Whilst I am a fan of mine exploration, I prefer to be able to walk in and am not a fan of crawling, small holes or flooded levels.
The Guardian has a report on the use of robots to explore abandoned mines, with a view to identifying prospects for the reworking of old mines, using newer technology to extract ores that would previously not have been economic to do so.
There is currently a former railway level crossing cottage for sale in Donegal, in need of restoration.
You can stay in former lighthouses, railway cottages, mills and even a mine!
The latest addition to the range of IH related accommodation is a former crane in Copenhagen.
CNN has an article about the High Line in New York and the export of the underlying concept elsewhere in the world.
There are a few news reports of railway interest on the RTE Archive website – links below:
It is not just Ireland that has a problem with railway stations built for housing development that never occurred. China reports the same problem.
This report on CNN is about a metro station, one entrance of which emerges in a field.
I am currently on board a train from Connolly Station to ParkWest travelling through the Phoenix Park Tunnel.
As the line speed of the track is limited to 30mph, I do wonder what exactly Irish Rail spent money on in doing up this line before trains recommenced.
Not that you would necessarily know that they are there.
I am doing the final research and tidying up/proof reading of what I hope will be a publication on the Archaeology of Ireland’s Railways. In doing so, I came across a reference to the railway between Amiens Street (Connolly) Station and the Royal Canal in Dublin being carried on 75 arches, which was due to the fact that the land which the line crossed had only been reclaimed relatively recently at the time the line was built in the 1840s.
The thought struck me, if that area of the city were to be redeveloped for high density residential accommodation, the bringing back into public view of many of those arches would be quite an impressive display. As an example, when the site of the Dublin Gas Company on Barrow Street was redeveloped, a walkway at ground level was provided, which has opened out the arches carrying the former Dublin & Kingstown Railway (now the DART) to public view (see below)
Image from GoogleMaps StreetView.
Update 31072017 – H/T to Brian Goggin of irishwaterwayshistory.com for letting me know about an image which can be viewed online at the National Library of Ireland website which purports to show Dublin as it was in 1853. The railway line from Amiens Street northwards is in the top right of the image. The number or arches shown would appear to be subject to artistic licence and the absence of the Royal Canal makes it difficult to fully compare to the present day situation (the bay crossed at the extreme right of the image is where Fairview Park is now).
According to RTE, that is. Apparently breweries/distilleries undertaking guided tours have not been permitted to sell alcohol to visitors, unless they had a full pub licence.
Legislation wending its way through the Oireachtas will allow such establishments to sell alcohol to visitors, provided that they have undertaken a tour of the facility beforehand.
It is not just Irish Rail that has a problem with bridge strikes. “The Cut” in Banbridge has been hit by another lorry, the fourth in the space of a year, according to the BBC.
Whilst I accept that the intelligence levels necessary to drive a truck are not going to be MENSA level, there is a level of stupidity that should get you put off the road and not knowing the height of your vehicle comes under that heading.