Railway Map of Ireland

As previously promised, I intended to provide an updated online map of Ireland’s railways, which could evolve into one that covers all industrial heritage features.

The previous map of Ireland on this site were 1:300000 scale. I have now uploaded maps at 1:200000 scale (65 in total) plus inset maps of key locations. The main index page is http://www.industrialheritageireland.info/Gazetteer/index.html

The next step is to link to individual pages from each location on each map (this will be done over the next year). In parallel, I am re-scanning my ex copyright maps at greater detail, which will allow me to produce 1:100000 maps, at which point, I will add rivers/canals to the maps also. This will be my 2018 project with a deadline for completion of 31 December 2018.

Mapping Ireland’s Industrial Heritage

In the era of Googlemaps, there are various sites where others have drawn the former railway lines of Ireland as an overlay to Googlemaps, thereby creating a historic railway map of Ireland.

Such sites have their merit, however, as they use Google as their basemap and host for whatever mapping data they produce, this leaves such sites potentially exposed if Google withdraws the facility or introduces a charging regime if the advertising model that Google relies on fails.

As such, I decided to take a different route and acquire sufficient out of copyright OS maps and create my own base map. This has taken some time but I finally have a first draft of this.

Ireland Railway Map
Map of current and former railway lines in Ireland. Copyright Ewan Duffy 2017


In addition to the advantage of not relying on third parties for a base map, I can add additional features such as canals, mills, lighthouse etc. – in fact, any IH location can be added once a grid reference is determined.

It is my intention to make this the bedrock of this site going forward.