Connemara.

The MGWR was in many ways the most Irish of the major companies having little or no connection with its British contemporaries. This independence was also expressed in the design of its locomotives and rolling stock which had a distinctive appearance. Many Midland locomotives lasted into the 1950s and '60s including some of the well known 2-4-0 tender engines designed by Martin Mock in the 1890s, which were probably the last locomotives of this type in regular service in Europe.

This comprehensive history of the MGWR concentrates on the period when from its formation in the 1840s to its amalgamation, with other railways in the south of Ireland, to form the Great Southern Railways, at the grouping of Irish railways in 1925. However the story of the former Midland system is brought fully up to date.

Separate chapters focus on the locomotives, rolling stock, services. accidents, hotel and catering services and the Royal Canal. which the company bought in order to run its main line parallel to the canal as it struck off westwards out of Dublin.

A great deal of information has been assembled in the ten detailed appendices at the end of the book. which cover such topics as locomotives, carriage and wagon fleets, tickets and line and station opening and closing dates. Over 100 monochrome photographs, plus diagrams and 4mm scale line drawings to be found throughout the book.

Hardback, 144 pages, over 100 black & white photographs

Condition: Very Good

ISBN: 9781857800081

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