The Railway Town
Dundalgan Press Dundalk, Co. Louth, Ireland
* Author - Jack McQuillan
Whilst ostensibly a history of the (GNR(I) railway works in Dundalk, the first 10 pages of this work are giving over to setting the scene for railways and Dundalk. The
railway works at Dundalk date from 1881, the GNR(I) having decided on the town as the location for the combined works for the merged company.
The book approaches the development of the works chronologically, from 1881 to 1958, when the works closed after the GNR(I)/GNRB was abolished.
Not unsurprisingly for a book about a site that was involved in the servicing of locomotives, these feature havily in the photographs. However, photos of IH interest
* Metal Bridge on the DN&GR over the Castletown River in Dundalk,
* The Square Crossing adjacent to the works
* Plans of the works in 1912, 1914, 1932, 1953
Interesting anecdotes include one where the head of a department within the works refused to allow the local priest in for a fundraising effort and the staff demanded
his dismissal. Rather than dismiss the staff for insubordination, the department head was required to apologise. Thankfully Ireland has moved on from this
obsequiessness to employees of the child abusing belief system.
The book is an interesting look at this aspect of Dundalk and is worth acquiring.
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