The Railway

Generations of the same family worked for the railways with sons and sometimes daughters following in their parents footsteps. The railway offered well paid, secure employment, sometimes with accommodation provided, and reasonable chances of promotion. For rural Ireland the railway network provided a very important link with the outside world as a carrier of news, produce and loved one.


Towards the end of the 19th Century, rural Ireland was criss-crossed by a matrix of local railway networks and branch lines. The railway was a major instrument in transforming the economy and society in 19th Century Ireland.

Adventure in Progress

Characters of
the Railway

Discover the many noted figures that can be traced back and linked throughout the history of Suir Valley Railway line.



The railways were always about much more than goods and commerce. It has changed our society, tourism, emigration and even the way we tell the time.