On Tracks Broad & Narrow

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Running Time: 55 minutes approx.
RRP: not stated
Subject: Railway, Trams
Format: DVD
Studio: Demand Media
Release Year: 2007
Classification: Exempt

On Tracks Broad & Narrow: A Journey Through the 1950s Part 2 [Irish Railways Vol. 9]

In this second volume of films made by Richard D Kehm, the then teenage son of an American diplomat posted to Ireland in the early 1950s, we visit many lines and locations, some of which have long since been deleted from the railway map of Ireland. This programme focuses mainly on the railways of the midlands and north of the island. Among places visited, some for the first time in this series, are Athlone, Ballyshannon, Banbridge, Bellturbet, Castlecomer, Enniskillen, Galway, Glasnevin Junction, Goraghwood, Kilcock, Kiltimagh, Manorhamilton, Mullingar, Stranorlar, Tooban Junction and Warrenpoint.

Filmed mostly in 1952, with some later footage dating from 1957, highlights on the broad gauge include a long sequence showing the comings and goings at Amiens Street through a whole afternoon, steam and early diesel traction on the former MGWR tracks, the famous Fintona horse tram and a railbus, railcar and 0-6-4 tanks on the Sligo, Leitrim and Northern Counties Railway. Ireland’s once extensive network of narrow gauge lines is represented by the Londonderry & Lough Swilly and County Donegal Railways and the Cavan & Leitrim section of CIE.

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Produced by Tom Ferris

Directed by Wilf Watters

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