THE 5-MINUTE BELL: History of the Tramore Train 1853 – 1960

It’s rare these days despite the plethora of new titles on Irish railways to be able to wholeheartedly endorse a new book on the subject but the recently published “The 5-Minute Bell” is an exception. Written by Waterford man, Frank O’Donoghue, the book is far more than just something of interest to railway enthusiasts, and there are numerous personal accounts by frequent passengers and former employees, and it is packed with photographs, paintings and drawings.

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Ireland’s only completely isolated piece of rail line served the communities of Waterford and Tramore faithfully from 1853 until New Year’s Eve 1960 until axed by CIE. Sadly, as was usual in those days, the railway was ripped up almost immediately after closure and the trackbed and other land sold-off with undue haste. At a mere 8 miles in length it would have been an ideal candidate for a preserved railway operation.

The book is a large format, card cover publication running to 128 pages and is packed with high quality colour and b+w illustrations. Available from the author here: price €19 (including p+p).