|The Waterford & Limerick Railway had a long period of survival as an independant line, first working, and then absorbing other lines. There were forces operating which helped the Waterford & Limerick to survive, and while this was so it kept up the illusion of a rise of greatness, and before the end of the 19th century it had become the fourth largest railway in Ireland. By 1899 it was clear that it could not carry on alone.
The main line linking the two cities after which the line was named is still in being, though all but two of its branches and extensions have ceased to carry passenger traffic and some have closed altogether. It is now used more for freight than for passenger trains.
The line's period of glory was its final decade as an independent company. It had the good fortune to have then, as its locomotive, carriage and wagon superintendant, one of the most famous of British locomotive engineers in the days of steam, SJ G Robinson, who learned and developed at Limerick the skills and expertise that were subsequently to make him famous on the Great Central Railway at Gorton Works.
C J Fryer
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170 photographs, plans and maps