Train To


150 years 1846 - 1996


Michael J. Hurley

This edition copyright Michael J. Hurley © 2011

No part of this book may be copied or used without the permission of the author.

First published in paperback in 1996

Glover tank number 3 at Baldoyle & Sutton in the late fifties (A. Donaldson / W. T. Scott collection).


One hundred and fifty years have passed since the opening of the railway into the Howth Peninsula. Thousands of passengers have used the service since its inception and many of our neighbours and friends in the area have enjoyed secure employment in its service. Many and great were the hardships suffered by those early railway men. First came the Navvies, described here by Thomas Carlyle in 1846:"I have not in my travels seen anything uglier than that disorganic mass of labourers, sunk three-fold deeper in brutality by the three-fold wages they are getting...and not without glad surprise I find the Irish are the best in point of behaviour. The postman tells me that several of the poor Irish do regularly apply to him for money drafts and send their money home”. Guards sat on their lonely seats while drivers and firemen on the cabless engines froze in winter and roasted in summer. Signalmen operated without the luxury of a cabin.

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