Locomotive G611 is one of a class of seven shunting locomotives
constructed between 1961/62 by Motorenfabrik Deutz at Köln,
Germany. The locomotives were specifically designed for shunting
and light branch line work. Locomotive G611 entered traffic with
CIE on 1st June 1962, and lasted in service until 22nd July
1977. The locomotive was officially withdrawn on 29th September
Following its withdrawal by CIE, this locomotive, along with
sister locomotives G613, G615, G616 and G617, were sold to
Comhlucht Siuicre Éireann (Irish Sugar Company). G611 was
initially used for shunting at the sugar factory at Thurles.
However, this locomotive was subsequently moved to Limerick
Depot and “adopted” by CIE for shunting at the adjacent wagon
works. Locomotive G611 was fortunate in that it was stabled
inside the shed for most of the time, and was kept in full
working order by staff at the depot. However, in 1991, CIE
decided to dispose of this locomotive and it was sold for
preservation to the Irish Narrow Gauge Trust. It was moved to
Cahir, Co. Tipperary, on 28th March 1991 and stored on an
isolated section of track in the station yard.
In September 1994 the owners of G611 decided to sell the
locomotive, and gave first refusal to the ITG. The locomotive
was fully operational when it was sold to the Group. On 5th
February 1995 G611 was moved by low-loader from Cahir to
Carrick-On-Suir, where it was to remain until it was moved to
Inchicore Works in early 1996 for display at the open weekend on
15th and 16th June 1996. Following a repaint for the “Inchicore
150” event, this locomotive was considered to be in too good a
condition to be taken back to Carrick-On-Suir and leave outside
the shed. It was then decided to loan the locomotive to the
Downpatrick & Co. Down Railway, and it eventually arrived there
in August 1996 to join sister locomotive G617. Locomotive G611
has been in regular use at Downpatrick ever since, operating
both passenger and engineer’s trains on the line.
G611 during the period it was stored at Cahir.
G611 under restoration at Inchicore.