Published by Midland in 2001, 80 pages. Large Softback - c.28cm by 21cm (N4499)
Brand New Book
The SLNCR was a remarkable concern in many ways. The last standard gauge railway in these islands to retain its independence, latterly all its locomotives, which only ever had names - they were never given numbers, were of the unusual 0-6-4 tank type, and all were built by Beyer Peacock in Manchester. It was also a diesel pioneer, railbuses and a railcar operated most of the passenger service from the 1930s onwards.
The line's single track connected Sligo, on the west coast, to Enniskillen. Never prosperous, the SLNCR relied heavily on its powerful neighbour, the Great Northern, which it joined at Enniskillen, as an outlet for its traffic, of which livestock was a major component. Ironically, it was the demise of these GNR lines, which precipitated the closure of the SLNCR in 1957.
The book takes a gentle photographic ramble along the course of the line, lingering at the wayside stations. Many aspects of the system are explored including its locomotives, passenger and goods stock, signalling and the company's bus services. Examples of timetables, tickets and other SLNCR ephemera are also recorded.
The memory of this delightful, singular, quirky, this somehow quintessentially Irish railway system, is beautifully evoked in the book's superb collection of photographs, which mostly date from the last 20 years of the line's existence.