In print...

The Dingle Train 1st Edition - 1996
David Rowlands, Walter McGrath, Tom Francis
ISBN 1871980275 Plateway Press
The Tralee & Dingle Railway
David Rowlands
ISBN 085153 2675 Bradford Barton

Tralee & Dingle Railway
P B Whitehouse
Locomotive Publishing Co 1958

A transcribed series of newspaper cuttings about the Railway.
Cork Weekly Examiner 1 May 1975
Cork Weekly Examiner July 1977
With many thanks to Martin Curran.

For an account of how David Rowlands came to write his books about the Tralee & Dingle Railway, please click here

For an comment or two by David Rowlands about the T&DR wagons, please click here. Thanks to Ken Elliott.

For an account of the report by Major Marindin into the 1893 disaster at Camp please click this link: 1893.pdf (opens in new window). Thanks to Simon Starr.

For an account of the social life of the railway from J M Synge's "In Wicklow and West Kerry", please click here. Thanks to Keith O Faolain.

On film...

The ‘CAM’ Camwell Collection Volume 3. (Railways of East Anglia & Southern England)
The T & D footage as filmed by W A Camwell.

The T & D footage is included as an extra and lasts just over 6 minutes. It follows the progress of 8T from Tralee to Dingle and return in, probably, June 1951. Quality is mostly good. Filmed in monochrome and colour. 8T is seen in Tralee, and then there are colour shots of the journey to Dingle including a session around Castlegregory Junction. Dingle and the return journey is filmed in black & white and includes sections of the roadside tramway, Lispole Station and viaduct, Annascaul (where the train crosses with the double headed 1T/2T train featured in Ivo Peter’s photographs) and Tralee.
The extras package also includes the Cavan & Leitrim (5 ½ minutes) and the County Donegal (2 minutes).
(There are several DVD’s of cam W A Camwells films – make sure that you obtain this version for the T & D extras.)

From Baltimore to Belfast.
Midland Publishing.
Filmed by R. Kehm. July 1952.

The Tralee & Dingle footage lasts about nine minutes. Quality is mostly good or very good. Filmed in monochrome. Shots include preparing the cattle train at Tralee, loco’s 1T & 8T at Castlegregory Junction and climbing to Glenagalt; loco 2T on the relief at Annascaul and loco’s shunting at Dingle. The return journey to Tralee is also filmed with loco 2T with the relief working at Annascaul, Castlegregory Junction and unloading at Tralee (with cattle disembarking onto the old passenger platform).

Manx and Irish Lines Remembered.
Filmed by J.I.C. Boyd.

The Tralee & Dingle footage lasts about six and a half minutes. Quality ranges from fair to good. Filmed in monochrome. Shots include loco’s 1T & 8T moving along the road approaching Tralee station, Castlegregory Junction, climbing to Glenagalt, Annascaul, Lispole viaduct and station, approach to Dingle and shunting at Dingle station, finishing with a departing double headed cattle train.

The Irish Narrow Gauge in Colour.
Midland Publishing.
The T & D footage was filmed by J.H. Roberts.

The Tralee & Dingle footage lasts for about two minutes. The footage is a series of moving ‘snap shots’ taken in 1953 of the last passenger special. Unfortunately the quality of the T & D footage is poor due to film deterioration – most of the other footage of other lines is good. 
Video reviews by Paul Titmuss

The videos are copies of cine film. Making these films was, in many ways, more of an art than using a camcorder and allowances should be made for this.

Steve Edge,
Jan 9, 2013, 11:05 AM