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Ireland’s rail network

The first railway in Ireland opened in 1834. At its peak in 1920, Ireland had 5,600 km (3,400 miles) of railway, now only about one third of this remains.

The War of Independence and Civil War did a lot of damage to the Irish rail network, but nowhere near the damage done by the fledgeling state and its short-sighted officials.
You can see how the extremities are attacked first, and then capillary lines, until all that remains are the few arteries we see today.

Click this image to see the year-on-year decline of the rail network, animated by some kind soul at Wikipedia.

Ireland's Rail Network 1925-75

Ireland's Rail Network 1925-75

One Comment

  1. Eoin Madden wrote:

    This map shows a spur from Attymon to Loughrea as still open. It was closed in 1975.

    Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

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