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Bianconi, Bianconi: King of the Irish Roads. Bianconi, M. O’C. and S.J. Watson. Bianconi: King of the Irish Roads. Dublin, Allen Figgis, 1962. 14.5cm x 22cm. 190 pages. Original Hardcover with dustjacket and protective Mylar covering. The cover is slightly worn. Otherwise very good condition with only minor signs of external wear.

Charles Bianconi (1786-1875) helped to revolutionise the transport system of nineteenth century Ireland. This is the first full biography and it draws on his diaries and other private papers. The authors tell of his beginnings as a pedlar in Ireland, his youth in Italy and his rise to a near-monopoly of transportation throughout his adopted country. His life spanned many important events including the Famine in the 1840s and he became a close friend of Daniel O’Connell. This book includes for example the following chapters: Pedlar and Gilder / Husband and Father / Mayor and Magistrate / The End of the Road etc.

Keywords: 19th Century, Irish History, Transportation

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Ferris, Irish Railways: A New History. Ferris, Tom. Irish Railways: A New History. Dublin, Gill & Macmillan, 2009. 13 cm x 19.5 cm. X, 238 pages including many photographs and illustrations. Original softcover. Excellent condition with minor signs of external wear. Some discolouration on cover and page-edges. Clean inside with intact binding.

Includes the following chapters: A Faltering Start / The National Network Emerges / How Ireland Got its Gauge / Consolidation and Expansion (1850 – 1880) / The Rise and Fall of Narrow Gauge / The Golden Age of Ireland’s Railways (1880 – 1914) / All Change (1914 – 1950) / Back from the Brink.

″The first passenger railway in Ireland, the Dublin & Kingstown, opened for business in 1834. From modest beginnings, the railway network expanded over the next 70 years into almost every part of the country. At its greatest extent, the national network consisted of just under 3,500 route miles of track. This era of expansion was followed by an equally long period of decline which was sparked by the partition of the country, the inexorable rise of the internal combustion engine and the economic problems of the interwar years. It was only towards the end of the twentieth century that the fortunes of the railways at last began to recover. Irish Railways, written by one of the leading historians of Ireland’s railways, provides many insights into the social and economic effects of the railways. This is a story rich in human interest, a tale of triumph and tragedy, superb achievement and monumental incompetence, which will appeal to all who have even a passing interest in this most romantic of human inventions” (Amazon)

Keywords: Irish History, Irish Interest, Irish Local History, Irish Railway, Railway, Transportation

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