A Brief History of the Irish based Makers

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Between the private locomotive builders and the works owned by the railway companies there were only about 750 locomotives produced in Ireland. The majority of the locos used in Ireland were supplied by makers from England or Scotland.

Further details can be read in J W Lowe book on "British Steam Locomotive Builders" copies are available from various book retail outlets and libraries.

Belfast - York Road
In 1870 the first loco was commenced the last one being in 1942. This site continues to repair and service diesels for Translink the current name for the operator of Northern Ireland's railway. After Belfast and Northern Counties was taken over by the Midland to become Northern Counties ownership of the works has been with the English company and then the LMS, both supplying components to speed up the building process.

This article was produced by Andrew Johnson, any feedback or contributions about the Irish engine making industry would be greatly appreciated.