Tralee & Dingle Railway


The building of a railway line from Tralee to Dingle was initially sanctioned by the Privy Council in the 1884 but it never got beyond this stage. In 1888, with the strong support of Sir Maurice Fitzgerald, Knight of Kerry, sanction was again sought for the line and again it was granted. Preliminary work then began under contractor, Robert Worthington, J.P.

The standard wide-gauge rails of 5ft. 3ins. were in general use in Ireland at the time but on this line on cost grounds, the 3ft. narrow-gauge rails were used. There were 31 miles of steep ascents and rapid descents to be negotiated. The line was to have the steepest gradient of any Irish railway.

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