List of narrow-gauge railways in Ireland

Ireland formerly had numerous narrow-gauge railways, most of which were built to a gauge of 3 ft (914 mm). The last (non-preserved) line to close was the West Clare Railway in 1961 (though it has been partially preserved).

3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm) gauge railwaysEdit

Dublin and Lucan Electric Railway; opened 1900, closed 1925

3 ft (914 mm) railwaysEdit

Northern IrelandEdit

OperatingEdit

DefunctEdit

Railway Opened Closed Length Notes
Ballycastle Railway 1880 1950 17 miles (27 km)
Ballymena and Larne Railway 1877 1950 36 miles (58 km) Ruling gradient: 1 in 36
Ballymena, Cushendall and Red Bay Railway 1875 1940 16 miles (26 km) 1,045 feet (319 m) (highest in Ireland)
Bessbrook and Newry Tramway 1885 1948 3 miles (4.8 km)
Castlederg and Victoria Bridge Tramway 1883 1933 7+14 miles (11.7 km)
Clogher Valley Railway 1887 1942 37 miles (60 km)
Giant's Causeway Tramway 1883 1949 9+14 miles (14.9 km) Electric
Glenariff Iron Ore and Harbour Company 1873 1884 4 miles (6.4 km)
Londonderry and Lough Swilly Railway 1853 1953 99 miles (159 km) Crossed into County Donegal, Ireland
Portstewart Tramway 1882 1926 1.85 miles (2.98 km)
Strabane and Letterkenny Railway 1909 1960 19.25 miles (30.98 km) Crossed into County Donegal, Ireland
Warrenpoint and Rostrevor Tramway 1877 1915 3.3 miles (5.3 km) Damaged during storm, not restored
West Donegal Railway 1860 1892 18 miles (29 km) merged into Donegal Railway Company

Republic of IrelandEdit

OperatingEdit

DefunctEdit

Railway Opened Closed Length Notes
Clonmacnoise and West Offaly Railway 1990s 1990s short term tourist operation
Cork, Blackrock and Passage Railway 1902 1932 16 miles (26 km) 1850: 5 ft 3 in (1,600 mm)
Cork and Muskerry Light Railway 1887 1934 25 miles (40 km)
County Donegal Railways Joint Committee 1892 1960 121 miles (195 km) 1863: 5 ft 3 in (1,600 mm)
Dublin and Lucan Steam Tramway 1880 1897 7 miles (11 km)
Galway and Salthill Tramway 1879 1918 2.13 miles (3.43 km)
Schull and Skibbereen Railway 1886 1947 15+12 miles (24.9 km)
Tralee and Dingle Light Railway 1891 1953 51 km (32 mi)

900 mm (2 ft 11+716 in) gauge railwaysEdit

Cork Electric Tramways and Lighting Company; opened 1898, closed 1931

2 ft (610 mm) gauge railwaysEdit

Steam Train Express (located in Tayto Park); opened 2015 (operating)

15 in (381 mm) gauge railwaysEdit

Northern IrelandEdit

Bellevue Park Railway (located in Bellevue Park); opened 1933, closed 1950 (defunct - park still operating)

Republic of IrelandEdit

Difflin Lake Railway (located in Oakfield Park); opened 2003 (operating)

MonorailsEdit

Listowel and Ballybunion Railway; opened 1888, closed 1924; partially preserved

See alsoEdit