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Planes, Trains & Automobiles

Images from our photo collections that show those magnificent men (and women) in their flying, choo choo-ing, and driving machines... Oh, and we've cheated, we're adding boats and ships, jaunting cars and carriages, trams too and bicycles - we're completely shameless.

So, basically any form of transport - air, sea, land - with the exception of two human feet...
September 12, 1962
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April 26, 1961

Here is Mr Paddy Carroll captured heading up the stairs to his Signal Cabin at Thurles Train Station in Co. Tipperary. Wonder if that's a manual in his hand, or a novel he was reading?..Date: Wednesday, 26 Apri... more

Railcar, Stranorlar, Co. Donegal.

robinparkes ( /photos/13073434@N03/ ) Thinks this is No 18, "I see the fleet number has been removed making it harder to identify. I'm convinced that it is 18, which is running at Fintown, Co. Donegal. T... more

Boats moored by a harbour, in an unknown location (probably Schull, Co Cork)

A summary note attached to this O'Connor shot adds a description: "Two men, possibly fishermen or harbour workers, are posing for the camera. A railway line is visible in the foreground" - but there's... more

Steamboat, Lough Erne

Sticking with the same collection as yesterday, the catalogue lists this image as "Steam Boat on Lough Erne, Belturbet, Co. Cavan" - implying that it was taken in County Cavan. However, we have a simi... more

November 26, 1963

A lifting train at Kilkenny Train Station, pulled by Locomotive C205. The shadows would suggest it was a sunny day in Kilkenny 48 years ago today...Thanks to Salmon Leap ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/32428096@... more

Street (running over bridge) Athy, Co. Kildare

This idyllic scene is worth looking at as much for the quality of the shot as for the changes in society and transportation it represents!...Photographer: Unknown..Collection: Eason Photographic Collection ( h... more

Blackrock Road, Cork

This street is not unlike some recent shots but with some differences. I thought there was what was known as a bit off a gyuck in the line up there but it is a set of points to change from a double into a sing... more

I see the train a coming, a coming down the line...

1,50 train Kiltubrid, Co. Leitrim...This is the Cavan and Leitrim Railway again, the Ballinamore Arigna branch...It was taken on the same day as Sharaf Rashidov was elected First Secretary of the Communist Part... more

Blackrock Road, Cork City

This narrow street with an open top electric tram has lots of people about...roaming paddy ( /photos/roamingpaddy/ ) Was spot on with the location very early in the day, Location Identified as Blackrock Road,... more

Station, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Roscommon.

Today we have an O'Dea shot of the Railway Station in Carrick-on-Shannon in Co. Roscommon...Though we already had a lot of information on this shot, the community as usual were able to give extra context and &q... more

Yacht : commissioned by Mrs. Stanley Lyons, 62 Leinster Road, Rathmines

A fine days sailing in the offing with a fine yacht decked out with bunting and flags. Given that it was during the Emergency it seems a bit 'off' but I'm sure life went on!..We did not discover much about the... more

St. Patrick, vessel, at Rosslare Harbour, Co. Wexford

Welcome to a new week and a new set of NLI photographs for your attention. Today we start with a shot from the Mason Collection showing a ship moored at Rosslare Harbour...Following input from B-59 ( /photos/6... more

GSR Class L2

Kingsbridge, Dublin City, Co. Dublin...Our first O'Dea railway related photograph is a while. OwenMacC ( /photos/91549360@N03/ ) Tells us that this is the Inchicore Works rather than Kingsbridge Station Dubli... more

Sloops at anchor in harbour, lighthouse on outcrop in distance

While there is something here for those interested in different sail-plans (Wikipedia) ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sail-plan ) , I guess the main question here was always going to be "where are we&quot... more

Grand Parade in Cork City

The clutter of car traffic and how it changes streetscapes is really evident in this one compared to our earlier, more open, street scenes...This is allegedly some time between 1930 and 1950. It'd be really gre... more

That's some test run...

A girl surveys the wreckage and clean up operation after a train crash at Newbridge, Co. Kildare...Date: Friday, 7 September 1962..NLI Ref.: ODEA32/68 ( http://catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000148548 )

October 1, 1962

A driver (left) and a fireman letting off steam on a train passing through Straffan Train Station, Co. Kildare, and the driver's having a grand cup of tea while he's at it...Date: Monday, 1 October 1962..NLI Re... more

April 10, 1965

Fred McDonagh in his Signal Cabin, Enfield, Co. Meath at 1.55 p.m...We got some lovely information on Fred from his grandson Traingraham:."A wonderfull photo of my Grandad, he was just after moving from Mo... more

Kilfree Junction, Co. Sligo

A man pushing a steam train round a turntable...Date: May 1960..NLI Ref.: ODEA20/12 ( http://catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000148330 )

February 14, 1963

A sad parade of engines going for scrap, we think. Photographer James O'Dea, who took this photo at Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, counts them as 16...According to RETRO STU ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/23885771@N... more

April 21, 1961

Couldn't resist a photo of someone called Rusty, so here is railwayman Rusty Kelly beside his Signal Frame at Lucan South, Dublin...Date: Friday, 21 April 1961..NLI Ref.: ODEA 25/51 ( http://catalogue.nli.ie/Re... more

R.M.S. Titanic?

Harland and Wolff Shipbuilding Yard, R.M.S. Olympic on the stocks (Ships Cradle). ..The evidence suggests that this is not the R.M.S Olympic, rather the tragic R.M.S Titanic, while we are delighted with this an... more

January 3, 1930

Not a good start to the year 1930 for the owner of this Cotton motorbike! This photo was taken at John Kelly's garage ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/6531108775/in/photostream ) on Catherine Street, W... more

Where's the Austin Cambridge

General view with crane, Adelaide Road, Dublin City, Co. Dublin or where's the Austin Cambridge...Thanks for all the comments and fun today. The Mystery car issue is fascinating, was O'Dea a lazy photographer, ... more

Dromod Railway Station

Had an email from Dromod141 wanting photos of his hometown of Dromod in Co. Leitrim, and especially of the railway station where he grew up in the 1960s. So here's one of the former station on the narrow gauge ... more

March 15, 1959

An Irish Railway Records Society special train excursion captured at Baltinglass, Co. Wicklow. Interesting to see some women in this photo, but maybe they were just locals who came out to see what all the fuss ... more

April 27, 1961

Main Street in Roscrea, Co. Tipperary, with more Morris Minors than you could shake a stick at. Thanks to Niall McAuley ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley/ ) for confirming location and providing us with... more

Brand Spanking New Bus

A bright shiny new No. 8 bus pictured on O'Connell Street, Dublin. It looks as if these men can't wait to get on board and try it out for size...Thanks to A. P. Luckwill ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/apl-irl/ ... more

A street scene in Cork with tram and passengers!

This is a street scene from Cork with an electric tram and would be passengers. This is from the Fergus O'Connor collection...The Location was correctly Identified as Douglas village in Cork in very quick time... more

Great Squishing Drama of 1959

Looks as if we might be witnessing the Great Squishing Drama of 1959 at Dromod, Co. Leitrim…..Date: February 1959..NLI Ref.: ODEA 8/62 ( http://catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000303207 )

Red Bay Arch, with man on bicycle

This morning we go up north to the Arch at Red Bay and a fine upright bicycle. ..With thanks to B-59 ( /photos/66311327@N05/ ) , swordscookie ( /photos/swordscookie/ ) and beachcomberaustralia ( /photos/beach... more

Last train from the brewery

"Guinness last train, Dublin City, Co. Dublin"..The catalogue entry described this as the "last Guinness train", and now thanks to input from the community we have extra context and insights... more

Station, Porthall, Co. Donegal.

We'll start the week with an ending! This will be the last O'Dea shot for a little while as we have some other areas to explore. Porthall in Co. Donegal seems to have been a tiny wee station with many a tale ... more

Two men pictured with rowboats in a yard - Dun Laoghaire

To end the week we have another Hargrave shot. Labelled as "Two men pictured with rowboats in a yard: in an unidentified location", we though that perhaps the location might seem obvious to some - bu... more

US diesels arrive, North Wall, Co. Dublin

This was the beginning of a change from British to US locomotives in the CIE livery. As the mighty Wikipedia states:.From the early 60s, CIE looked to GM, with their history of reliability. 15 121 Class were pu... more

Meet you under the clock at Clery's

Rather nice panoramic view "up" O'Connell Street from the top of Nelson's Pillar. We think this was taken around 1950, but would love confirmation or suggestions to the contrary...Very surprised when ... more


And was it 6 o'clock when Elinor Wiltshire took this photo of a tram (no. 15?) crossing the canal at Portobello in Dublin?..Date: 1941-October 1948..NLI Ref.: WIL 75[2] ( http://catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000049995 )

January 24, 1960

The Caragh River in Co. Kerry, hurrying along beside train tracks...Thanks to Mike Gerrish and Niall McAuley for help with the location.....Date: Sunday, 24 January 1960..NLI Ref.: ODEA 18/46 ( http://catalogue... more

Railway Children

F502 on rail train, Ennis, Co. Clare...The Córas Iompair Éireann 501 Class locomotives were built in 1955 by Walker Brothers Limited of Wigan, Lancashire for use on the narrow gauge (3 feet) lines on the West C... more

April 16, 1960

A lovely capture of Mr McCollins, Station Master at Hazelhatch, Co. Kildare at 3.55 p.m. (or more correctly in railway time 15:55)...Date: Saturday, 16 April 1960..NLI Ref.: ODEA 19/92 ( http://catalogue.nli.ie... more

Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone, Co. Westmeath

An O'Dea shot to end the week with an hotel that could easily move from one county to another if certain moves take place. An unusual shot for O'Dea with no apparent relationship to railways - though he does a... more

December 28, 1959

Presenting the gloriously named Bill Biggs and friend at the door of his signal box at Castleblayney East, Co. Monaghan...Date: 28 December 1959..NLI Ref.: ODEA 18/9 ( http://catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000304777 )

Grafton Street

Grafton Street in Dublin, long before pedestrianisation was even a twinkle in Dublin Corporation's eye. Check out the tags for the car registrations that are clear enough to read - the only one I'm unsure of is... more

Queen Street, Dublin City, Co. Dublin.

This is one of those different O'Dea shots taken almost exactly 51 years ago to the day! It shows Queen Street in Dublin with the bridge in the distance. On the left is the entrance to the colourfully named &... more

No. 9 to Donnybrook

Trams on the North Circular Road in Dublin...Photographer: James P. O'Dea ( http://catalogue.nli.ie/Author/Home?author=O'Dea,+James+P.+1910-1992+photographer&sort=year+asc&view=grid ) ..Date: Between Ju... more

Howth, Co. Dublin

A tram crossing over the elevated road bridge at Howth, Co. Dublin...Thanks to A. P. Luckwill ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/apl-irl/ ) we have an exact location for this photo as that bridge is long gone, and... more

March 27, 1959

Men working in the aftermath of a derailment at Hybla/Ballyneage, Co. Kildare that happened on Thursday, 26 March 1959...Next day's Irish Times reported:."The main line to the South of Ireland was blocked ... more

April 22, 1961

An engine (CIE 171) going onto a turn table at Dundalk, Co. Louth...Flying Snail ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/flyingsnail/ ) told us:."In the background is the GNR's 'general stores' building, which is ... more

December 19, 1959

This is Driver Joe beside his train at Monaghan Railway Station. This train was an Irish Railway Records Society Special Train, and you can see members of the Society fanning out over the tracks in the backgrou... more

Filling her up

This is engine 207 (aka Boyne) at Conniberry, Co. Laois. According to our catalogue, this picture was taken while 207 was "getting coal supplies". However, the consensus from comments below is that it... more


A fishing trawler returning to Skerries, Co. Dublin with a full catch. Local seagulls are having a ball with unwanted fish bits thrown back in by one the fishermen...Date: Circa 1960..NLI Ref.: TIL537 ( http://... more

March 12, 1960

We thought this was the view from a railway signal box at a Church Road in Roscommon, and as there are quite a few Church Roads in County Roscommon, we asked for help. Apparently, ask and you shall receive beca... more

C.I.E. Barge 37.M at Portobello

This barge had a great audience as it made its way through the lock on the Grand Canal at Portobello, Dublin. And see here for a black and white ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/6095481943/ ) taken wit... more

Not Movable

Five railwaymen pictured at Broadstone Station in Dublin. This photo was taken four days before Broadstone was closed on 8 April 1961...Broadstone Station was opened in 1847, and was the Dublin Terminus of the ... more

Guinness Barge

This is the very neat and tidy "Castleknock" - a Guinness Barge - moored on the River Liffey in Dublin (53 years ago today). Niall McAuley ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley/ ) provided a great... more

Ballyhooly, Co. Cork, 1991

This one is for those of you who've been complaining over the past few weeks about the modern photos being crowded or cluttered by cars - you know who you are, not looking at anyone in particular - well, maybe ... more

March 19, 1961

Bill County taking a breather in the Signal Cabin, Albert Quay in Cork city at around 10.55 by the look of the clock...Date: Sunday, 19 March 1961..NLI Ref.: ODEA 24/58 ( http://catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000305401 )

Capel Street, Dublin at 9.30 am

Not a railway photo from James P. O'Dea, but instead a Dublin streetscape. Taken 52 years ago today.....Date: Tuesday, 28 June 1960..NLI Ref.: ODEA 20/94 ( http://catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000305050 )

April 28, 1959

So many of our train shots show gleaming metal and shining livery, that we thought you might like this stripped back view inside the belly of the beast, with a shot of a train engine in the repair shop at (we t... more


Poets Patrick Kavanagh and Anthony Cronin at the church in Monkstown with the carriage in which they'd been proceeding about Dublin in the footsteps of Leopold Bloom, the main protagonist in Ulysses - 50 years ... more


Looks like demolition, or at least extreme gutting, of buildings on Charlotte Street, Dublin. There's a sign for Charlotte Place at the right of this photo, but I couldn't for the life of me find a trace of eit... more

Main Street, Belturbet, Co. Cavan, 1990

Taken by photographer, Eugene Clerkin, who reported that there was a Town Festival in progress on this day. Let the battle of car identification commence.....You can compare this view of Belturbet with its comp... more

Filming at Westland Row Station

No idea what film this was, but there are the film crew doing their stuff at Westland Row Train Station, now Pearse Station, in Dublin...Date: Friday, 24 June 1960..NLI Ref.: ODEA 20/89A ( http://catalogue.nli.... more

April 24, 1960

This fine trio are Mr J. Malone and his son, accompanied by their terrier who was in full voice by the looks of things, all pictured at Ashtown Train Station, Dublin. The photographer James O'Dea had obviously ... more

Market Square, Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow, 1991

Taken by photographer, Padraig J. Laffan, who noted: "Catholic Church is on left where tress are, building in distance (Clerys) now gone."..You can compare this view of Bagenalstown with its companion... more

Emptying her out

And here is engine 207 (aka Boyne) at Amiens Street Station (now Connolly Station) in Dublin, being emptied of cinders, clinkers, ash.....Date: Sunday, 21 June 1964..NLI Ref.: ODEA 39/38 ( http://catalogue.nli.... more

S.S. Dunbrody stranded in Avon

To matters maritime to begin the week, a stranded ship on a shore with supporting craft around it...With thanks to sharon.corbet ( /photos/129555378@N07/ ) , guliolopez ( /photos/20727502@N00/ ) , swordscookie ... more

Railway Footbridge at Churchtown, Dublin

One of our Flickr regulars, Niall McAuley ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley/ ) , requested this photo from our O'Dea Collection. He thought from our catalogue description that it might be beside his old ... more

Steam Shovel

A Siemens-Bauunion Steam Shovel is eased through the streets of Limerick (from the Docks) on its way to work on the construction of the Shannon Hydro-Electric Scheme at Ardnacrusha...The rather unwieldy looking... more

Princess Xenia

Fokker monoplane "Princess Xenia" which spent most of September 1927 at Baldonnel Aerodrome (now Casement Aerodrome) waiting for weather conditions to improve enough to attempt an East to West crossin... more

July 27, 1922

Children chatting to soldiers during the Irish Civil War. Our metadata suggests these troop were "passing through to an attack on Irregulars Stronghold"...Love the immediacy of this photo, where even ... more

Lartigue Rail, Ballybunion (or Ballybunnion)

NLI Ref.: LROY 4275 ( http://catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000057537 )

Up Sinn Féin

Not a political statement, but words that were chalked on the side of this Austin Armoured Car outside Mounjoy Prison in Dublin during a hunger strike. There were a number of hunger strikes between 1918 and the... more

Good Day at Blackrock

The canny billh35 got in his request to see this one just under the wire. It's Blackrock in Co. Louth...Traffic-wise, a rather more relaxed scene than yesterday's photograph of Dame Street/College Green ( http:... more

January 3, 1930

Not a good start to the year 1930 for the owner of this Cotton motorbike! This photo was taken at John Kelly's garage ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/6531108775/in/photostream ) on Catherine Street, W... more

Bangor Castle II

And here's the steamer Bangor Castle again at the docks in Belfast. Very different ornamentation around the wheel. And is that No. 5 or No. 3 Ferry ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/6981574337/ ) lurkin... more


Not quite a Wall of Death, but this must surely have been quite a thrilling act for audiences at Lloyd's Circus nonetheless. I like the tiny part of the crowd that's lit up by sunlight...Lloyd's Circus (aka Llo... more

Mitchell Brothers No. 4

New railway engine from Mitchell Bros. The photo was commissioned by a Mr Edwards, and was taken to record work on a new railway cutting in Waterford...Date: 29 August 1905..NLI Ref.: P_WP_1493 ( http://catalog... more

July 4, 1922

Maud Gonne McBride on Red Cross duty during the Irish Civil War...Date: 4 July 1922..NLI Ref.: HOG197 ( http://catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000218441 )


As derangedlemur solved today's mystery image ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/9454962057/ ) in about 30 seconds, presenting today's bonus photograph - the paddle steamer Sibyl (libations to all the ma... more

"Unidentified" = City Hall, Donegall Square, Belfast

This photo had been languishing on our catalogue with the sad title Unidentified - an unacceptable state of affairs, but our fantastic Flickroonies have rectified the situation.....Thanks to Niall McAuley ( htt... more

No. 74

Lovely location for a railway station, at the foot of the Rock of Cashel in Tipperary. Am I raving or have we seen engine 74 somewhere else? And was this part of the Great Southern and Western Railway?..Date: C... more

Electric rail, Giant's Causeway

NLI Ref.: LROY 3337 ( http://catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000058785 )

Not Licensed to Sell on Sunday

Wonder if that's the proprietor of the Fair Head Hotel in Antrim, Isabella McLaughlin, lurking in the doorway with ducks around her feet? Now known as "Hunter's Bar in Ballyvoy. The Torr Road starts here a... more

"... a foot in foreground" = Ruins of Olderfleet Castle, Larne

Hope none of you are eyeing the foreground uneasily to search for a severed limb, but in our catalogue, this image is titled: "Road approaching village, ruin to right, side-car, tourist party, a foot in fo... more

Fisher Folk

It's not often you see so many smiling faces in our early photographs, or men and women being natural and friendly with each other (by modern standards anyway), so here you have some of the fishing community of... more

August 26, 1910

The Tipperary Hurling Team outside Clonmel Train Station...DannyM8 has identified the chap in the centre of the middle row as the famous Tom Semple, for whom Semple Stadium in Thurles was named...Date: Friday, ... more

Aeroplane on roof at Barrack Street, Waterford

Thanks to ofarrl ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/33577523@N08/ ) (see comments below), we now have a lot more information about this photo. The crash happened in November 1920 as a "Scout" plane, carr... more

The Lizard

Great group shot of intending passengers and some crew aboard the Lizard, probably along the quays in Waterford. Believe that the commanding officer may have been called something like Captain Reth, but couldn'... more

Armoured Car, Passage West, Cork

Thanks to everyone for helping with this photo that started life in our catalogue with very sketchy information! All we knew was that it was an armoured car in Cork, ca. 1922, and that the photo was taken by W.... more

Would have been perfect if the Butcher's Shop was called Hazlett!

Very patiently queueing horses at the Market Square in Dromore, Co. Down. Do we reckon those sacks and bundles are grain? (In which case, it must have been torture for the horses - so near and yet so far!)..Lov... more

Wexford Millionaires in Mountmellick

This photograph was irresistible because of the Holy Grail of not just one but two news posters that are for once (Huzzah!) legible...I've uploaded a detail of the two posters ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/nli... more

O'Neill's Bicycles

Hard at work assembling bicycles at a firm called O'Neill's. That young lad looks terrified. Do you know where this firm was? As usual, any and all information about this lantern slide will be entertained, brou... more

Penny Farthing

Not sure if we've seen St. Stephen's Green in Dublin from this angle before. There isn't the usual clarity of a Lawrence Collection photograph, but when I spotted the Penny Farthing, this one was irresistible..... more

Horse-drawn tram, Patrick Street, Cork

Today we have the battle of the horse-drawn tram versus omnibus photos. It's Cork (the real capital of Ireland?) versus Dublin ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/9005122884 ) (the real capital of Ireland... more

S.S. Adolphine

The sailing ship Adolphine moored at the Custom House in Dublin, with a swivel bridge in the foreground. There are posters advertising Pleasure Trips to Lambay Island that also say "William Hall" - ha... more

All aboard the "Cherry-bounce"

Happy tourists or day trippers loading up outside McNeill's Hotel in Larne, Co. Antrim, under the watchful eye of the local constabulary. We think McNeill's was near Dunluce Street. Have hazarded "charaban... more

Tram Cars, Rostrevor, Co. Down

NLI Ref.: L_CAB_02168 ( http://catalogue.nli.ie/Record/L_CAB_02168 )

Captain Malcolm Campbell at Mountjoy Corner, Phoenix Park during practice

Contributed by Bob Montgomery 2012: "This photograph was taken during Thursday practice for the 1929 RIAC Irish International Grand Prix. Malcolm Campell drove this Sunbeam in the race." And thanks to... more

A lot of horse power in these stables!

These are the stables on the Rockingham Estate in Boyle, Co. Roscommon - home to the King family (the Estate, not the Stables!). It looks as if real horse-drawn conveyances and horse power as we know it today w... more