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Midland Irish Peat
Lansdale Yard
Rathowen
Westmeath
 
Gauge : 3feet
Status : closed 2009
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Date: April 2000

Date: April 2000

Date:April 2000

Midland Irish Peat had two peat works approximately 2 miles from each other, working separate bogs. The railway at Lansdale Yard, has a picturesque run of about a mile alongside fields, before reaching the bog.

There was a short maintenance siding just before the tracks reach the bog, and in April 2000 one of the locos, No.4 (Diema 2242) was here with a makeshift personnel carrier.

Out on the moors waiting to exchange wagons, were two locos, No.2 (Ransoms and Rapier No.84), and No.1 (Diema 2639/63). These two locos were in use double heading the trains back to the yard for unloading. A further smaller Diema loco and a Motor Rail were in use hauling the loaded trains off the temporary tracks from the loading area.

 

Date: April 2000

Date: April 2000

Date: April 2000

The layout in the yard is relatively simple, with just a single run round loop and no cover for the locomotives. An elevator tips peat into waiting trailers to be transported to the Mill about 2 miles away.

At the end of the yard, by the fuel tank next to the road, the Alan Keef loco No.3 (AK No.9) was in use shunting the empty wagons away from the tippler.

No.2, the Ransoms and Rapier loco dates back to 1938. It has been re-engined, and there is now little left of the original bodywork.

Date: April 2000

Date: April 2000

The R&R loco seen moving off the temproary tracks out on the bog.

Fortunately when the railway closed, all the locos were saved for preservation. The bogs are still in production, now owed by Klasmann.

 
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