Part 4


Brian Haworth

Updated: 19/12/2015


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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.







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




























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















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


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