IRISH BOG RAILWAYS

Part 3

by

Brian Haworth

Updated: 18/12/2015

 

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  Irish Bog Railways Part 2 click here
  Irish Bog Railways Part 4 click here

 

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INTRODUCTION

 

IRISH BOG RAILWAYS

 

Bord na Mona (established in 1946, immediately following WW2)

works Ireland 's complicated system of bog railways.

 

 

There are three sectors of the peat industry,

viz. peat for energy, peat for horticulture, and peat for domestic fuel.

 

By far the largest sector is the peat for energy,

which produces milled peat for use in power stations

to produce electricity.

 

 

The power stations are located around the huge Bog of Allen,

and the bog railways are used for transporting the peat

from source to the power stations.

 

 

 

Permanent lines run from the bogs to power stations,

briquette factories, moss peat factories and road side tipplers.

 

Most of the bog railways run on 3 ft gauge tracks,

and permanently-laid track connects the works

to the power stations and factories.

 

Temporary tracks are connected to the area of bog, currently being worked,

and then removed when that particular area has been worked out.

 

 

Some of the systems mirror standard gauge railways

with double track main line, level crossings and bridges.

 

 

Bord na Mona have specialised track fabrication workshops,

track-laying machines and a very varied stud of locomotives (around 250 locos).

 

There are over a thousand miles of bog railway in use

making the Bord na Mona rail system,

larger than Iarnrod Eireann and Northern Ireland Railways put together.

 

 

Around five million tons of peat is moved annually

with four major workshops, located at

Boora, Blackwater, Mountdillon and Derrygreenagh / Edenderry.

 

 

 

 

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Bog Railway

at Coolnagun

August 2014

 
 

Hunslet Loco LM 384 built In 1986 (Makers No 9256

stands in the yard

at Coolnagun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Hunslet Loco LM 377, built In 1984 (Makers No 9243),

 

awaits Its next turn of duty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
New Level-Crossing Gates
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

An unidentified loco, recently repainted,

stands in the yard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Side view of the same loco

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Another view showing loco detail
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

LM 318 A Hunslet Wagon Master built In 1979

(Makers Number 8925)

 

strikes a powerful pose

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

LM 318 again

 

Note the curved Wagonmaster Plate

on the bodywork

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Loco LM 377

poses in the bog

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Loco LM 377 shows off its unusual

none-standard Car Number Plate

(on one side only)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Loco LM 377 xxxMaker's Plate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

An unidentified loco sits in the yard

looking rather worse for wear

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Same Loco with a tippler truck

operated by a tractor engine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

An unusual Safety Sign

 
 

 

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