From a booking clerk to an award-winning Irish railways historian

Published 21/04/2015 | 00:00

onetime Rosslare railwayman, Oliver Doyle delivered a very well receved and meticulously researched presentation on 'The History of Railways in County Wexford' at Wexford Historical Society's monthly meeting last Wednesday.

Oliver joined CIE in June 1962 as a booking clerk at Rosslare Harbour, to become a fourth generation railwayman, and set about writing the history of the railways in Co. Wexford and the Fishguard-Rosslare route as there were people still alive who worked on the construction of the pier.

In 1966 he moved to Dublin working on the computerisation of various railway systems, including signalling and electrical power control for the DART system which opened in 1984.

From 1989 to 2002 he was Manager, Resources & Central Traffic Control, before taking on the role of Operations Schemes Development Manager - co-ordinating the complete renewal of track and signalling on most of the Irish Rail network. In 2013, was awarded the President of the Permanent Way Institution's Prize for the best paper presented to the Institution.

In 1974 Oliver co-authored a book 'Railways in Ireland 1834-1984' with Stephen Hirsch and this was followed by a guide to the railways of Ireland including Northern Ireland.

The two authors also co-authored three editions of 'Rolling Stock of Coras Iompair Eireann & Northern Ireland Railways'.

Oliver retired in 2010 after nearly 48 years service.

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