Locomotives of the Great Southern & Western Railway

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The Great Southern & Western Railway covered the bulk of southern Ireland, with a long extension up the west or Ireland to reach Sligo. By the time of absorption into the Great Southern Railway in 1924, the GS&WR was Ireland's largest independent company with 1,150 route miles.

The company's operations started in 1846, and all the locomotives built by or for it, or which came with absorbed companies are described  and often illustrated. A surprising number of the later designs came from such as Ivatt, Maunsell and Aspinall who were subsequently to become famous CME's on English railways.

A number of the GS&WR's locomotives came from a range of British builders, but it also had its own works at Inchicore which could and did manufacture locomotives, including the handsome and advanced Class 500 4-6-0s designed by Bazin.

A fascinating book on locomotives which were similar, but also different to those found in the UK. 284 pages. Considerable numbers of B&W photographs, drawings and sketched. Hardbound