Railway Atlas of Ireland: Then & Now
The Vale of Rheidol Railway

Railway Atlas of Ireland: Then & Now

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Railway Atlas of Ireland: Then & Now


This new atlas compares the railway network in Ireland in 1920 with the network today. Produced by the same authors as the runaway success of Railway Atlas Then & Now which covers the railways in Britain, it follows the same layout and design which gives the historical map on one page and the current map on the facing page for comparison.

The Irish railway network was built in the 19th century by numerous independent railway companies. 1920 was the peak year in the Irish railway network but the civil war and partition that followed that decade had a severe impact on the railways. Traffic declined still further during World War 2 and during the 1950s and 1960s swathes of the railway network were closed so that today's network is only about half the size of that in 1920. The atlas includes narrow gauge passenger railways as well as those built to the standard gauge in Ireland.

There has long been an interest in Irish railways among British railway enthusiasts as well as those based in Ireland and this book will be a worthy addition to Ian Allan's unrivalled library of railway atlases, providing a comprehensive historical record of the changes in the railway system in Ireland.


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Item location: Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, United Kingdom

About Us

The Vale of Rheidol Railway (WelshRheilffordd Cwm Rheidol) is a 1ft 11 3/4 inches (603 mmnarrow gauge heritage railway that runs for 11 3?4 miles (18.9 km) between Aberystwyth and Devil's Bridge in the county of Ceredigion, Wales.

privatisation, it was the sole steam-operated line on the nationalised British Rail network, steam traction having ceased in 1968 on all other parts of the system. Unlike some other preserved railways in the United Kingdom, the Vale of Rheidol Railway has never closed, with the exception of wartime and has operated a service for tourists through its life. The railway celebrated its centenary in 2002. 

The Railway is a charity, meaning the income it generates goes back into the railway, to aid in restoration and running of the steam locomotives. Buying through our online giftshop enables you to get the product you want but also donate to the railway and keep it alive.

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Geraint Roberts
Vale of Rheidol Trading Ltd
Park Avenue
SY23 1PG
United Kingdom

Company registration number: 9146470
VAT number: GB 489240712


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