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Kingstown and Dalkey Railway

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1.75 miles in length

The first commercial atmospheric railway; the line ran from Kingstown (Dún Laoghaire) to Dalkey in Ireland.

William Fairbairn and Sons built a stationary steam engine at Dalkey for this line; it had a huge flywheel, 36 ft dia, and developed 110 HP at 24 rpm with a steam pressure of 40 psi. Steam was supplied by three Cornish boilers. [1]

1844 March 29th. Line opened and viewed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Daniel Gooch and the idea taken by them to apply to the South Devon Railway

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Sources of Information

  1. 'Atmospheric Railways: A Victorian Venture in Silent Speed' by Charles Hadfield, David & Charles, 1967