The Baltimore branch (1893): Lackaghane trackbed and ganger’s shelter

In the rocky outcrops of the townland of Lackaghane, near Baltimore, there is a stone-built hut or shelter adjacent to the old railway line. It has an arched stone roof and two doorways, with dividing walls inside. All in all it is a very small structure, but 2-3 people could squeeze into it if there ever was a need. I believe it was a ‘ganger’s hut’, a shelter for those workers who maintained the railway, but I am open to other suggestions. It appears on the c. 1900 maps and is also visible below (just about) in a 1961 film shot a few days before the railway closed. Also below are some photos, new and old, of the view out to the sea from Lackaghane.

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