Sunny Day on the Bog.

Bord na Mona (Irish peat board) operates an extensive network of narrow gauge industrial railways in the Irish midlands.

It has been nearly two years since I last explored this fascinating diminutive railway in action.

It helps to have the sun to photograph Bord na Mona, as the bog can be outright dreary on a dull wet day.

The sun seemed to have emerged from the lingering blanket of dampness that lately has prevailed across Ireland, so Denis McCabe and I made a foray to Shannonbridge, County Offaly location of the busiest Bord na Mona railway operation.

A laden Bord na Mona train clatters across the bog on the way to Shannonbridge, Co. Offaly. Exposed digitally using my FujiFilm X-T1.
This side view offers an interesting perspective on the locomotive and laden peat wagons. Exposed digitally using my FujiFilm X-T1.

Bord na Mona trains come clattering along, often running in pairs or groups, but patience is often needed to find trains on the move.

Check out Tracking the Light’s archives for previous posts on the Bord na Mona.

Further Adventures with Irish Narrow Gauge.


Bord na Mona’s Ash Train

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3 comments on “Sunny Day on the Bog.

  1. I did see one of the new locos working a wagon transfer.

  2. Michael Walsh on said:

    out on the bog, there’s a great stretch in the train- almost to infinity.

  3. Ted McAvoy on said:

    Hello again

    I spent yet another week on the bogs last week, including Shannonbridge. It might be a diminutive railway physically but week ending 1st March, Bord na Mona moved and tipped just short of 10,000 bogie wagon loads – that’s a lot of freight by any standards.
    Did you see any of the new locos? They’re rebuilding 50 of the big 4wDH locos and two have arrived at Shannonbridge so far.
    All the best
    Ted McAvoy

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