This work sets out to record the
remnants of the brief railway mania which grasped
Ireland in the mid-19th century an aspect of Ireland's
history which has largely been overlooked. It explores
the highly competitive environment of railway
construction and the influence it had on Ireland's
social landscape at the time. Looking at archival
material from this period, it becomes apparent that much
effort and expense was invested into a growing network
of railways, many of which were overly ambitious and
failed to meet the expectations of their investors.
Whilst these railway routes and the life surrounding
them have long since been abandoned, this collection
intends to redress, in some small fashion, the
abandonment of their memory in post-independent Ireland.