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Railway Bridge

Description:

The firm oversaw the construction of the Cavan and Leitrim Light Railway between 1885 and 1888, laying down the track and bridges for the railway, which extended for thirty-two miles from Belturbet to Dromod. It was a large-scale
civil engineering project, involving excavation of soil, preparation of the necessary formation, laying the sleepers and rails and the construction of bridges.

The excavation was a laborious process, carried out by large groups of workers wielding picks and shovels; steam shovels were being pioneered in Britain around this time, but had not yet been introduced in Ireland.

Key Facts / Information:

Client Cavan, Leitrim and Roscommon Light Railway and Tramway Company
Location Cavan - Leitrim
Date  1885 - 1888