Rails through Connemara The Galway-Clifden Railway


The first section of this Irish broad-gauge line opened in 1895, the line being one of those the Midland Great Western Railway was more or less forced to complete.

It ran through sparsely populated country to the west coast of Connemara but was deemed to have potential for the transport of animals and agricultural produce and tourists, and was expected to bring some degree of prosperity to the regioin. It even had a 'Tourist Express' through train from Dublin up to the start of the First World War. After a long, if not vigorously fought battle against declining traffic, the railway closed in 1935.

Also includes the story of Marconi's railway at Clifden, and the Galway tramwaqy.

192 well produced pages. Numerous B&W photohraphs, maps and ephemera. Paperback.