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.

Dublin - Grand Canal Road
In 1839 the Dublin and Kingstown railway works were established. April 1841 saw the first loco built by a railway company and also the first in Ireland. By 1860 saw the railway changed from standard gauge (4'8½") to 5'3" merging into the Dublin, Wicklow and Wexford. 1907 saw the title changed to Dublin and South Eastern.

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