Irish Railways Off the Beeten Track Dvd, Part 1: Empties In

This series of three dvds looks at the first week of the 1998 Irish ‘Sugar Beet Campaign’ and Volume One sets the scene by giving an overall appreciation of the uniqueness of the railways in this less travelled quiet backwater of South East Ireland.

Concentrating on the Cahir-Wellington Bridge section of the Limerick Junction to Rosslare route, the movement of empty sugar beet wagons from the processing plant at Mallow to the loading sidings at Wellington Bridge, a distance of 113 miles, is studied.

All interesting locations and most stations that are still open have been included.

Shared between single and double-headed 141s and 071s, the route involved is, in the main, an operationally difficult - fully occupied single line involving steep gradients and the longest bridge in Ireland, the Barrow River Swing Bridge.

As most empty movements take place at night, the opportunity has been taken to include the three daily passenger trains that traverse this route, formed with Class 141s, Cravens coaches and steam heat boiler vans, as well as other types of freight, Engineers and Inter City trains.

A detailed study of the complicated shunting arrangements at Wellington Bridge is looked at in depth.

A few scenes are included of the Waterford-Kilkenny line including the 212 feet Thomastown Viaduct.

A little history, a few technical details, but overall a dvd of an area of fascinating railway operation.

Approx. 55 minutes.

Narrated by Rob McCaffery (1999).

This dvd is being sold on behalf of and with full permission of the copyright owner - Videolines.

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