Beware the Headless Engine Driver of Old Carnlough (and The Otter of Carnlough limerick)
(by National Library of Ireland on The Commons on Flickr)
This is the viaduct at Carnlough, Co. Antrim. Think that’s the town hall to the right, and that the post office is hidden on the right on the far side of the viaduct.
Photographer is probably Robert French of Lawrence Photographic Studios, Dublin; the date is circa 1900. (NLI Ref.: L_CAB_03781 )
Here I must add that the comments on this picture (and it’s a nicely done old photo) are really what’s priceless:
Apparently the railway is a quarry line, running to the works above the town. Streetview
- Andrew John Waldron of the Industrial Railway Society:
CARNLOUGH MINERAL RAILWAY, A Short History … In 1896 a 3ft-6in gauge line was built from the harbour to tap into another area of pure limestone known as the Tullyoughter Quarry. … The loco named OTTER was built by Andrew Barclay No 770 built 1896. … Various photos have appeared of the OTTER, the more common views are those by Robert French …
- John Spooner:
So called because when they stoked the firebox the boiler became ‘otter and ‘otter.
There once was a loco called Otter,
‘Tween Carnlough and quarry it’d potter.
But some good townsfolk
Did choke on its smoke
Losing heads like a too keen trainspotter.
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