1905. Cork Junction Railway Bill.  Requisition to the Right Honourable The Earl of Bandon K.P., to Call a meeting for the purpose of Approving the Cork Junctions Railway Bill.

The West Cork railway system waqs centred on the Cork Bandon and South Coast railway in Albert Quay Cork. An unconnected narrows gauge line connected Skibbereen to Schull. The system was extensive and not connected to the Iris rail System. The purpose of the Bill was to link both systems over two bridges over the River lee. Even the the West Cork system close c 1959 the connection was extensively used Adan the West Cork yards were used for the likes of fertiliser storage.

Most of the leading figures in West Cork are listed, political business and professional.

1951 Walter McGrath railway historian in the development of the system:


1849.  Commencement of Cork Bandon Railway with The Bandon-Ballinhassig stretch operations with two engines, Rith Tinneadh (Speeding Fire) and Sighe Goithe (Whirlwind)



1877 the Cork Examiner report July 1877 of the opening of the Skibbereen railway reported that it was financed by a Cork Grand Jury Baronial advance of £53,000 at 5%, a Treasury loan of £40,000 and that a significant proportion of that  was expended on the Parliamentary process to enable an authorising Act in London.  The solicitors involved in London,  Norton Rose still extant.


1845 Lord Bandon Calling on British Prime Minister, Sir Robert Peel, at Downing St., London to Fix Bantry as Packet Station for America and the West Indies. 1845 Abandonment of Plan to Bring Railway to Berehaven.