Publisher: Colourpoint Books
Dimensions: 204 x 242mm
Illustration: 54 B&W
Chasing the Flying Snail
Irish Railway Photographers
By Anthony Burges
In the early 1950s the railways operated by Córas Iompair Éireann (CIÉ) in the Republic of Ireland had the appearance and atmosphere of a working museum. That, of course, was part of the undoubted charm which attracted many railway enthusiasts.
In this book, the first in a new Colourpoint series showcasing the work of photographers of Irish railways, Tony Burges takes us on a trip around the CIÉ network, using photographs taken during his visits in 1953 and 1957. He visited many parts and captured CIÉ operations at locations such as Rosslare, Wexford, Waterford, Cork, Tralee, Dromod, Portarlington and Dublin. He photographed not only the rolling stock but also the stations, many of which have long since disappeared or been converted to other uses.
Although English by birth Tony Burges has Irish family connections; his grandfather was from Tralee. He was very active as photographer of UK & Irish branch line railways in the period 1951-1959. He studied transportation at graduate school at Northwestern University, Chicago and photographed railways extensively in the United States. He later worked for the Canadian government as Transport Policy Advisor, Dept of Finance and Director General, Grain Transportation and Handling. He is now semi-retired and devoting time to writing railway books.