The Great Northern Railway of Ireland (GNR(I)) was founded in 1876 through the merger of the North Western Railway, Northern Railway of Ireland, and Ulster Railway. It operated mainline services between Belfast and Dublin via Dundalk, between Dundalk and Derry via Portadown and Omagh, and Dundalk and Enniskillen, with an extensive branch network in between. Most of the company’s engines were constructed at its Works in Dundalk, which employed almost 1,000 people from the 1870s-1940s.
You can visit the Great Northern Railway online exhibition on the Cross Border Archives Project website: a joint initiative between Newry and Mourne Museum and Louth County Archives Service.
Featured in the exhibition are archives on the GNR(I) that have been donated to Louth County Archives including the ‘Paddy Mallon – Great Northern Railway (Ireland) Collection’, which consists of many drawings from the Dundalk Engineering Works of the GNR(I). The descriptive list for this collection can be found via the link below.
Louth County Archives acquires archives and records that relate to all aspects of the development of County Louth. Such archives may be from community groups, societies, individuals, organisations, national schools, solicitors or other businesses. These collections make available unique and valuable research sources for the study of our heritage. If you have a collection that you would be willing to donate or know of someone who would, the organisers would love to hear from you.
It is hoped that you enjoy exploring the Great Northern Railway online exhibition (NB it is best viewed using Internet Explorer).