- Title - (2 Maps) Outline Plan of Dublin exhibiting the course of the proposed Railway Colonnade Through the City for connecting the General Terminus of the Railways from the South and South Western Districts with Kingstown harbour / A Design for the Railway Colannade Along the Quays of Dublin
- Cartographer - Charles Vignoles
- Date - 1837
- Size - 900mm x 445mm (about 36'' x 18'')
- Condition - Large maps, stored and folded within an atlas. These were the last pages in the atlas so some browning along the centrefold is inevitable. The detail on both items is still however quite sharp. Original handcolouring on map. The Colonnade Design plan is uncoloured, offsetting and browning, but overall Fair to Good. Rare original matching set of Dublin railway maps. Would frame up well.
Important Original Set of Dublin Railway Plans
Two rare items, originally included in the report "Plans of the Several Lines of Railway in Ireland. Laid Out Under the Direction of the Commissioners. Part I: Through the South and South Western District, by Charles Vignoles. Part II: Through the North and North Western Districts, by John MacNeill, 1837. "Presented to Both Houses of Parliament by Command of Her Majesty".
CHARLES BLACKER VIGNOLES, born in County Wexford, was an influential early railway engineer. Amongst his many achievements he was responsible for the design and supervision of the construction of the first passenger railway in Ireland (the Dublin & Kingstown Railway) for William Dargan, and other numerous railways in Europe and South America. He also constructed a large suspension bridge over the River Vistula at Kiev in Russia.
He also carried out surveys and produced an account of the Dominion of Florida which was accompanied by a highly acclaimed map. In Ireland however, he will be remembered for his work with the Dublin to Kingstown Railway, and for his work during the period 1836 to 1838, when he served as engineer to the royal commission on railways in Ireland.
These two maps were completed during his work on that project. Most of the railways surveyed and planned during this time were completed, again primarily by the great William Dargan. But as can be seen from the plans on offer, some of the proposals were not followed up. These were to prove a little too ambitious for Ireland at a time, barely 7 years before the social, cultural and business climate of the country was upturned by the Great Famine.
With these maps there will always be a certain element of "What If", especially now that the plans to connect the two lines are finally being revisited via a proposed Heuston to Connolly tunnel link. The latest proposals are being branded "DART Underground" and will see a line going from the docklands, via Pearce St, Stephen's Green, Christchurch and then on to Heuston.
Rare Original Dublin Railway Maps
Reference : Bonar Law - Dub.M&P.Vol.2-Pg.285,NoG69 and Vol.1-Pg.165.No.4.231
Item ID: 15813-0
: €2,550.00 (€2,630.33 Inc. VAT)