The Dalkey Atmospheric Railway (March 29, 1844 - April 12, 1854) was an extension of the Dublin and Kingstown Railway to Atmospheric Rd. Events 1461 - Wars of the Roses: Battle of Towton - Edward of York defeats Queen Margaret to become King Year 1844 ( MDCCCXLIV) was a Leap year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian Calendar (or a Leap year Events 467 - Anthemius is elevated to Emperor of the Western Roman Empire. Year 1854 ( MDCCCLIV) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian Calendar (or a Common year The Dublin and Kingstown Railway (D&KR which opened in 1834, was Ireland ’s first railway in Dalkey. Dalkey ( is a village located in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County, Ireland. It used part of the earlier Dalkey Quarry industrial tramway earlier used for the construction of Kingstown Harbour. Dalkey Quarry is a disused Granite Quarry located in the Dublin suburb of Dalkey. Dún Laoghaire (in Irish d̪ˠuːn̪ˠ ˈɫeːrʲə sometimes spelled Dún Laoire; Anglicised as Dunleary, dʌn ˈlɪəri is a suburban It was both the first and the longest opening railway of its type in the world.
The standard gauge line was 1¾ miles in length with an average uphill gradient of about 1 in 110. The standard gauge (also named the Stephenson gauge after George Stephenson, or Normal gauge) is a widely-used Rail gauge. Vacuum power via a 15-inch (380 mm) pipe was used for the ascent to Dalkey, speeds of up to 40 mph (64 km/h) being achieved, and the return journey was by means of gravity.
William Dargan was the contractor and Charles Vignoles the engineer. William Dargan (1799-1867 an Engineer, often seen as the father of Irish railways came from County Laois, Ireland. Charles Blacker Vignoles ( 31 May 1793 &ndash 17 November 1875) was an influential early Railway engineer and eponym of the After closure, the line was converted to the Irish gauge of 5 feet 3 inches (or 1600 mm). The path of the line now forms part of the DART route. The Dublin Area Rapid Transit ( DART) is part of the suburban railway network in Ireland, running mainly along the coastline of Dublin Bay on