The Boss and I just got back from a great vacation in Ireland and London. While we were in Dublin I experienced the best of both worlds...the Guinness Brewery...and railroads! Guinness actually had their own railway system for many years. By 1873 the Guinness Brewery had expanded to 63 acres. It became difficult to move materials to the various departments, such as the cooperage, the washing and filling sheds and warehouses. Guinness decided to build their own railway system on the brewery grounds. The engineer-in-chief, Samuel Geoghegan, oversaw it's construction.They had to design a track system that could navigate the narrow cobblestone roads throughout the brewery. They came up with a 22" narrow gauge track. They also had to link the upper and lower levels of property which had a difference in height of 50'. They initially built an elevator to lift the locomotive up and down, but it proved too slow. In 1875 they built a tunnel to bring the locomotives from the upper to the lower levels. The tunnel was spiral rather than straight, with a radius of 61'. The locomotives were used to pull malt wagons, spent grain, hops and cask cars. It was completed in 1877 with 8 miles of track. The engines were initially all steam powered. They eventually had 8 engines. Mr. Geoghegan then designed his own engine. Between 1887 and 1921, 17 were built. By the 1940's the steam fleet was obsolete. They eventually had 11 diesel locomotives built. The railway was used up until 1975. The historical photos were courtesy of the Guinness Brewery archives. Now that's a railroad story worth hoisting one for!  Guiness Brewery Tramway and Railway #6Guiness Brewery Tramway and Railway #2Guiness Brewery Tramway and Railway #1Guiness Locomotive #6Guiness Locomotive #5Guiness Locomotive #4Guiness Locomotive #3Guiness Locomotive #2Guiness Locomotive #1Guiness track #4Guiness track #5Guiness track #2Guiness track #1Guinness BeerMatt

Superintendent, Inland Valley Division, Brisbane & Bushong Railroad

Railway termini are our gates to the glorious and the unknown. Through them we pass out into adventure and sunshine, to them, alas! we return.
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Thanks for sharing Matt. I stumbled across info about the Guinness RR a while back for a post on the old Switcher Saturday thread. Very cool operation they built. I found a map of the track plan on line too. The main gates with the logo on them and the rails in the street is one of my favorite shots. 

This is a bucket list item for sure.

Three Rails Are Better Than None 

Neat !   What's with the cross over tracks in the close up photo ?   The straight section is un-navigable.  

Dan Padova

 

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