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Welcome to the official website of the Irish Traction Group.

We cater specifically for the heritage diesel enthusiast, providing up to date news of events, stock movements, and information about our own operations and preservation work, via the Group’s quarterly journal, The Irish Mail.

This site is the online repository for information regarding withdrawn diesel traction from across the island, primarily those locomotives owned by the ITG. If you have any information you feel could be of interest, regardless of how trivial you think it is, the ITG would be delighted to hear from you. We welcome photographic submissions, especially of our locos in traffic, but anything relating to Irish traction, past or present, is very much appreciated.  Please use the contact page to make submissions or suggestions.

The Irish Traction Group has the largest collection of privately owned diesel locomotives in Ireland. At present, our four operational locos see regular use at the Downpatrick and County Down Railway, with a fifth currently undergoing work to return it to working order.  Four are at our permanent restoration base at Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary, and the remainder are stored at the West Clare Railway, Moyasta, Co Clare.

The Irish Traction Group is a registered charity and relies on members and donors to fund the maintenance of our operational locos and other ongoing restoration work.  All the work is carried out by a small, dedicated team of volunteers who share a passion for Irish diesel locomotives. We are always keen to welcome new volunteers, however, If volunteering is not for you, there are still a number of ways in which you can help us, donating on this site (securely via Paypal), becoming a member, or by utilising our easyfundraising page, which provides a quick and easy way to contribute, simply by doing your shopping online with hundreds of well-known retailers.  See the Get Involved page for full details.

We hope you find this site informative and useful and most importantly, thank you for visiting.

The Irish Traction Group is a registered charity in England & Wales, registered number 1000382.

Registered address: 31 Hayfield Road, Bredbury, Stockport, Cheshire, SK6 1DE


18 July 2016 - new video of 226 startup. A39r page updated.

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