Attempt to build railway tunnel between Scotland and Ireland discovered
A railroad historian has discovered an attempt to build a railway tunnel between Ireland and Scotland under the North Sea dating to the 1890s.
The tunnel would have been 20 miles long and was proposed by a well-known engineer in 1890.
The plans are revealed in a new book “Mapping the Railways" by David Spaven.
Spaven is a railroad expert having worked for worked British Rail for 18 years.
The undersea rail link was proposed by well-respected engineer Luke Livingston Macassey.
Spaven told the BBC: "One of the big surprises was a prospectus for a tunnel under the North Channel between Stranraer and Belfast.
"At first I thought it was a Victorian spoof, but through more research I found the person behind the idea was a competent and well regarded engineer."
The plan was for a rail link using either a tunnel, a submerged "tubular bridge" or a solid causeway.
The engineer at the time stated that the rail connection would greatly increase traffic between Scotland and Ireland and would also help people avoid "the horrors of 20 miles in rough seas".
Spaven said: "There was a short window of opportunity for these railways to be built.”
"After the First World War lorries were more readily available and that closed the window on the light railways."
- Nelson Mandela was against IRA decommissioning.
- Irish students told “No Irish Need Apply”...
- Bill O’Reilly slams Nelson Mandela as an...
- Racist incidents in Ireland up by 85 percent...
- Top ten negative terms used to describe Irish...
- Hollywood star Gabriel Byrne brands new Pope...
- Dubliner found guilty of vicious Temple Bar...
- Unionists regret US envoy Haass’ call for...
- Married priests could well be Pope Francis'...
- Are the Celts one of the ten lost tribes...
You sat back on your effen arses and let the only real leader of Irish men since 1916 starve to death instead you went for the worm Ahern,Cowen &Nelson Mandela was against IRA decommissioning its arms during 2000 talks
We are noy plastic paddy's. WE ARE AMERICANS!! Stabbed in the back by Gerry Adam's backing of the PLO after the well went dry.Unionists regret US envoy Haass’ call for new flag for Northern Ireland (VIDEO)
Gerrymandering has long been a British tool to get their own way,.is dano saying that "gerrymandering" a new border is illegal? Then hes admNelson Mandela was against IRA decommissioning its arms during 2000 talks
Of course I salute Sands.