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Irish Railways Vol.1: Irish Railways Miscellany - Films from the 1950s to the 1970

Irish Railways Vol.1: Irish Railways Miscellany - Films from the 1950s to the 1970


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A mixture of old and new in the 1950s and 60s when the latest diesels shared tracks with steam locos, some of which dated from the 1860s. This programme features the Great Northern Railway of Ireland at Dublin, AEC & other early railcars, the Fintona Horse Tram & the railbus. Also steam in action at Omagh & Strabane; The Sligo, Leitrim, & Northern Counties Railway; County Donegal Narrow Gauge and on Cavan & Leitrim NG lines: steam & diesel at Dublin's Westland Row & Kingsbridge stations: steam at Cork; plus enthusiasts specials. This video is a revised version of the original Online production but with some new footage and a new commentary.


Published by: Demand Media
First published on DVD: 2007 on DVD
Screen aspect ratio: 4:3 SD
Classification: Exempt
Number of discs: 1 DVD-R

Running Time: 58-mins (0hr 58min) , Colour
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Irish Railways Vol.2: The Swansong of Steam in Ulster

Irish Railways Vol.2: The Swansong of Steam in Ulster


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This sequel to Online Video's Irish Railways Vol 1 features the film of John Laird which records steam traction in Ulster in the early '60s.


By the early 1960s steam traction had virtually disappeared from the railways of the Irish Republic. However ir still flouirshed on the lines of the Ulster Transport Authority in Norhern Ireland where the years up to 1964 can rightly be described as providing the Swansong of Steam in Ireland.


As a young man, John Laird set out to record on film as much as he could of the steam action in his native province, and in this selection of his work, published fo rthe first time, is to be found a wonderful record of those exciting years.


This volume opens with a glimpse of some of the last CIE steam locomotives in service in the Irish Republic, (the survivors of Ireland's most numerous class, the ex-Great Southern & Western Railway's "101" class 0-6-0s which were built from 1866 onwards). Moving north, the rest of the volume concentrates on covering all the lines and classes still in operation in Northern Ireland between 1962 and 1964.


We begin with steam excursions on the last surviving oart of the old Belfast & County Down Railway, the line from Bangor, and in a unique sequence, the Bertram Mills Circus Train is also captured on that line. Our travels continue along the ex-GNR main line between Belfast and Dundalk. We take a trip from Goraghwood on the main line down the scenic branch to Newry and Warrenpoint. The former LMS/NCC lines are not forgotten and we conclude with extenede sequences on the GNR route to the north west, The Derry Road.


Among locos featued are ex-GNR U and S class 4-4-0s, UG and SG 0-6-0s and one of the last GNR 4-4-2Ts in service. A speacial sequence pays trubute to the VS class, the last 4-4-0s built in the world and the final flowering of GreatNorthern locomotive design, the LMS/NCC 0-6-0s. The last conventional steam locomotives built for an Irish railway, the pair of 0-6-4Ts supplied by Beyer-Peakcock to the Sligo, Leitrim and Northern Countes Railway in the late 1940s are also seen at work.


For anyone with eaven a passing interest in the railways of Ireland and for the lovers of the steam locomotive, John Laird's superb colour films provide a wonderful evocation of those last great years of 5ft 3in gauge steam.


Published by: Demand Media
Filmed by/when: John Laird. Produced by Tom Ferris. Directed by Wilf Watters
First published on DVD: 1992 on VHS; 2007 on DVD
Screen aspect ratio: 4:3 SD
Classification: Exempt
Number of discs: 1 DVD-R

Running Time: 60-mins (1hr 0min) approx , Colour
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Irish Railways Vol.3: The Irish Narrow Gauge (50-mins)

Irish Railways Vol.3: The Irish Narrow Gauge (50-mins)


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The greatest concentration of narrow gauge railways in the British Isles was to be found in Ireland where between the 1870s and 1920 over 530 miles of 3ft gauge track was constructed. Though the last of these lines closed in 1961, their attraction for those intersted in railways has, if anythingm increased with the passage of time. In this first video devoted to these lines we show colour films made between 1939 and 1959 which feature five 3ft gauge systems in differnt parts of the country.

THE LONDONDERRY & LOUGH SWILLY RAILWAY Canon Tom Doherty's remarkable colour film of the line from Letterkenny to Burtonport was made in 1939 and features one of the Swilly's pair of 4-8-0 tender engines. This is probably the earliest colour film of an Irish railway ever made.

THE COUNTY DONEGAL RAILWAY Films by Keith Christie and J H Roberts. Locations featured include Ballyshannon, Killybegs, Donegal Town, Barnesmore Gap, Stanorlar, Strabane and Letterkenny. The three types of CDR steam locomotives which survived into the 1950s are shown as well as brace of the system's pioneering diesl railcars.

THE CAVAN & LEITRIM RAILWAY Both the C&L's main line from Dromod to Belturbet and the roadside tramway to Arigna are covered. Entirely steam worked until closure in 1959, we see engines transferred from the Cork, Blackrock & Passage (closed 1932) and the Tralee & Dingle (closed 1953) at work in Keith Christies's films.

THE TRALEE & DINGLE RAILWAY J H Roberts was a passenger on one of the last passenger trains on this famous line in June 1953 and recorded the passage of the train at various locations along the way.

THE WEST CLARE RAILWAY Fully moderised in the 1950s, Keith Christie and J H Roberts recorded the new diesel railcars and locomotives on passenger and freight trains on the main line from Ennis to Kilkee and on the branch from Moyasta Junction to Kilrush.


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Irish Railways Vol.4: Twilight of Steam in Ulster (55-mins.)

Irish Railways Vol.4: Twilight of Steam in Ulster (55-mins.)


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Archive footage taken between '63 & '65 of steam action in Ulster.


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Irish Railways Vol.5: Irish Railways in the 1940s and 1950s (45-mins)

Irish Railways Vol.5: Irish Railways in the 1940s and 1950s (45-mins)


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Includes: NG systems of County Donegal, Londonderry & Lough Swilly, Ballycastle Line; Dundalk works; Finotona & Hill of Howth Tramway; Dundalk, Newry & Greenore Railway.


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Irish Railways Vol.6: Peat Railways of Ireland (55-mins)

Irish Railways Vol.6: Peat Railways of Ireland (55-mins)


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Features the extensive narrow gauge network of Bord na Mona, the Irish Peat Board, which operates up to 1,000 miles of 3ft. gauge track.


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Irish Railways Vol.7: Irish Railways in the 1960's (55-mins)

Irish Railways Vol.7: Irish Railways in the 1960's (55-mins)


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Explores the changing face of Ireland's railways in the 1960's from steam to diesel.


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Irish Railways Vol.8: From Baltimore To Belfast (55-mins)

Irish Railways Vol.8: From Baltimore To Belfast (55-mins)


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A journey throught the 1950s Part 1: A look at Irelands's railways by an American & includes West Clare, Tralee & Dingle, Dublin-Cork mainline, Kildare & Limerick Junction, Dublin's Harcourt Street line, Hill of Howth tramway, & an ex-BCDR Baltic tank loco on the Bangor line.


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BR VOL 1 WATERLOO SUNSET (??-mins)

BR VOL 1 WATERLOO SUNSET (??-mins)


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BR VOL 2 RAILS IN ISLE WIGHT (??-mins)

BR VOL 2 RAILS IN ISLE  WIGHT (??-mins)


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BR VOL 3 VINTAGE SOUTHERN (??-mins)

BR VOL 3 VINTAGE SOUTHERN (??-mins)


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BR VOL 4 BEWDLEY TO BLANEAU (??-mins)

BR VOL 4 BEWDLEY TO BLANEAU (??-mins)


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