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The early days of Irish Railways saw a multitude of track gauges and after some time it was deemed that 5 foot 3 inches would be the standard gauge. In the British Isles (as it was) it was not unusual to have different track gauges and even the Great Western Railway had to regauge to the standard 4 foot 8 inches.

Back to Ireland, in addition to the standard gauge lines, a number of narrow gauge lines were built, mostly to the west of Ireland. Many of these were to 3 foot gauge. These were all shut over time, however a number of heritage lines have opened to limit success. The latest line is the Connemara Railway. I don't know much about this and needless to say I haven't visited it yet, maybe later in the year! The scenery in that area is fabulous.

[www.connemararailway.ie]
The Connemara (Clifden) line used to be standard gauge. It seems to be common practice in Ireland to build heritage railways to narrow gauge. So I feel its more entertainment than historic.
Despite all that, good luck to the lads who build it and will run it.

Martin
duesselmartin schrieb:
The Connemara (Clifden) line used to be standard gauge. It seems to be common practice in Ireland to build heritage railways to narrow gauge. So I feel its more entertainment than historic.
Despite all that, good luck to the lads who build it and will run it.

Martin
Salü
Hi there

Normalspur? In Irland? Nein, Irland fährt auf Breitspur -> 1600 mm.

Standard Gauge? In Ireland? No, the irish ‘Standard Gauge’ is in fact broad gauge -> 1600 mm.

Grüess
Regards

Ueli
CH-Mirage schrieb:
duesselmartin schrieb:
The Connemara (Clifden) line used to be standard gauge. It seems to be common practice in Ireland to build heritage railways to narrow gauge. So I feel its more entertainment than historic.
Despite all that, good luck to the lads who build it and will run it.

Martin
Salü
Hi there

Normalspur? In Irland? Nein, Irland fährt auf Breitspur -> 1600 mm.

Standard Gauge? In Ireland? No, the irish ‘Standard Gauge’ is in fact broad gauge -> 1600 mm.

Grüess
Regards

Ueli
I assume Martin meant "Irish standard gauge" as referred to in the original post: "...it was deemed that 5 foot 3 inches would be the standard gauge."
Genau. Ich meine die irische Normalspur.
Die einzige 1435mm Strecke war die 1834 eröffnete Dublin & Kingstown.
I recommend the standard work "One Hundred And Fifty Years Of Irish Railways" (Fergus Mulligan).

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Carsten

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The Luas network is standard European gauge at 4 ft 8!
redstarcastles schrieb:
The Luas network is standard European gauge at 4 ft 8!
Thank you for that addition. Trams are too often forgotten. What was the gauge of Dublin's old trams?