Taylor, Patrick. The West Clare Railway. First edition hardcover in dustjacket, published in Brighton UK by Plateway Press, 1994. A largeer format hardcover , 224 pages, with photographs, illustrations and maps. Now in a clear plastic dustjacket protector.
A history of the West Clare Railway from the first Parliamentary proposals in 1845 through to its opening in 1892 and the years until its closure in 1961. The railway is best known for the lawsuit sparked when the poet Percy French ridiculed the service in the poem ‘Are you right there Michael?’ and the holdups and robberies during the 1920s. The book is full of the kind of details that bring day to day life on the railway alive and is illustrated throughout with black and white photographs. Appendices include rosters, maps, timetables, diagrams, and scale drawings, including detailed maps of stations, sidings etc.
Contents : Early Proposals / The West Clare Railway From Sanction to Opening / The Route Described / Trains and Traffic / The County Council and the Railway / Locomotives / Strikes / War of Independence / Civil War / Personalities / Derailments, Collisions and Runaway Trains / Decline and Fall.
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