The Dublin & South Eastern Railway
- The Dublin & South Eastern Railway
- by W. Ernest Shepherd
- Although the Dublin & South Eastern Railway embraced the earliest railway in Ireland, the Dublin & Kingstown opened in 1834, its principal main line along the coastal strip between the mountains of Wicklow and Wexford and the Irish Sea took another forty years to complete.
- There was much railway political intrigue, in which competing English railways were involved with an eye to cross-Channel opportunities. The Dublin-Wexford line remained physically isolated from any other Irish route until 1873 when extensions linked it to the outside world in Wexford/Waterford area but it was not until 1891 that the City of Dublin Junction Railway provided direct connections between DSER and the Northern, Western and South-Western routes out of the city.
- The coast line suffered badly from sea erosion, and costly diversions were undertaken in the early years of the 1900's. Irish railway history is beset with trouble, from a lack of capital and the great famine of 1847, to political troubles and attacks on lines after the first world war. The lines of the DSER did not escape, nor has it escaped closures brought by post second world war economic problems, although in that it has suffered less than most Irish lines for it retains substantial commuter traffic in the south Dublin suburbs and forms part of the main routes from Dublin to England via both Dun Laoghaire-Holyhead and Rosslare-Fishguard.
- 231 pages, 1974, Case bound, 5¾" x 8¾"
- ISBN-10 0715363611
- ISBN-13 9780715363614
- Pre-Owned, excellent, dust jacket has had a clear plastic covering fixed to it
- David & Charles Publications
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