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Interest in re-opening is very evident...

posted Mar 1, 2015, 9:27 AM by Steve Edge
Darragh Connolly writes on the Facebook page:

"So folks it seems we have reached our target of 555 members!

The target 555 was set, as this was the works number of the unique and last surviving Tralee and Dingle locomotive, number 5 built in 1892 by Hunslet of Leeds (works number 555).

It was the first inside framed 2-6-2 tank engine designed for use in these islands, and worked over the steep 1 in 29 grades over the Slieve Mish mountain range to Dingle hauling anything from cattle and fish to emigrants in search of better lives and even scholars heading to the Blasket Islands!

This locomotive had had a colourful history moving to the Cavan and Leitrim in the fifties and then emigrated to America, ironically like so many a Kerryman did on the train from dingle!

Fortunately she returned and is now in pieces in Blennerville after a successful spell in returning to steam.

Surely this unique and important loco to Kerry and Ireland deserves a better fate, let's put 5t back together on proud display as a monument to both Irish industrial heritage and our local Kerry heritage.

Please support our group by liking and becoming a member! The more members we get the better! "