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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?

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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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There’s a photo of a D17 working the train in Pat Whitehouse’s Branch Line Album published by Ian Allan in, probably, the 1960’s. The caption describes it as one of the shortest branches in Eire and the passengers ride in the ‘sax whaler’!

Stephen

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This a photo courtesy of the Martine Heritage Centre in Rosslare. A car being loaded onto the Saint David in the 1950s. From the Ron O'Rourke collection. 

You can also see the rail link over the water from the same period in the following link:

https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/news-photo/rosslare-harbour-wexford-04-09-53-photograph-by-alexander-news-photo/533285922

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I would have thought the 1960s...... not sure that model of Rover car was about in the 50s....... any car experts like to comment?

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Looks like a P4, early 50's to mid 60's, cant make out the letters in the reg

I think they were known as Auntie Rovers, because of their use by the Royal Family.

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Found another photo showing the rail link to the ferry. Slightly earlier, believed 1910 ish.

Rosslare Port  1906-10.jpg

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Hi Wexford

Super photo. It should be easy to date thanks to having the name of the ship?

I have a copy of "Edwardian Enterprise" at home re GWR's early 20th century improvements, which included Fishguard - or Ernie Shepherd's book?

 

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Was speaking with the guys in the Rosslare Maritime Centre.

St David III was the first ferry cars could drive onto. A deck of cabins was removed and a door created in the side of the ship. Max car height was 6 feet.

May 1965 was the first service. Max 62 cars.

Previously, another ship,, Slieve Dromod (will check the spelling) used take cars only. Passengers went on a separate ship. 

Photos and details available in Justin Merrigan's

"Let Go Fore and Aft: History of the Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours Company"

ISBN-13: 978-0952848608

Have attached some photos from the web. The last one is a post card that seems to show the construction of the pier. Compare it to the second one where all the tracks are in place.934906628_Rosslare1970.thumb.jpg.0bb57e7af2d742723bf5241bf1923bac.jpg

Rosslare - Laurence collection perhaps.jpg

Rosslare - Laurence collection perhaps 2.jpg

construction of Rosslare Pier perhaps.png

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