Tag Archives: Listowel

Lartigue in motion

I’ve just noticed a 3½-minute video of the original Lartigue on the British Pathé website. Here is my page about the modern recreation, which is well worth a visit. The other monorail by the Shannon River is covered here.

Ballylongford man’s posthumous honour

Herbert Kitchener, born in Ballylongford near Saleen in 1850, shortly after the Shannon Commissioners completed their work, is to appear on a new UK £2 coin.


I’ve just changed the link on my Lartigue Monorail website to link to their new, more elegant web pages rather than the old. I’m giving both here just in case the new changes to the old …. Well worth visiting, the Lartigue.

The Lartigue: the Listowel & Ballybunion Railway

The Listowel & Ballybunion Railway operated between 1888 and 1924, using perhaps the most eccentric railway technology ever invented: the monorail developed by Charles Lartigue.

Very little original material was left after the railway closed, but a short section of railway has been recreated in the town of Listowel, Co Kerry, with a single locomotive (now diesel rather than steam) and two carriages. However, it shows the more exciting features of the original: the ingenious turntables and switches. There is also a small display of models, photographs and artefacts, and a showing of three short films, with some original newsreel footage of the railway in operation. The volunteer staff are knowledgeable and happy to chat and, all in all, it makes for a very entertaining few hours for anyone interested in transport or engineering.

Listowel is close to Ballybunion on the south side of the Shannon Estuary; anyone visiting the industrial heritage artefacts of the Lower Shannon Industrial Heritage Park could easily build in a visit to the Lartigue – and then take the ferry from Tarbert to Killimer and visit the West Clare Railway.

Read about the Lartigue here.