John Speller's Web Pages Dundalk, Newry & Greenore Railway

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The Newry & Greenore Railway opened on 1 May 1873 to connect the town of Newry with the London & North Western Railway's port at Greenore, etsablished in 1867 with ferry service to Heysham and Fleetwood in Lancashire. From 1873 ferry service was also provided between Greenore and Holyhead in North Wales. The name was changed to the Dundalk, Newry & Greenore Railway in 1873, and the line opened to Dundalk in 1876. The London & North Western Railway took control of the 26 mile line in 1868 and thereafter ran it from Euston. It became part of the LMS in 1923, and under an agreement of 1933 with the Great Northern Railway (Ireland) it was worked by the GNR(I) on behalf of the LMS. This made a good deal of sense since the DN&GR and GNR(I) had been running through coaches between Belfast and Greenore since the earliest days of the line, and the line was isolated from the rest of the LMS and hardly worth working by itself. The line, however, closed in 1951 shortly after the withdrawal of the ferries.

The railway had five locomotives. All were Ramsbottom 0-6-0 saddle tanks, similar to those used on the L&NWR. They were built at Crewe and modified for the Irish broad gauge. The were:

No. 1 "Macrory" built 1873, scrapped 1951
No. 2 "Greenore" built 1873, scrapped 1951
No. 3 "Dundalk" built 1873, scrapped 1951
No. 4 "Newry" built 1876, scrapped 1951
No. 5 "Carlingford" built 1876, scrapped 1928
No. 6 "Holyhead" built 1898, scrapped 1951

By closure in 1951 only No. 2 "Greenore" was still capable of being steamed.
Railway Clearing House Junction Diagram of the Dundalk, Newry & Greenore Railway, 1907. Image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons
The L&NWR Holyhead & Greenore ferry "Connemara," built in 1897. During a storm on 3 November 1916 the "Connemara" collided with a coal-ship, the "Retriever," in Carlingford Lough with the loss of 96 of the 97 passengers and crew on board
A Ramsbottom saddle tank with a mixed train at Carlingford station in around 1910
Omeath station, happily preserved, in 2006. The platform edge can still be seen beyond the station building. Image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons
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