An Irish Railways swing over to diesel powered locomotives and rail cars, the largest rolling stock and locomotive engineering firm in the Republic, Inchicore Works, put on an exhibition on trains and railway equipment.
An Irish Railways swing over to diesel powered locomotives and rail cars, the largest rolling stock and locomotive engineering firm in the Republic, Inchicore Works, put on an exhibition on trains and railway equipment. Every age of development of the Irish Railways has a representative in the exhibition at Dublin.
Pride of place was given to the"Dragon Saloon, --the oldest carriage in the show. It was originally built for the engineer who construct the Midland Railway from Athlone to Galway, Mr.William Dargan. The carriage, which was completed in 1844, has large bow windows, with panels modelled on the old stage coach design. She's resplendent in the Victorian style of heavy ornamentation and respectability.
Close by the"Dargan Saloon" is the veteran loco No.36. Put on the lines in 1848, this old fellow hauled main-line trains for a total of 487,918 miles before being retired. On the same piece of exhibition track is Locomotive No.184, built at the Inchicore Works in 1880. Close by her is the most elegant and most powerful engine in Eire, the Maedhbh. This loco, built in 1939, was the last of the coal-burning prototype of a peat-burning locomotive, recently built and experimented with at Inchicore.
Irish Railways reckon to have the whole system running on diesel engines within the next six months and that there will be a saving of GBP1 million per year on coal fuel. 70 diesel railcars and 138 diesel locos are being brought into service as part of the ??? 10 million re-organisation scheme.