This new atlas compares the railway network in Ireland in 1920 with the network today. Produced by the same authors as the runaway success of Railway Atlas Then & Now which covers the railways in Britain, it follows the same layout and design which gives the historical map on one page and the current map on the facing page for comparison.
The Irish railway network was built in the 19th century by numerous independent railway companies. 1920 was the peak year in the Irish railway network but the civil war and partition that followed that decade had a severe impact on the railways. Traffic declined still further during World War 2 and during the 1950s and 1960s swathes of the railway network were closed so that today's network is only about half the size of that in 1920. The atlas includes narrow gauge passenger railways as well as those built to the standard gauge in Ireland.
There has long been an interest in Irish railways among British railway enthusiasts as well as those based in Ireland and this book will be a worthy addition to Ian Allan's unrivalled library of railway atlases, providing a comprehensive historical record of the changes in the railway system in Ireland.