RIP-Tony Renehan

Tony on locomotive 461 in Dublin in May 1998.

It is with sadness and a sense of great loss that I must report the passing of retired Irish Rail engine driver Tony Renehan. Although it has been a decade since Tony retired from Irish Rail, he had continued to travel on rail tours and was a regular face at Irish Railway Record Society slide shows among other events.

Tony was the first Irish Rail driver that I got to know. I met him in May 1998 on the footplate of RPSI steam locomotive 461 where he sat in command of the engine. My first question to him was about the engine’s valves and we immediately stuck up a friendship.

He was a rare individual whose depth and breadth of knowledge spanned numerous subjects; historical, mechanical and others. His interests were broad within the span of railways, and he was always willing to share his knowledge, but wouldn’t bluff his way when he reached the limit of certainty.

Few men could match his understanding of railway locomotives. On many occasions we met, sometimes over a pint of stout, to discuss the details of locomotives and their operations. I was always interested in what Tony had to say, because no matter how familiar I was with the subject, Tony always had a level of insight, an angle or a question that pushed the envelope of knowledge one step further.

Tony at Banteer, Co. Cork on locomotive 186 in 2006.

I’ll miss our conversations and discussions. And the file remains open on topics he’d sent me to learn more about, but on I which hadn’t yet reported back.

Rest in Peace, Tony!

On the eve of retirement in Jan 2009.
At Nancy Hands on Park Gate Street in Dublin in 2011.

One thought on “RIP-Tony Renehan”

  1. He was a true gentleman and one of the best Railway Men I ever met. Loved sharing his knowledge not only about the job but also about his interests outside.
    Will be missed
    RIP Tony.

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