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Steaming to Kingstown and Sucking Up to Dalkey: The Story of the Dublin and Kingstown Railway

Steaming to Kingstown and Sucking Up to Dalkey: The Story of the Dublin and Kingstown Railway

Garrett Lyons

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Garrett Lyons presents a vivid picture of an engineering and social triumph and the people who achieved it and an early-19th century Ireland that was a leader in innovation.

The Dublin and Kingstown Railway (D&KR) which began operations in December 1834 was the first steam locomotive passenger railway in Ireland (only the second in the world) and the first to join a capital city to a main port.

This was the new Kingstown Harbour, called the 'Royal Harbour of Kingstown' because George IV left from there after his Irish visit of 1821: with independence it reverted to its Irish name of Dún Laoghaire. The building of the line necessitated overcoming many engineering difficulties and dealing with troublesome landowners who were reluctant to have the railway cross their estates.

Its completion and subsequent commercial success owed much to the creativity, business acumen and determination of the members of the original D&KR company, many of them Quakers, engineers like Thomas Bergin and Charles Vignoles and the 'railway king', William Dargan, whose workmen constructed the line.

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Author Garrett Lyons
Publisher Londubh Books
Publication date 15 Oct 2015
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9781907535772

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