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Larkin, Chris

Chris Larkin was born near the Chetwynd Viaduct, Togher, Cork, and has been an avid collector of railway material over fifty years. Notable railway historians such as Joe St. Leger, Walter MacGrath and Colm Creedon also entrusted him with much of their valuable records. He is a long-time member of the Irish Railway Record Society as well as the GAA, road bowling and vintage car clubs. He gives talks to many railway societies, heritage bodies and historical societies and is well known as a transport and military historian as well as being an artist, photographer and poet

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West Cork Railways Rail enthusiast and historian Chris Larkin warmly remembers the lifetime of the West Cork Railway system in this travelogue, allowing readers to hop onto a West Cork train and savour the journey of a bygone era. While on board, you might even meet a celebrity! West Cork Railways takes the reader time travelling from the famine right through to the rocking 1960s. Sit on a seat and be whisked from your West Cork home to villages and towns carrying along the dreams, needs and aspirations of bygone travellers. Observe railway life and the harmonious existence of dogs, cats, hens, ducks and geese at the level crossings. Railway enthusiasts will savour detailed accounts of railway stations, length of lines together with steam locomotives and wagons, while those interested in social history will enjoy accounts of halt-keeper’s houses and lists of people including those that worked on the Cork - Beara line. This wonderful publication provides a unique visual and historical record of the West Cork Railways. Fully illustrated throughout, material from Irish Railway Records are complemented with unique and rare images from private collections and the London Illustrated News. Photographs, vintage posters, postcards, colour slides, tickets, advertisements and images of railway objects fill the pages. The railway brought much prosperity to the region; however, decades have passed since its 1961 demise and the rapid physical decay of the line. West Cork life continued, albeit in a different way. While today connectivity is measured in speed, this railway is fondly remembered for linking its people. Heartbreakingly, if it had held its ground for a further 12 years until EEC entry (1973), the railway right of way for future generations would have been preserved. €25.00