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Father Browne's Trains and Railways

Father Browne's Trains and 
	Railways
PUBLISHER Currach Press 55a Spruce Avenue, Stillorgan Industrial Park, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland


AUTHOR/EDITOR * Author - E. E. O'Donnell


DETAILS
Published 2004
ISBN 1856079163
Published Price 19.99
Type Book


The latest in the Father Browne series covers trains and railways and whilst not exclusively of Irish material, most of the images are. For the uninitiated, Father Francis Browne (1880 - 1960) was a Jesuit priest and prolific photographer. He was best known outside of Ireland for his photographs of the Titanic (with amazing foresight, he alighted from the Titanic at Cobh!). The book contains photos from his archive of photographs and cover railway scenes around Ireland, with a few images taken in Australia, Egypt and Britain. These photographs are unlikely to have been published elsewhere and this alone increases the value of the book. Photographs that merit particular mention include the railway roundhouse at Clones, BNM operations at Portarlington and the Straboe railway accident. The book also contains photos taken during 'the Emergency' (when photography of railway features was banned, but then, Ireland has always ignored clerical abuses) and a chapter on the operation of the Travelling Post Offices. A couple of minor errors that proofreading should have spotted detract from the book (the frontispiece dedication states that the dedicatee's first job was running around Athlone in 1920 making sure that the GSR railwaymen were awake (the GSR did not exist until 1924) and the photo on Page 62 is definitely not Glanmire Road station in Cork. The platform sign suggests that it is Notting Hill Gate station in London.


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