Other Cork railways (CMDR, TCLR)

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History: Summary

Cork and Macroom Direct Railway [Incorporated 1/8/1861. Opened 12/5/1866].
Route mileage 24 1/2. Original terminus was CBSCR's Albert Quay, with trains running for a mile on CBSCR to Ballyphephane Jct.. But then, in 1879, a new terminus was established at Capwell. Powers to extend from Macroom to Kenmare were granted but the line was never built by the company. An accident in 1878, with the loss of 5 lives, the first in Cork, damaged the company. Constituent of Great Southern Railways in 1925. Passenger traffic terminated on 12/7/1935. Last goods train ran on 10/11/1953.

Rolling stock: Employed six locos over its lifetime (4 Dubs - Wks. Nos. 17/8 of 1865, 235 of 1867 and 1505 of 1881, 1 Andrew Barclay Wks.No. 1022 of 1905, 1 Vulcan built for WLWR). 5 locos, 27 coaches and 117 wagons to GSR on amalgamation. Last coaches were built for the company in 1896.
Livery: Light green, later black with red lining. [EFC] 1903 engines light green picked out with yellow and black.
Staff: 1918 W.Gadd, 1933 M.J.Reen

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TCLR coa and Balliniscarty & Timoleague Jct Railway coa. Source: D.Parker

Timoleague and Courtmacsherry Light Railway [Incorporated October 1888. Opened 21/4/1891].
A small standard gauge (originally intended to be 3 ft. gauge) railway branch off a branch (Clonakilty) in Co. Cork. Route mileage was 9 miles. There were two companies, the Timoleague & Courtmacsherry Light Railway and the Ballinascarthy & Timoleague Junction Light Railway which were both worked by the Timoleague & Courtmacsherry Extension Light Railway. Part of the railway ran alongside the road. Constituent of Great Southern Railways in 1925. Regular passenger services ended in 1947 but daily goods continued to run. Closed in 1960.

Rolling stock: Three locos, all from Hunslet (Wks. Nos. 382 of 1885 - 0-6-0ST, 520 of 1890 - 0-4-2T, 611 of 1894 - 2-6-0T). No numbers, only names - Slaney, St. Molaga and Argadeen. All were fitted with bells. 2 to GSR.
Livery: Argadeen black with cast brass makers plate raised letters against vermillion background [1901 EFC]

Ilen Valley Railway [Incorporated ?1872. Opened 21/7/1877].
A standard gauge railway in Co. Cork extending from Dunmanway to Skibbereen. Leased from 1/1/1880 by the CBSCR and acquired in 1909.

Rolling stock:
Staff: Secretary: J.W.Dorman

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Cork City Railway [Opened 1/1/1912]
Financed by GWR (most), CBSCR, Cork Harbour Board and Government. Company office at Paddington. Begun 1906.The objective was to link GSWR terminus at Glanmire Rd. with Albert Quay and for most of the required 1/4 mile traffic ran along the streets. The River Lee was crossed by electrically operated lift bridges. Traffic was worked by the GSWR. Up to 1914 a passenger service operated between Glanmire Rd. and Albert Quay stations. Thereafter line used for goods and very occasional passenger service. Absorbed by GSR 1/1/1925. All traffic ceased from April 1976.

Rolling stock: None
Works: None
Livery: None
Staff: Office at Paddington with 3 directors from GWR and one from CBSCR.

Further reading:T.Middlemass Irish Standard Gauge Railways. H.C.Casserley "Outline of Irish Railway History". Also see Dave Parker's page. Although principally on the CBSCR, it has an extract from the 1924 Railway Year Book - providing a map and information on the railways in the area. It also has recent pictures of the sites.

Coat of Arms

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Cutlery, china, ashtrays etc.:

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click for 12K .jpg image of Cork registered officeCork City Rly. registered office. Source: adverts.ie0113 full image 29K

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Page posted 27/7/1997. Revised 28/1/15

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