West Cork Railways: Birth, Beauty and Betrayal (Mercier)

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A pictorial review of the West Cork Railway, whose network served communities in the south-west of Ireland from the 1840s to the 1960s.

Historian, Chris Larkin, presents his travelogue remembering the lifetime of the West Cork Railway system and savouring the journey of a bygone era. He recalls various eras through history, from the famine right through to the 1960s.

West Cork Railways observes many aspects of railway life. There are details of railway stations, lines, steam locomotives and wagons, but also accounts of halt-keeper’s houses, lists of people that worked on the Cork-Beara line and observations on the harmonious existence of dogs, cats, hens, ducks and geese at level crossings!

Fully illustrated throughout using material from Irish Railway Records, complemented by unique and rare images from private collections and the London Illustrated News. Includes photographs, vintage posters, postcards, colour slides, tickets, advertisements and other images of railway objects.

A unique visual and historical record of the West Cork Railways, from opening until closure and demise in 1961. 224 pages. Hardback.

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