West clare opened from ennis to milltown malbay 271887. Between 1892 and 1952, the slieve callan powered the west clare railway, which had been immortalised in song by percy french. Included in this book are photographs and diagrams illustrating the gwrs equipment, some railway stations, its network, shipping and air services, and bus operations, including western national. It was a steam driven rail service between ennis and kilrush and the journey took about 3 hours. Plans to create a greenway from ennis to lahinch for walkers and cyclists have taken a blow, with many farmers opposing the idea. In the tracks of the west clare railway author eddie lenihan. It was the last narrow gauge line to remain open in ireland closing in 1961. Part of the line, between moyasta and kilkee, has been restored, and one of the original engines, the exquisite slieve callan, is back in use. A short length of line has been preserved at moyasta junction. The following table is a brief history of the west clare railway constructed from, edmund lenihan, in the tracks of the west clare railway, 1999, dublin.
The line closed down in 1961, but thanks to a group of local enthusiasts the west clare railway lives once more. The west clare railway part 8 a miscellany roger farnworth. This barcode number lets you verify that youre getting exactly the right version or edition of a book. May 22, 2011 we did have maps of the old sar system and others in sa at one time, at the nrm the book shop sells more than just railway books though. To record through storytelling and photographs the magic of the west clare railway made famous by percy. The last of these to close was the west clare railway in 1961, a line immortalised in song and remembered by railway enthusiasts as a special railway with more than its fair share of lore and colourful stories which ran from ennis, the county town of clare through a unique landscape to the wild atlantic coast at kilkee and kilrush. The west clare railway hardcover january 1, 1994 by patrick taylor author. The railway was shut down by the government in 1961. The story has been well documented over the years, in book and song. Both pichi richi and steamranger have book and souvenirs etc for sale as well so it would be best to check them out as well.
Jun 06, 2015 provided to youtube by cdbaby west clare railway john oloughlin humorous songs of percy french. A comprehensive history from a man who lived all his life by the line. History, west clare railway, percy french, are ye right. West clare railway has been restored to provide a fun day out for families and school tours. West clare railway despite their website saying the museum was open, when i arrived there wasnt a soul around and all locked up. West clare railway link for kilrush the irish times. The west clare railway wcr originally operated in county clare, ireland between 1887 and 1961.
The west clare railway used to run from the county town of ennis to kilrush in county clare. South clare from milltown malbay to kilkee and kilrush opened 1892 3892 for goods and 231192 for passengers. Clare fms fiona mcgarry spoke to willie hanrahan, chairperson of the clare ifa about the greenway. The engine has been fully restored and is in operation at the museum.
The railway timetable for three trains each way between ennis and kilkee with branch line connections to kilrush was published under the sole name of the west clare railway in june 1893. The station house has the original ticket office, waiting room and ladies waiting. The west clare railway was the topic of percy frenchs song are ye right there michael, are ye right. It opened in 1865 on the stour valley railway between sudbury and cambridge. A 60yearold government doctor, who had tested positive for coronavirus, died in kolkata on sunday, marking the first coviddeath of a health official in west bengal while a. May 17, 2017 the line from marks tey to sudbury opened on 2. West clare railway county clare 2020 all you need to know. In the tracks of west clare railway by eddie lenihan. First train to clare, south australia, coming into the station, 4 july 1918. Oct 04, 2009 in august 2009, the 117yearold slieve callan was returned to service on the west clare railway after an absence of more than half a century.
The west clare railway is in moyasta, county clare and is a heritage narrow gauge railway museum. The west clare railway wcr operated in county clare, ireland between 1887 and 1961. I had read that kilkee station building was still standing but had no idea where it was located. It was a very important service to the people who lived along its route. In the tracks of the west clare railway oidhreacht an chlair. Kilkee girls getting the train to school in kilrush, 1937. This 914 mm 3 ft gauge narrow gauge railway ran from the county town of ennis, via numerous stoppingpoints along the west clare coast to two termini, at kilrush and kilkee the routes diverging at moyasta junction. One persons identification with miltown malbay a friend has sent me a copy of a book by gabriel vaughan entitled my affair with malbay. The west clare railway part 1 ennis to corofin roger farnworth.
This 3 ft 914 mm narrow gauge railway ran from the county town of ennis, via numerous stoppingpoints along the west clare coast to two termini, at kilrush and kilkee, with the routes diverging at moyasta junction. Books about south australian railways page 1 south. For what was a railway is now a disjointed succession of pieces linking not just places but in a way two worlds. West clare railway greenway hits a bump in the road clare fm. You never know what you might find in there at times. It is the railway that inspired percy frenchs song, are ye right, there, michael. They have an original steam engine which used to be outside. West clare railway skibbereen eagleskibbereen eagle. West clare railway news latest news on west clare railway.
The west clare railway by patrick taylor, 9781871980165, available at book depository with free delivery worldwide. The concrete strip is the cattle dock with the trackbed now filled up to dock level. Merely to get the first train moving took almost four decades and. Come visit us and immerse yourself in steam, nostalgia and times past. Explore free books, like the victory garden, and more browse now.
The importance, magnitude and impact of the birth of the west clare railway on the local transport system of county clare cannot be measured. Are ye right there michael is a song by the 19thcentury and early 20thcentury irish composer and musician percy french, parodying the state of the west clare railway system in rural county clare. Clare railway station was a station that served the village of clare in suffolk, england. The station and line closed in 1967 as part of the beeching cuts. Aug 21, 2019 the last of these to close was the west clare railway in 1961, a line immortalised in song and remembered by railway enthusiasts as a special railway with more than its fair share of lore and colourful stories which ran from ennis, the county town of clare through a unique landscape to the wild atlantic coast at kilkee and kilrush. West clare railway kilrush museums activities visit. Council says efforts made to ease landowners greenway concerns. An amazing volume, a labour of love by patrick taylor which he never saw in print, as he died before it was assembled and finally printed in uk. The locomotive was steamed for the first time on july 14th marking the return of steam to the west clare railway after an absence of over 57 years. It was inspired by an actual train journey in 1896. Taylor was born and raised in bangor, county down, in northern ireland. Most people have heard of the west clare railway than ever travelled on it because on the famous percy french song areye right there, michael this book is many things, a history of the famous railway line, a tourist guide to west clare, a record of a walking journey along what remains of the line from ennis to kilkeekilrush and a tribute to the people and county of clare.
Clare station and goods yard seen from the cattle mound in april 1990. Percy french v west clare railway by brian comerford for free with a 30 day free trial. We did have maps of the old sar system and others in sa at one time, at the nrm the book shop sells more than just railway books though. Railway station, clare photograph state library of south. You will be redirected there in a moment irish narrow gauge west clare railway. Enter your mobile number or email address below and well send you a link to download the free kindle app. A 60yearold government doctor, who had tested positive for coronavirus, died in kolkata on sunday, marking the first coviddeath of a. Jan 27, 2017 the line closed down in 1961, but thanks to a group of local enthusiasts the west clare railway lives once more. From then on, the railway trundled on gaining new passengers as its services became better known.
Edmund lenihan, in his book, in the tracks if the west clare railway, says. In the tracks of the west clare railway edmund lenihan. The west clare railway, situated at moyasta junction on the n67 coast road half way between kilrush and kilkee, is open all year round providing memories of irelands rural narrowgauge travel in the first half of the twentieth century. Had a great trip down west clare way last thursday to moyasta junction where number 5 steam engine, the slieve callan, from the west clare railway is kept in a purposebuilt shed. The west clare railway by patrick taylor goodreads. Eine verlangerung wurde im mai 1892 als south clare railway eroffnet. I purchased a copy of in the tracks of the west clare railway by eddie lenihan on a visit to my native county clare. Opened in 1887 between ennis and miltown malbay, the west clare railway became part of the great southern railways in 1925 and was. Media in category west clare railway the following 62 files are in this category, out of 62 total. It was a 3 foot narrow gauge railway which closed in 1961.
The west clare railway was one of a network of 3 foot gauge lines built across rural west ireland in the wake of the 1883 tramways act. The most recent purchases by the west clare railway was former ie carriages 6105, 7146 and 6402. Construction of the west clare railway from ennis to miltown malbay was given the royal assent on 7th august 1884, and work began the following november. In august 2009, the 117yearold slieve callan was returned to service on the west clare railway after an absence of more than half a century. The platforms, station building, waiting room and a goods shed are within the clare castle country park. There is more than one author with this name patrick taylor, m. Fascinating historical and geographical account of par. In the tracks of the west clare railway paints an evocative picture of a time when the railway breathed life into west clare. Sie fuhrte uber ennistymon bis nach miltown malbay. In the tracks of the west clare railway is at once a history of a famous railway. Tremendous detail, and tells the full story of the music hall hit, the west clare railway, which ive known and loved for. Working hard on my mini documentary for the diploma in radio. On our website you can stay up to date with all the happenings in moyasta station. Moyastas name is an anglicisation of the gaelic magh sheasta a little stop or in other words, a halt.206 1284 353 1030 725 272 551 584 68 958 337 546 649 1228 285 68 159 258 637 701 1363 699 794 1500 451 66 1143 868 1283 802 1396 1187 25 274 49 1182