IRISH BOG RAILWAYS

Part 4

by

Brian Haworth

Updated: 19/12/2015

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

A VISIT TO BLACKWATER BORD na MONA RAILWAY WORKSHOPS xJune 2015

 

The following photographs were taken during a visit to the Blackwater Works of the Bord na Mona Workshops

and the nearby Wagon Repair Shops, close to Shannon Bridge, in June 2015.

 

 

 

 
 

An unidentified loco stands in the works awaiting attention

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Side view of same loco

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
LM 409 under repair in Main Workshop
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Unidentified Wagonmaster unit in undercoat

during heavy overhaul

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
Side view showing curved Wagonmaster Maker's Plate
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

LM 395 (built 1995) up-on-jacks with front wheel sets

out for attention

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Two Hunslet Wagonmasters LM 294 (built 1977) and LM 217 (built 1977)

look a sorry sight sat in the works yard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Side view of the two Hunslets LM 294 / LM 217

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

LM 365, a Gleismac LF45, built in 1984,

awaits its inevitable fate in the Works Yard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

LM 323, a Hunslet Wagonmaster, built in 1979,

worked on to the depot during my visit.

 

This loco was one of those allocated to work

the former Clomacnoise and West Offaly railway services

whose yellow and green livery is still in evidence on the loco.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

An unidentified loco, languishing off the rails,

in the scrap area of the works

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
Not much left of this unidentified loco in the scrap area of the works
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
LM 410 at rest in Works Yard
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
LM 410 side view
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Rail Tractors F878 (built 1975) / F842

stand in the works yard awaiting their next turn of duty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
LM 366 a Hunslet Wagonmaster, built in 1984, stands in the yard
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
Fuel Tanker
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

LM 230, a Hunslet Wagonmaster, built in1964,

poses for the camera

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

LM 288, a Hunslet Wagonmaster, built in 1972,

stands on a tight curve in the works yard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

A front view of LM288 showing the Hunslet maker's plate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Rail Tractor F630 looks to be at the end of its working life,

stored unserviceable

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Gleismatic CF45 LM354, built in 1984, its cab full of debris,

stands awaiting its fate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Unidentified loco stands in very poor condition

out in the yard at Blackwater

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Gleismatic CF45 LM 367, built in 1984,

with cab shorn of equipment, stands out in the yard.

Note the Bord na Mona stencilled-branding on the cab side.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Gleismatic CF45 LM 372, built in 1984, catches the sun,

which highlights its poor condition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
Old four-wheeled Tippler Wagon
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Rail Car C80 (fitted with a Morris engine)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
Unidentified loco heavily stripped
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Ruston and Hornsby LM111, built in 1954,

was the other loco allocated to work services

for the Clonmacnoise and West Offaly Railway.

Note its Yellow and Green livery
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Unidentified loco

Note the large wooden side-step and ex-tractor seat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

It's a long time since Deutz LM 254, built in 1965, turned a wheel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
LM 105, a Ruston and Hornsby 48DL, built in 1954
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
Unidentified loco stands stored out-of-use
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Line-up of unserviceable locos

stands out against the blue sky

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Unidentified loco, in poor external condition,

slowly rusting away
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
View from the running board of LM 105
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
Unidentified stored loco
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
Three yellow Gleismatic locos stand out in this line-up
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
Gleismatic Wheel Bearing and Spring Arrangement
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
Front-end view of a Hunslet Wagonmaster
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
Level-Track Cross-over
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

LM 336, a Hunslet Wagonmaster, built in 1984,

stands in the yard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
View of the Works Site from the cab of LM 336
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

General view of Blackwater Works

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
LM 410 at rest
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
No.1 road in the workshop
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Wagon No. 180 receives attention

in the two-road wagon repair shop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Wagon Wheels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Wheel Sets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Springs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Remains of the Terminus Station

of the Clonmacnoise and West Offaly Railway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
Grounded wagon
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Warning sign

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
Unidentified loco brings a train of empties through the loop
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Same loco draws out of the loop

on to the main line
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
Loco draws the train over un-gated road crossing
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Main line track-work looks good

as a train of empties trundle along

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
Train heads out into the bog for loading
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
Rails through the bog
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Line-up of Stored Locos

as viewed through the bog flowers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

The modern lines of the Shannon Bridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

An unidentified loco powers up the bank

towards the Shannon Bridge

on a loaded train

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

An unidentified loco reaches the Shannon Bridge

with a loaded train

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Loaded train on the bridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Close-up of the loco on Shannon Bridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

As one train crosses the River Shannon, a second service can be seen following behind

(UNUSUALLY THIS IS THE NORMAL METHOD OF OPERATION)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Another view of an unidentified train crossing the River Shannon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

A loaded train on the Shannon Viaduct

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

LM 293, a Hunslet Wagonmaster, built in 1977,

stands in the yard of the Wagon Repair Depot,

close to Shannon Bridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

LM 396 stands in Wagon Repair Yard

in the company of an unidentified loco

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
General view of Wagon Repair Depot
 
XXXX

 

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