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 - Inchicore
Inchicore was established in 1846 and produced more locos than any other Irish works. This remains open today as the main servicing and repair facility in the republic for the fleet of diesel and electric vehicles.

Many locomotive superintendents who worked here such as A F Aspinall, H A Ivatt, O V S Bulleid and R E L Maunsell were probably better known for the work they carried out in England.

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