A Brief History of the Irish based Makers

All | Queens | York Rd | Cork | Grand Canal | Ulster | Barrack St | Dundalk | Broadstone | Inchicore | Limerick | Grendon | Spence | BnM | Harland

Introduction
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.

William Spence
William Spence ran the Cork Street foundry and engineering works in Dublin. All locomotives produced were supplied to the St James Gate brewery for Guinness. Also supplied were some unique vehicles that could have these narrow gauge locos placed into so that they could operate on the Irish gauge tracks.

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