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Guys, I have had a passing interest in Irish railways for a long time. I'm now developing a firmer interest, particularly in the period around 1975. I'd like to do a bit of reading to get the general flavour of the period and wondered if there was a particular 'recommended reading list' that would allow me to get started there. Anything to help with getting a flavour of the lineside atmosphere around this era would be helpful.

 

 

Thanks

 

D4

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Nothing currently available covering the 1970s, but https://www.amazon.co.uk/CIE-IR-Changing-Irelands-Railways/dp/0711034761/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1514057990&sr=1-1&keywords=from+cie+to+IR is a good starting point. Presently out of print, but available "used". There is also Michael McMahon's "Irish Railway Rambler", also out-of-print, but available "used": https://www.amazon.co.uk/Irish-Railway-Rambler-Photographs-Michael/dp/1780730756/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1514059284&sr=1-1&keywords=irish+railway+rambler It's more 1980s, so may be a little out of your period.

 

Or (shameless plug) you can go to : https://www.geograph.org.uk/profile/61944 and click on "Railways". When you find the Irish, most are grouped under a "Shared Description". Click on that and it brings up all the shots under that Shared Description, irrespective of the photographer. It's hard to describe how the site works, but you will soon get the hang of it.

 

Also, browse the Irish transport section in Martin Bott's site: http://clweb02.chrislands.com/clshops/StoreNumber_4849/?page=shop/browse&category_id=9 It's mostly steam, but may have something of interest.

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There are quite a few photos of the era in the 5 Martin Bairstow Irish railway books.

 

I think there seems to be many books about the various railways of Ireland and locomotives yet there seems to be a gap in the books as I think that the diesel locomotives seem to be ignored.

 

Quite a few have uploaded videos onto YouTube, over the past few days I've seen some of the RTE films featuring abandoned lines, many have clips from the era you are interested in.

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Not necessarily that helpful as I can't quote chapter and verse (but maybe someone with a better organised collection of magazines can help).  Back in the 1970s, Michael H C Baker had a series of annual articles entitled "A Look at CIE in [Year]", that appeared in either Railway Magazine or Railway World (i think the latter).  These were largely annual summaries of travel around Ireland in the year described and as such provide a contemporary account of what was there and what was changing.  If you can find which are the relevant issues, copies can usually be picked up for next to nothing from many heritage lines.

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Diesels galore, mid 70s!

 

"Rails Through North Kerry" & "Rails Through the West", published by Colourpoint, Newtownards!

 

 

These are perfect for getting a visual feast of what was running back then.

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