One of the main conditions imposed upon the Irish Traction Group
by Iarnród Éireann before they would agree to sell any
locomotives to the Group was that the Group first had to acquire
a site at which to store and maintain its locomotives. With the
assistance of the then Business Development Manager of Iarnród
Éireann, the CIE Property Department were approached in mid-1990
to enquire if there were any rail connected properties still
available for rent/lease to the Group.
Just before Christmas 1990, the ITG were told that the former
goods store at Portarlington was available. This building was
ideal, in that it was still rail connected and relatively close
to Dublin, although the building itself was in a state of
disrepair. There were also sidings adjacent to the building
which could have been utilised at a later date should we have
needed to expand our facilities there. Over the next six months,
various plans were drawn up with regard to undertaking the
necessary repairs to the building and converting it into a
workshop in which the Group could restore its locomotives.
However, in mid-May 1991, we were contacted by the CIE Property
Department who informed us that the goods shed at Portarlington
was no longer available as there were now plans for the site to
be redeveloped and the goods shed demolished! Therefore we had
to start again from scratch.
Whilst the CIE Property Department continued their search for a
new site, the ITG started to make its own enquiries. One
proposal was to approach one of the existing preservation groups
to ask if they would be prepared to share their base with the
ITG. Approaches were made to WESTRAIL, based at Tuam, Co.
Galway, who initially agreed in principal to our proposal.
However, the CIE Property Department objected to this proposal
as they did not want two different organisations sharing the
same base. Eventually, in December 1992, the CIE Property
Department suggested the former goods store at Carrick-On-Suir
Station, Co. Tipperary. This site had originally been rejected
by the Group due to its location, being almost impossible to get
to in a day from Dublin by rail. However, it was made clear that
this was the only site still available, and so an inspection of
the shed was made just before Christmas 1992.
The goods shed at Carrick-On-Suir station is of stone
construction, with a slated roof and an overhanging canopy
alongside the access road into the station yard. The main
building itself is approximately 72 foot long, by approximately
35 foot wide. There is a separate kitchen extension added at the
Waterford end of the building. There is a large concrete
platform inside the building alongside the track that runs
thought the building. Rail access to the shed is via a large
door at the Waterford end of the building, with another door at
the Limerick end to allow vehicles to be pushed right through
the shed if required.
When the ITG first inspected the building it was found to be in
a poor state of repair. Firstly, the track leading to the shed
doors from the access siding had been lifted, leaving a gap of
around 70 feet of missing track between the end of the siding
and the doors of the shed, although the track was still in situ
inside the building. The wooden access doors were rotten, and
needed to be replaced. The roof was in poor condition, with many
slates missing and several timbers in need of replacement. At
the Limerick end of the building, on the track side, one of the
main roof beams had rotted away where it met the wall, resulting
in a partial collapse of the roof at that end. Finally, there
was a considerable amount of rubbish and debris dumped inside
the building, and the floor itself was around 3 inches deep in
In late May 1992, the ITG finally reached agreement with the CIE
Property Department to rent the goods shed on a licence basis.
They agreed to an initial rent free period of one year to enable
the Group to undertake the necessary repairs to the building and
to convert it into a workshop. With this agreement in place,
Iarnród Éireann then agreed to start the process to enable 201
(C) class locomotive 226 to be sold to the Group.
Over the following six months, the shed was cleared of all the
rubbish and pigeon droppings, the rotten wooden doors removed
and replaced with steel shutters, and the shed wired out with
lights and a 3-phase power supply. A tool store and changing
room/bedroom were constructed within the shed building and
shelving, on which to store our large collection of spare parts,
was erected. In September 1992 Iarnród Éireann replaced the
missing section of track between the end of the existing siding
and the goods shed. In addition, many of the missing slates were
replaced, except for the large hole at the Limerick end of the
shed, which meant that most of the floor area within the
building could now be kept dry. Meanwhile, the ITG submitted an
application to the Irish Heritage Council to try to obtain a
grant to have the roof timbers repaired and the roof completely
On 5th December 1992, “spare parts” locomotive 231
was moved to Carrick-On-Suir and became the first ITG owned
locomotive to go into the shed, albeit for one night only.
Locomotive 226 was delivered to Carrick-On-Suir the following
day, Sunday 6th December 1992. As the shed was only
long enough for one 201 (C) class locomotive, plus one other
small shunting locomotive, only locomotive 226 could be kept
inside the shed, whilst 231 had to remain outside. Over the next
few months, more work was carried out on the shed, whilst
restoration work also commenced on locomotive 226. The shed’s
other occupant apart from 201 (C) class locomotive 226 is Deutz
locomotive G616, which arrived on 21st August 1993.
In December 1994, the Group received a grant of I£ 7500 from the
Irish Heritage Council towards the cost of repairing the shed
roof, which was around 50% of the total cost of the work.
Between April and May 1995, the shed roof was completely
stripped of slates; the rotten timbers replaced, and then
completely re-slated using most of the original slates together
with some “second-hand” slates to replace the missing/damaged
Over the years, no less than ten ITG owned locomotives have been
delivered to Carrick-On-Suir. Those locomotives are detailed
below, together with their arrival dates and subsequent
departure dates, if applicable.
5th December 1992
3rd May 1996
6th December 1992
14th August 1993
21st August 1993
21st August 1993
26th August 1995
14th January 1995
23rd November 2005
14th January 1995
7th July 2005
14th January 1995
7th July 2005
5th February 1995
(*see note below)
5th February 1995
22nd April 1996
* Note: G601 briefly left Carrick-On-Suir on 22nd
April 1996 to attend the “Inchicore 150” anniversary
celebrations. It was eventually returned on 5th July
1996 and has remained there ever since.
Over the years, the goods shed has been progressively filled
with several tonnes of spare parts for our growing fleet of
locomotives. A container was also acquired several years ago in
which to store some of the more bulky spares, e.g. traction
motors, brake rigging etc. However, a certain amount of
rationalisation of our spares stock took place during 2006,
which has freed up a little bit more space. In addition, as the
restoration of locomotive 226 continues, more and more of the
parts removed from this locomotive are gradually being replaced.
However, space within the shed is still at a premium.
The goods shed at Carrick-On-Suir has proved to be a valuable
asset to the Group, as without it the ITG could not have
continued in its current form. The restoration of locomotive 226
inside the shed continues to make significant progress, all of
which would not have been possible outdoors.
interior of the goods shed when first taken over by the ITG
in May 1992
exterior of the goods shed taken in July 1992, prior to the
missing track being re-instated. Note that the old wooden
doors had now been replaced by steel shutters. The large
hole in the shed roof where it had partially collapsed can
also be seen at the far end.
between the end of the existing siding and the shed doors
prior to the track being reinstated, taken in July 1992.
shed taken from the Limerick end in September 1992, showing
the trackbed at this end dug out ready for a new section of
track to be laid by Iarnrod Eireann.
track panel in place prior to ballasting, taken in September
parts and building materials are starting to be accumulated
inside the goods shed. Note the tool store and
bedroom/changing room under construction in the far corner,
taken in late 1992.
day in early 1996 showing no less than seven ITG locomotives
lined up on the siding outside the goods shed. From left to
right, locomotives B103, G601, G611, 231, 1, 3, 2.
Carrick-On-Suir Goods Shed in 2007