Welcome to the Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail category. This map is presented by the transport operator in collaboration with railway community groups and enthusiasts to celebrate the contributions the railways made to the Irish landscape physically, socially and culturally. Scroll down for more information.
The story of trains in Ireland begins back in 1834 with the opening of the first passenger railway. Since then the railway brought train stations, rail bridges, tunnels, viaducts, railway hotels and rail workers homes. The trains would not run without its passengers and employees. The creation of this all-Ireland map was to have a living archive that the public can contribute to whether it be an image, text, a video clip or audio recording.
Shaping Our Society
The trains chart modern Ireland’s commuting, freight and holiday-making routes along with the hotels and cafes to facilitate passengers before widespread car ownership. The trains are a record of the change in technology moving from steam to diesel to electric to the design of the railcars themselves.
What can you Contribute
Images can be anything from an old photograph or newspaper clipping to a smartphone image taken today. We want to hear your memories or a family memory passed onto you of a railway-related event. Did a family member work in a train station or Inchicore works? Do you remember being on the train for an important event in your life?
We want to hear your songs, poems and pieces of music inspired by the railway. Do you have a sound clip of the train making its way into the station?
Whether it may be please fill out the contribution form and add to Ireland’s Railway heritage map.