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First edition published in 1964; new and revised edition published in 1988.
At times, almost everything went wrong with this beautifully set railway that could go wrong with a railway. It began as a standard-gauge line linking Derry city with fertile east Donegal. After two decades of near bankruptcy, it was joined with the Letterkenny Railway, and became narrow-gauge to enjoy nearly a generation of modest prosperity. This ended when the company took over two Government-built lines penetrating far into the remote, mountainous north-west of County Donegal. With inadequate locomotives and repair facilities among other difficulties, punctuality was rare. But worse was to come during The Troubles, when ambushes completed the chaos.
The author has had access to much unpublished official information, and this is one of the 'meatiest' histories of a narrow-gauge system so far written. We read of steam services, the largest locomotives to run on the narrow gauge in the British Isles, derailments by savage gales, and running battles with the Board of Works.
Contains one hundred illustrations, including maps, drawings, and black-and-white photographs
Includes bibliography, six appendices, and index.
Edward M. Patterson (1920-1997) was born in Northern Ireland, and graduated from Queen's University, Belfast, with a degree in chemistry. He wrote more than a dozen books, and contributed numerous articles to scientific journals. A profound interest in the history of railways, particularly those of Northern Ireland, made him an acknowledged expert in this field. He wrote a number of books on the subject, mostly published by David and Charles.
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Book Description David & Charles, UK, 1988. Hardcover. Condition: VG. Dust Jacket Condition: VG. New revised edition. 189pp., b/w illus.; b/w plates. Slight shelf wear to dustwrapper. Plates bright; text pages tanned but clean and unmarked. Seller Inventory # 080638
Book Description David & Charles, 1988. Karton. Zust: Gutes Exemplar. Mit original Schutzumschlag. Englisch 390g. Seller Inventory # 473823