Waterford, Dungarvan and Lismore Railway

click for 11k WDLR monogram WDLR monogram. Source: © G. Hartley (scan RCJ)

History: Summary

Waterford, Dungarvan and Lismore Railway [Incorporated 18/7/1872, opened 12/8/1878]. 48 miles with 53 level crossings. Terminus at Waterford South and, like the WTR, no connection to other railways in the city. Took over the working of the Fermoy and Lismore Railway [27/9/1872] from the GSWR on 1/3/1893. Absorbed, together with Waterford and Wexford Railway [1882], by GSWR [DBMcN: Fishguard and Rosslare R. & H.C. on 12/8/1898] in 1898. Connection made with GSWR at Suir Bridge Junction.

Rolling stock: Initially engines borrowed from DWWR. One 2-4-0ST originally built by Neilson for Cork and Youghal acquired from GSWR in 1883. 6 new Sharp, Stewart 0-4-2 locos: 4 in 1878 Mks.Nos. 2818-21, 1 each in 1891, Mks.No. 3665, and 1892, Mks.No. 3813. Original rolling stock was bought through S.I.Claye of Barrow. Carriage stock was 26 (3 1sts, 3 1st/2nd, 3 2nd, 9 3rd, 3 passenger brakes, 3 horse boxes, 2 carriage trucks). Wagon stock comprised 50 cattle, 30 open, 4 timber, 2 goods brake. The company eventually owned 7 locomotives, 21 passenger vehicles and about 140 wagons. The seven locos were taken into GSWR stock in 1898. Some of the coaches were sold to the CMDR and WTR and the remainder were broken up.
Livery: According to H.Fayle, engines were red and carried nos. prominently on smokebox doors.
Staff: At opening J.Otway was Engineer and T.O'Malley G.M.. Secretaries were G.Willis 1874-1880, T.O'Malley 1880-1899.
Signalling: In the early 1890s, at the insistence of the Board of Trade, the block system introduced. All but 3 of the 9 ststions were block posts. Two tablets were in use on the Fermoy branch (former F&LR), blue between Lismore and Ballyduff and red between Ballyduff and Fermoy.

Further reading: H.C.Casserly Outline of Irish Railway History, K.A.Murray and D.B.McNeill The Great Southern and Western Railway, D.B.McNeill "The WD&LR" JIRRS 682.

Coat of Arms

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click for 8K .jpg image of WDLR gate 1 click for 7K .jpg image of WDLR gate 2 WDLR gates (but is one a fake?). Source: D. Cronin (Waterford exhibit)
click for 3K .jpg image of WDLR fake WDLR suspect repro. Source: TRA905. (full image 10K)
click for 4K .jpg image of WDLR gateWDLR questionable gate. Source: ebay407. (full image 37K)
click for 13K .jpg image of WDLR gateWDLR gate. Source: SRA1212 (full image 29K)




click for 4K .jpg image of Waterford loco lamp Waterford lamp (Company unclear). Source: D. Cronin (Waterford exhibit)

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Page posted 27/7/1997. Revised 29/3/13

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