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1 Jan. 1945

The Dublin tram network on the day it was taken over by the Córas Iompair Éireann




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INSET: CENTRAL DUBLIN

Dublin 1945 downtown tram map



Note: Names of streets, squares etc. used below are those used at the time of the map - when different, today's names are added in square brackets. The maps use today's names only.

ABBREVIATIONS ON THE MAPS

NP Nelson Pillar SGGS South Great George's Street


I created the above maps by overlaying OpenStreetMap (OSM) maps with my own data. Copyright on the OSM maps is © OpenStreetMap & Contributors, licensed under a CC-BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 licence).

Please note that the OSM map used as a template for these maps corresponds to the situation at the time the map was downloaded and may show features that did not exist at the time the GS Tram Site is supposed to show. In particular, it may show bridges and highways that were built later.

ROUTES

Dublin tramways

Operator: Córas Iompair Éireann (CIÉ) (Transport System of Ireland)

  6 Nelson Pillar - Merrion Sq. - Ballsbridge - Blackrock
  7 Nelson Pillar - Merrion Sq. - Ballsbridge - Blackrock - Dún Laoghaire
  8 Nelson Pillar - Merrion Sq. - Ballsbridge - Blackrock - Dún Laoghaire - Dalkey
14 Nelson Pillar - Dame St. - South Great George's St. - Rathmines - Dartry Rd.
15 Nelson Pillar - Dame St. - South Great George's St. - Rathmines - Terenure

Hill of Howth Tramway

Operator: Great Northern Railway (Ireland) (GNR(I))

   Sutton - Howth

Dates of abandonment of routes:

  • 30 March 1929: 22*
  • 31 July 1932: 4*
  • 16 Apr. 1938: 23, 24
  • 31 May 1938: 30
  • 1 Jan. 1939: 12
  • 5 March 1939: 19,20
  • 1 May 1939: 16,17
  • 2 July 1939: 11
  • 4 Feb. 1940: 21
  • 26 March 1940: 1, 2, 3
  • 12 Apr. 1940: 25, 26
  • 1 Dec. 1940: 18
  • 2 June 1940: 10
  • 6 June 1940: 9
  • 29 March 1941: 31
  • 31 Oct. 1948: 14,15
  • 9 July 1949: 6,7,8

* These lines were already abandoned before 1938.


CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SYSTEM

NETWORK LENGTH

  • Dublin Tramways: ca. 15 km.
  • Hill of Howth Tramway: 9 km.


HISTORY

Tramways

  • Horse tramways: 1 Feb. 1872 - 13 Jan. 1901
  • Steam tramways: June 1881 - 1905.
  • First-generation electric tramway: 16 May 1896 - 9 July 1949.
  • Second-generation light rail (Luas): 30 June 2004 - today.
  • Hill of Howth Tramway: 7 June 1901 - 31 May 1959.

GAUGE

  • Horse tramways: 1220 mm / 1600 mm.
  • Steam tramways: 915 mm / 1067 mm. / 1580 mm.
  • Dublin tramways (1st generation): 1580 mm.
  • Dublin light rail (Luas): 1435 mm.
  • Lucan tramways: 1067 mm. (until 29 Jan. 1925); reopened as part of the general Dublin system: 1580 mm. (14 May 1928 - 12 Apr. 1940)
  • Hill of Howth Tramway: 1580 mm.

SOURCES

PRINT

  • Corcoran, M. Through the streets broad and narrow: A history of Dublin trams. Hersham (England): Ian Allan, 2000, rev.ed. 2008.
  • Fayle, H. "The electric tramways of Ireland (4): The Dublin tramways" The Modern Tramway, Nov. 1940 (3: 35), p.129-130, 132.

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