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The 5 ft. 3 in. gauge is standard in Ireland,though narrow gauge lines also abound. Some of the companies such as the Dundalk, Newry & Greenore Railway (L&NWR) and the Northern Counties Committee (Midland Railway) were outposts of English railway companies. Several eminent mechanical engineers spent part of their early career in Ireland, including J. G. Robinson, Alexander McDonnell, H. A. Ivatt, J. A. F. Aspinall and R. E. L. Maunsell, while O. V. Bulleid ended up there at the end of his career. After southern Ireland became a separate country the Great Northern Railway (Ireland) was in the awkward position of straddling the border. Most other railways south of the border were grouped as Great Southern Railways in 1925.
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