Cork and Muskerry Light Railway was a narrow gauge railway in County Cork, Ireland.
first part of the railway opened in 1887 and closed in 1934.
reason for building the railway was to exploit tourist traffic to
railway operated from its own station at Cork.
initial lines westwards from Cork to Blarney and Coachford opened in 1887 and 1888 respectively, the railway
was built close to the south bank of the River Lee as far as a station at
Coachford Junction, 6½ miles west of Cork.
Junction the branch to Blarney was 2 miles, the line to Coachford 9
Throughout the railway's existence, the line was equipped with nine
steam locomotives. The line was built to a track gauge of 3 feet
The Donoughmore Extension
An 8½ mile
long extension was built north-westerly from St Annes (on the
Blarney branch) to Donoughmore.
The line was opened in 1893. It was legally
a separate company (the Donoughmore Extension Light Railway
Company, incorporated in 1889) but always worked as an integral
part of the Cork and Muskerry Light Railway.
The line was comparatively unaffected by World War I
, but experienced serious damage
during the Irish Civil War
1922-23. The destruction of a bridge over the River Lee seriously
undermined the railway's viability; the railway was repaired and
incoporated into Great
Road competition started to seriously affect the railway in the
1920s. The railway closed on 29 December 1934.