Transport

Cars, Boats, Planes and Trains – there’s a surprising variety of cards available.

Page updated 11/8/2017.

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Rounding Bray Head, Co.Wicklow

Locomotive Publishing Company, Ltd., London.


Stranorlar Railway Station, Co.Donegal Railway

This is a much sought after card and sells for £30+ on the rare occasions when it appears for sale. 

Stranorlar was the HQ of the County Donegal Railways narrow gauge network and the station building was a suitably grand edifice – note the company’s coat of arms over the entrance. The station survived the closure of the Co.Donegal Railways in 1959 but was ultimately demolished by CIE in favour of a lorry park – even the carved coat of arms ended up dumped!


OUR LOCAL EXPRESS – Dublin to Howth

A popular humorous card overprinted to feature numerous railways throughout the British Isles published by “Cynicus” aka Martin Anderson (1854-1932) – a Scottish born artist, political cartoonist, postcard illustrator, and publisher.


The Clogher Valley Tram

Nice view of Fivemiletown – unknown publisher – of interest to the vintage road vehicle enthusiast too!


Londonderry & Lough Swilly Railway Company

  

Scarce card showing one of the company’s locomotives with technical details on the back. One of a series published by Raphael Tuck.


The Railway Bridge, Cappoquin, Co.Waterford

A poor quality, locally published card which I purchased in a Cappoquin grocery in the late 1970s! It was still being sold as a current tourist postcard despite its obvious antiquity – even the railway had been gone since 1967.


Railway Preservation Society of Ireland

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One of a series published by the RPSI in the late 1970s.


Railway Station, Maryborough

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Maryborough Station on the Dublin/Cork line opened in June 1847. The town and station were renamed Portlaoise in 1929.

A “Philco”Publishing Co.,London card – series N0.2429 – printed in Germany.


The Dublin & Kingstown Railway 1834

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A set of cards published by the late lamented Exchange Bookshop, Dalkey, Co.Dublin. Based on original paintings by John Harris (1791-1873) which were first published by W.F. Wakeman, Dublin, in 1834.


Shane’s Castle Series

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Ballymena & Larne Railway – An interesting art card from the “Shane’s Castle Series” – no artist indicated.

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Left to right: Ballycastle Rly locomotive No.1. “Dalriada” in the 1880s; Shane’s Castle Railway – locomotive No.3. “Shane” at Shane’s Castle Station.

Series printed by William Chudley & Son, Exeter.


Belfast Electric Trams

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The Belfast tramway system was established in 1872 by the Belfast Street Tramway Company and was horse worked from the outset. However, the system was taken over by Belfast Corporation in 1905 and electrified in the same year.

This card by Dickson of Belfast presumably dates from the same year.


Great Northern Railway Locomotives

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A technical series designed for enthusiasts from the 1950s (?). No publisher given.


Belfast Transport Museum Appeal

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In the days before the new Irish Transport Galleries were built at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum in Cultra the collection was housed in a cramped old warehouse in Witham Street, Belfast. The carriage featured in this early 1960s card of Witham Street has since been fully restored and is on show at Cultra.


Gems of Irish Transport Series .1.

Gems of Irish Transport Series 1

This series appears to date from the 1950s or were reproduced in that style. Unattractive and only for the diehard transport card collector.


Lismore Station, Co.Waterford

Lismore Station

An unusual early card showing Lismore Station on the Waterford/Mallow line – closed in 1967. The imposing station was paid for by local landlord, the Duke of Devonshire, and his family coat of arms cut into the stonework of the building are still visible today.

Published by the grandly sounding Scottish Photographic Touring & Pictorial Postcard Co., Glasgow.


Cloghan Station, County Donegal Railway

CDR TRAIN

Cloghan Station was a minor stopping place on the Stranorlar/Glenties branch of the narrow gauge Co.Donegal railway system. The branch operated from 1895-1947 when it was closed as a cost-cutting measure. This “Milton Series” card by Woolstone Bros., London, sold on eBay (June 2016) for £12.50 – quite a bargain as it normally fetches in the region of £40.00.


Translink/Northern Ireland Railways

Translink John Hinde NO 2NI 492e

A modern John Hinde card (2NI/492) showing Translink’s latest DMU railcars crossing the River Lagan just north of Belfast Central Station.


Midland Railway (Northern Counties Committee)

CORR CARD FRONT - Copy  Midland Railway Corr Card BACK - Copy

An interesting business reply card postally used in 1913.


Midland Railway (Northern Counties Committee): Belfast – Portrush Express

mrncc TRAIN FRONT

Card No.5. by the Locomotive Publishing Company Ltd., London.


The Giant’s Causeway Tramway

Giants Causeway RP Scholastic 7167

A superb view with the precariously perched Dunluce Castle in the background.

Postcard # 7167 by Scholastic Productions, Belfast.


Ballymoe Rail Crash, 1903

Ballymoe Rail Disaster 1903 FRONT

A derailment on the Midland, Great Western Railway near Castlerea in County Roscommon which resulted in 1 passenger killed and 11 injured.

Postcard by C.F.Wynne, Portarlington.

More here: Board of Trade Accident Investigation Report


Innishannon Viaduct, West Cork

Rly Bridge Innishannon Road NO publisher

The Bandon River and viaduct from a RP card with no publisher given.

The Cork, Bandon & South Coast Railway was closed by CIE in March 1961 and today only the bridge piers remain.


John Dooly & Sons, Birr, Co.Offaly

DOOLYS 2

A strange card – possibly (?) during the period when the Great Southern Railways were given legal powers to buy-out competing haulage firms.

Card presumably published by the company itself.


The Cork & Macroom Direct Railway

Cork & Macroom tank engine The Locomotive Publishing Company

No.5. an 0-6-2T locomotive built for the Cork & Macroom Direct Railway Company by Andrew Barclay & Sons of Kilmarnock, Scotland in 1904.

Card by the Locomotive Publishing Company, London.


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Left to right: Steam hauled railtours at Askeaton, Co.Limerick and near Portadown, Co.Armagh. Cards published by the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland circa 1984.


TUCK GSR LOCO Barnard Way

Above: The Dublin – Queenstown Mail in Great Southern Railways days – a rather fine card by Barnard Way and published by Tucks. I went mad – all of €4 on eBay!


Ballydehob FINAL

Ballydehob Railway Station – postally used 1904 – one that got away! Sold for £26.26 on eBay tonight (15/12/15) – too rich for my blood and anyway my interest in railways has severely diminished with the passing years. A rare picture though and one that I hadn’t seen published anywhere before. More about the Schull & Skibbereen railway here.


Dun Laoghaire Pier note turntable

An interesting view of the Mail Boat Pier in Dun Laoghaire on this official LNWR card – I have no recollection of the turntable in the foreground.


MGWR pc VALENTINE

Above, another superb card which I now regret not  buying. Published by Valentines it went for very little on eBay last year.


I admit to being biased in favour of railway cards as they are hard to beat for colour and majesty. The one below is one of my favourites but sadly not in my collection.

MRNCC postcard

The MRNCC (Midland Railway Northern Counties Committee) operated the northern line from Belfast (York Road) to Londonderry (Waterside) as well as the Belfast/Larne route.


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A Valentines card for the (GS&WR) Great Southern & Western Railway postally used in 1927, two years after the aforementioned concern had been subsumed into the Great Southern Railways.

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Another GS&WR card – this time “The Killarney Express” by the Locomotive Publishing Co.


DSER Valentines card pu 1908 - Copy

An interesting Dublin & South Eastern Railway card from Valentines that I haven’t seen before – postally used in 1908.


Ballinamore Station Woolstone MILTON SERIES

Even some of the minor lines featured on postcards and the narrow gauge Cavan & Leitrim Railway was once such concern. The card above – published by Woolstone Bros. in their ‘Milton Series’ – shows a staged (presumably official) photograph of the company’s principal station at Ballinamore, Co.Leitrim.

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