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May 2015 issue now available

The May 2015 issue of New Irish Lines is currently winging its way to subscribers. Some of the highlights include ‘LMS Coaches Transferred to the NCC’ by Mervyn Kidd, ‘Beet Special to Mountmellick’ by John Langford, ‘Something Completely Different: the Harlandic No. 28’ by Colm Flanagan, and much more. Plus, there are also more GSR steam locomotive drawings bundled with the newsletter.

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Delayed May 2014 issue now available

The delayed may 2014 edition of New Irish Lines has now been dispatched to subscribers. We hope you enjoy the newsletter’s updated design:

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‘The North Kerry Line’ by Alan O’Rourke

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This new book provides a detailed history of the construction and operation of the lines from Limerick to Tralee, Foynes and Fenit from the 1850s to the current day. Based on ten years of original research, it includes 275 pages, over 30 maps and diagrams and over 70 photographs, very few ever published before. The book has been produced with the generous support of the Great Southern Trail (, which has saved the track bed from Rathkeale to Abbeyfeale as a long distance walking and cycling route. The book can be ordered by post as follows:

For payment in Euros or US dollars (€20/US$30, including postage worldwide) cheques and postal orders payable to “Great Southern Trail,” from:

Liam O’Mahony,
9 Bishop Street,
Newcastle West,
Co. Limerick,

For payment in sterling (£18 including postage worldwide)  cheques and postal orders payable to “Alan O’Rourke,” from:

Alan O’Rourke,
72 Sandford Grove Road,
Nether Edge,
Sheffield S7 1RR,

Alternatively, click here to pay by PayPal for £18.50 (includes 50p PayPal fee).

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Archive Update

The November 2012 edition of New Irish Lines has now been added to the archive section of the website.

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Christmas crackers from Studio Scale Models

Studio Scale Models have added two new kits to their range in time for the Christmas season.

The first is a CIÉ/Iarnród Éireann Wickham inspection car kit in etched brass. Three of these units were supplied to CIÉ in 1962 and remained in use until the 1990s.

The kit is designed to fit a Black Beetle 35mm power unit and includes wheels, transfers, underframe, handrail wire, and acetate for windows and amber lighting. It also features a fully detailed interior, complete with seating and control wheel, and doors can be modelled either opened or shut. Cost: €22 + €3 P&P.

Studio Scale Models' new Wickham inspection car kit


Also available now from SSM is this Irish P&T telephone box, also in etched brass, which features interior detail and ‘Telefón’ signage. Cost: €9 + €1 P&P.

Studio Scale Models' P&T telephone box kit


To order, contact Studio Scale Models directly.

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A note from the editor

At present I am busy finalising the text for my book on the North Kerry line (Limerick to Tralee, and the Foynes and Fenit branches) and preparing for two book launches in Ireland as follows:

7pm, Sunday, 24th November: Lartigue Museum, Listowel, Co Kerry:
(Introduced by Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht)

8pm, Tuesday, 26th November: Newcastle West Library, Gortboy, Co Limerick:
(Introduced by Éamon Ó Cuív TD, former Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

The book is the result of 10 years of research and ground work. It provides a comprehensive history of the construction and operation of these lines from the 1850s to the current day. It is illustrated with maps, station track plans and over 70 previously unpublished photographs.

The down side is that the November New Irish Lines is going to be a bit late, but I hope to send it out before Christmas.


Alan O’Rourke

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D&M Models announce pallet cement and beet wagon kits

D&M Models have unveiled two new additions to their range; four-wheel curtain-sided pallet cement wagon and beet wagon kits.

The kits, which feature pre-formed cast resin bodies, etched brass detailing parts and whitemetal buffers, are designed to fit on a Dapol Prestwin chassis (supplied). Decals are also included.

D&M Models pallet cement wagon

D&M Models beet wagon

Both kits are available now. For orders and enquiries, email dmmodelmakers[at]

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