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The West Clare Railway

Postby rogerfarnworth » Sat Apr 13, 2019 2:47 pm

This thread is the result of reading another article in The Railway Magazine, this time from the May 1951 edition!

This time we are in the Republic of Ireland, specifically in County Clare. The May 1951 edition of the magazine carried an article on the 3ft gauge light railway which ran from Ennis to Kilrush and Kilkee. The total length of the railway was about 53 miles.

The first post gives some consideration to the history of the line and then looks at the section of the journey between Ennis and Corofin.

http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/04/08/th ... to-corofin
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Re: The West Clare Railway

Postby rogerfarnworth » Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:32 am

This is the next part of the journey along the West Clare Railway.

http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/04/15/th ... to-lahinch
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Re: The West Clare Railway

Postby george matthews » Wed Apr 17, 2019 5:53 am

The West Clare railway was the result of a British policy, following the Irish Famine, to improve transport in the rural areas. The government chose three foot gauge for most of these new lines, to reduce construction costs. The result was a number of these small gauge lines in rural Ireland. Of course by the 1950s their functions were replaced by road transport and all of the lines closed, except a few remain as tourist lines. When they were still functioning their reputation featured in comedy. Thus the famous song "Are you right there Michael" satirised one of these rural lines - in fact the West Clare itself. A short section of the Tralee and Dingle has been revived as a tourist attraction, which I came across about 20 years ago. It does not connect at Tralee Broad gauge station, which is now a terminus.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Are_Ye_Right_There_Michael
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Re: The West Clare Railway

Postby rogerfarnworth » Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:27 am

Yes, George
The song is in the Appendix to my second post on the line.
Best wishes
Roger
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Re: The West Clare Railway

Postby rogerfarnworth » Sun Apr 21, 2019 2:14 pm

The next length of the line takes us from Lahinch to Miltown-Malbay. .....

http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/04/20/th ... own-malbay
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