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The Guinness Railways in Dublin

Discussion in 'Narrow Gauge Railways' started by Roger Farnworth, Apr 27, 2019.

  1. Roger Farnworth

    Roger Farnworth New Member

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    The St. James's Gate Brewery belonging to Guinness had what was apparently the longest private railway system in Ireland. In total there were 10 miles of track of which 8 miles were narrow gauge. There were some interesting innovations in lured within the system - a spiral in narrow gauge allowing trains to pass under St. James's Street, an ingenious conversion wagon which allowed narrow gauge locomotive to work on the broad gauge sidings, a unique design of narrow gauge locomotive specifically suited to the needs of the site.

    This is another post prompted by reading 1951 editions of The Railway Magazine!

    http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/04/26/the-guinness-brewery-railways-dublin
     
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    Very interesting read. My Great-grandfather was an engine driver for Guinness before WW1 before he went off to drive for His Majesty in the trenches. He couldn't get his job back after the war as he was a loyalist. I think he drove narrow gauge trains in a brickworks for a while in the 20's
     
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    "longest private railway system in Ireland"

    Bord na Mona?
     
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    Bord na Móna is a public (or semi-state as Wikipedia puts it) company, therefore, not a private railway system.
     

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