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The Irish Railway Collection consists of steam and diesel locomotives, passenger carriages, goods vehicles, railway buildings, signals and smaller artefacts reflecting 180 years of railways in Ireland.

Our archives contain technical drawings, timetable and tickets from most local companies.

Before the railway era, Ireland was relatively well served by a network of roads and canals, though travel was slow and tedious. Railways made it possible, for the first time, to move large numbers of passengers and quantities of goods at speed over long distances.

Without the railways, the great industrial growth and social development of the 1800s would possibly not have happened. It made travel affordable for ordinary people for the first time. The seaside holiday and the seaside resort also owe their popularity to the railways.

The 1900s witnessed the rise of motorised road transport and air travel and, as a consequence, the decline in importance of the railways.

The collections represents railway travel in Ireland from the earliest surviving Dublin Kingstown Railway carriage dating from 1838 up to the Northern Ireland Railways diesel electric locomotive supplied by Hunslet in 1970. It includes main line express locomotives form many of the best known Irish lines, such as Great Southern Railway steam loco No800 ‘Maedb’ and Northern Counties Committee steam locomotive No74 ‘Dunluce Castle’. We also have a tiny industrial steam locomotive from the Guinness Brewery in Dublin.

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tank & bunker angles & tees 3500 gallon tender

tank & bunker angles & tees 3500 gallon tender

company - LMS London Midland and Scottish Railway technical drawing title - tank & bunker angles & tees 3500 gallon tender drawing number - D37-14874...

coal spillage plate and brackets

coal spillage plate and brackets

company - LMS London Midland and Scottish Railway technical drawing title - coal spillage plate and brackets drawing number - D37-15171 scale - 3inch...

smokebox bottom plates

smokebox bottom plates

company - LMS London Midland and Scottish Railway technical drawing title - smokebox bottom plates drawing number - D37-14806 scale - 3inches to 1foot...

brake shaft carriers

brake shaft carriers

company - LMS London Midland and Scottish Railway technical drawing title - brake shaft carriers, 3500 gallon tenders drawing number - D37-14925 scal...

pipe clips and carriers

pipe clips and carriers

company - LMS London Midland and Scottish Railway technical drawing title - pipe clips and carriers drawing number - D37-14928 scale -3inch to 1 foot ...

arrangement of water indicating and feed gears

arrangement of water indicating and feed gears

company - LMS London Midland and Scottish Railway technical drawing title - arrangement of water indicating and feed gears, 3500 gallon tender drawin...

tender axle NCC

tender axle NCC

company - LMS London Midland and Scottish Railway technical drawing title - tender axle NCC drawing number - D37-14846 scale - 3inches to 1foot and fu...

tender axlebox  oil pad

tender axlebox oil pad

company - LMS London Midland and Scottish Railway technical drawing title - tender axleboc oil pad, full size, 3500 gallon tenders drawing number - D...

water gauge lamp brackets

water gauge lamp brackets

company - LMS London Midland and Scottish Railway technical drawing title - water gauge lamp brackets drawing number - D37-14938 scale - full size cla...

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