Welcome to the Tralee and Blennerville Steam Railway group website, which hopes to revive interest and reopen the 3km section of railway from Ballyard, Tralee, Co. Kerry to Blennerville, Tralee, Co. Kerry. (photo on left (C) Ted Polet: other images available at http://www.narrowgauge.nl/site/english/start-e.htm)
The steam railway operated along a short stretch of the former Tralee and Dingle Light Railway (1891-1953) which formerly operated the 31 miles between Tralee and Dingle along with a 6 mile branch to Castlegregory, County Kerry.
The Tralee and Dingle Railway was probably one of the most famous in these islands, as many photographers came to see the little locomotives struggle up the scenic but steep inclines westwards to Dingle.
The steam railway has the last remaining Tralee & Dingle Railway locomotive number 5T in store. This locomotive once worked heavy cattle trains up the steep inclines and gradients along 'the dingle' railway. (If you wish to find out more about the history of the Tralee and Dingle Light Railway 1891-1953 please visit the fan site : http://www.tdlr.info/home)
Two European metre gauge coaches were regauged and are currently in poor condition. There are fantastic views of the Slieve Mish mountain range (as seen above), along with superb views of the Lee Valley nature zone.
The steam railway is ideally located, being a ten minute walk from Tralee town centre, a half an hours drive from Killarney, and 40 minutes drive from Dingle.
The railway has had no services since 2006, as the only locomotive on site requires a new boiler, It is hoped that the Tralee and Blennerville Steam Railway Group can assist in reopening the railway in partnership with the local council in the not too far distant future.
Currently we are busy setting up our own internal systems and are preparing to make public an executive summary of our lengthy planning and consultations with the relevant stakeholders. In the meantime click on the link below to view our Facebook group page, and add feedback!