• The West Clare Railway

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  by rogerfarnworth
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.

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  by george matthews
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_Ri ... re_Michael
Last edited by george matthews on Wed Apr 17, 2019 7:25 pm, edited 1 time in total.
  by rogerfarnworth
Yes, George
The song is in the Appendix to my second post on the line.
Best wishes
  by rogerfarnworth
The journey along the West Clare continues. We are now firmly in the territory of what was built as the South Clare Railway. This length of the journey takes us from Quilty to Moyasta Junction. ...

http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/05/05/th ... to-moyasta" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
  by rogerfarnworth
We have almost reached the end of the story of the West Clare Railway and the study of its route. The post below completes the details of the remainder of the line, covering the route from Moyasta to Kilrush and Cappagh Pier. One further post will follow eventually which will look at the Locomotives and Rolling Stock on the line.

http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/07/07/th ... ppagh-pier