West Carberry Tramways and Light Railways Company (Schull and Skibbereen Tramways and Light Railway)



Owner West Carberry Tramways and Light Railways Company Limited
Opened
1886 (steam)
Operator West Carberry Tramways and Light Railways Company Limited
Name changed 1892 (Schull and Skibbereen Tramways and Light Railway Company Limited)
Taken over 1925 (Great Southern Railways)
Closed January 1947
Length 15.5 miles
Gauge 3ft 0ins

Button description (Pattern 1) Title (‘The West Carberry Tramways and Light Railways Company LIMTD') in circlet surrounding a lighthouse above a pair of hands in a handshake
Materials known Silver plate
Button Line reference [None]

Button description (Pattern 2)
Title ('Great Southern Railways') in circlet, surrounding a shamrock
Materials known Nickel
Button Line reference [114/75A]

Comment Although incorporating 'Tramway' in the company title, and having purchased locomotives equipped for tramway running, the WCT&LR was actually a light railway; It did however have long stretches of line running alongside roads, reminiscent of many bone fide tramway systems.

It is presumed that staff were issued with standard Great Southern Railways buttons following the absorption of the Schull and Skibbereen in 1924.