DOGS, Garden Railways, Steam Trains, Jive Dancing,
- 25 Oct 2009
It never moved to any other line being used exclusively on the line between Castlegregory and the Junction of the same name. The fearful gradients were between the Junction and Dingle but the line back to Tralee was pretty flat so it may have been used occasionally to there as well. It was fairly Camera shy which is hardly surprising as the great majority of pics of the line were taken by enthusiasts in the last years after the Castlegregory Branch was closed. This Loco No4 was withdrawn in 1902 being scrapped in 1907. Huntley 514 of 1890 so not a long lived machine, the pic is probably a Works Picture when Built.Not easy to find photos or information about the loco - Wiki lists all the T&D locos except No 4 - bit of a who dunnit. I have never seen a photo of it operating on the line, wonder if it may have gone to another of the Irish narrow gauge lines - a 2-4-0 or 0-4-2 would probably not have had enough traction for the T&D
I have done some more research and it appears that the Castlegregory Branch closed 17/4/39 long after No. 4 was cut up so other Locomotives must have worked the Branch after her demise. There is a drawing of No.4 in the Plateway Press Book “The DINGLE Train” if you can get a look at it.
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