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Cars on train at Rosslare

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Hi All,

Was talking to my Dad last week and he drove to oOme in 1962 with a couple of pals. One thing he did mention was that they went from Rosslare where the car was put onto a train, propelled out the pier and craned into the ferry! I must admit I had never heard of this. Does anyone have any info or photos on this?

Thanks,

Newtoncork

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Cars for the ferry WERE indeed taken out onto the pier on flats for many years and craned onto  the ship, as you say. Oliver Doyle had photos of it when he gave a talk on the Railways of Wexford to the IRRS in London a few weeks ago.

If my memory serves, they were six wheel coach chassises with suitable decking - so two cars to a "wagon". 

The same process was used for a while with moving new cars from the Ford plant at Cork.

I see that Oliver wrote a paper in IRRS Journal Volume 8, so I'll have a look when home and see if I can extract a picture. 

 

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That is quite correct. From memory the practice ended in the mid or late 1960s. The "wagons" were indeed the chassis of old six-wheelers of various origins, many ex-DSER I think.

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I came over on a Honda 125 in September 1975.

I remember it being craned on and off at Holyhead, but I have no recollection of what happened at Dun Laoghaire 

I came again in September 1976, with a 400, and it was RoRo at both sides.

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