Midland Great Western Railway
Midland Publishing Ltd 24 The Hollow, Earl Shilton, Leicester LE9 7NA, UNITED KINGDOM
* Author - W. E. Shepherd
This book is the company history of the Midland Great Western Railway, the third largest railway company to have operated on the island of Ireland prior to the 1925
amalgamation. The MGWR ran from its headquarters at Broadstone in Dublin to Galway, Westport, Ballina and Sligo. Branches ran to Kingscourt, Edenderry, Cavan
town, Clara, Ballaghadereen, Loughrea, Clifden, Ballinrobe, Achill (Sound) and Killala. As with the other large railway companies, the lines in the company's
ownership were a combination of those built by it and others taken over after falling on hard times. The book sets out the history behind the development of the
network, sandwiched between the GS&WR to the south and the GNR(I) to the north, both of which actively opposed encroachment onto 'their' territory.
Most of the route of the line as far as Mullingar was obtained by the expedient act of buying the Royal Canal, hence bringing the history of this into the remit of the
book, although it is limited to brief references and a short chapter on boat services. Chapters on services, accidents, locomotives, rolling stock, personnel, hotel &
catering services and one on the course of the line complete the work.
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