Part 2


Brian Haworth

Updated: 18/12/2015


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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.







July 2012

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LM91 a Ruston and Hornsby 40DL loco,


which was built in 1954,

works no 371962


sits awaiting attention.


It worked out of Boora Depot for Bord Na Mona


Two unidentified locos


showing signs of restoration


















Heavily stripped unidentified loco awaits its fate



Unidentified rusting yellow-liveried loco


stands at the head of a line












Green liveried Ruston and Hornsby LM49

works no 259189, built in 1949


and formally off Tionnsca depot


awaits its next turn of duty



LM161 built by Ruston and Hornsby,

works no 402175


in 1956
















An unidentified rusting hulk


slowly moulders away


at the end of a long line of locomotives


awaiting attention


Unidentified loco in an unusual blue and cream livery


stands out of use


with weeds sprouting on the running board.


A faded no 2 can be made out on the cabside














View from front running board of Ruston locomotive

down long line of stored locomotives


Unidentifed yellow-liveried loco

stands with poor external condition bodywork













LM253, a Deutz KS28B loco works no 57834,

was built in 1965


and worked out of Blackwater depot.

Line up of locos under the trees















Unidentified loco

shows signs of restoration




Ruston and Hornsby LM174, works no 402986,

was built in 1956


and worked out of Tionnsca depot













LM258, a Deutz KS28B loco,

was built in 1965, works no 57839,


and operated out of Mountdillon depot



Unidentified loco

undergoes major restoration


in the workshops at Drummod














Yellow-liveried Gleismac LF45 / Dundalk engineering LM362

sits awaiting restoration.


Built in 1984, the loco worked out of Bangor Erris depot

Front view of Hunslet LM384















Hunslet LM384, works no 9256, built in 1985,

is ready to depart Kiltareher and Milternagh loading point


with a loaded of wagons for Coolmagun sidings

Side view of LM374 with usual standard style of number plate















Side view of LM374


Note the number plate

made from car registration plate






Head on view of Hunslet LM374, works no 9239,


at work in the Kiltareher and Milternagh bogs

in July 2012


The loco, working out of Coolmagun depot,

was built in 1984


and originally worked out of Mountdillon depot












Simplex 60SL LM350

built in 1980


stands at the stop-blocks at Drummod






With its engine bonnet missing

and what appears to be a well protected cab,


an unidentified loco sits in the company of railcar C47.


This railcar was built by Bord Na Mona and Southern Motors in 1958

was powered with a Ford petrol engine and weighing 3 ton,


and seated eight passengers.












A line of locos gain some protection

from the elements under the trees


as they await attention


A line-up of ex-Guinness locomotives

stand outside the workshops


at Drommod




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