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In the early 1950s, under CIÉ management, the West Clare Railway became a pioneer in the use of diesel traction. Passenger services were largely operated by four new articulated diesel railcars, built by Walker Brothers of Wigan, England (almost identical to units built for the County Donegal Railways). These were followed by three diesel locomotives (also built by Walkers). The use of diesel traction reduced operating costs, yet the investment in new rolling stock would largely be wasted by the early closure of the line.


Number Type Built Notes
Diesel railcar Walker Brothers
Diesel railcar Walker Brothers
Diesel railcar Walker Brothers
Diesel railcar Walker Brothers
F501 107bhp diesel locomotive 1955 Walker Brothers
F502 107bhp diesel locomotive 1955 Walker Brothers
F503 107bhp diesel locomotive 1955 Walker Brothers

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