Dunluce Castle, Giant's Causeway, Co. Antrim

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Where: Northern Ireland, Coleraine, United Kingdom

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We are somewhat regular visitors to Antrim's Causeway Coast, but had not visited Dunluce Castle before. As BeachcomberAustralia points-out, we've ridden the Giant's Causeway Tramway before - the "third rail" of which we see here. It is this third rail that helps date the image in fact, as beachcomberaustralia tells us that it was replaced with overhead wires in 1899. A move that is perhaps unsurprising given the danger it posed - electrocuting at least one unfortunate visitor....

Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1865-1914. Though likely before c.1899 (tramway rail replaced)

NLI Ref: L_CAB_05555

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    • 06/Sep/2017 07:48:17

    aha ! a familiar stomping ground good to see it in all its older BW glory

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    • 06/Sep/2017 07:54:07

    Unusual metal guard rail at bottom - is it something to do with a tramway? Sometimes Flickr is amazing - https://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/4427441460/ And in May 2017 https://www.flickr.com/photos/msikkens/34192679124/

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    • 06/Sep/2017 08:02:05

    Aha! The tram - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Dunluce_Castle_%26_Giant%27s_C... From en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant%27s_Causeway_Tramway Edit - "...electric power ... ... was originally fed to the trains via an elevated third rail which ran alongside the line ... " Edit 2 - "The section from Bushmills to the Giant's Causeway opened on 1 July 1887. In 1895 a cyclist died of electric shock after coming into contact with the conductor rail. At the subsequent inquiry it was revealed that the line voltage varied from an average of 290 V up to 360 V, and the company agreed to a temporary reduction in the voltage, which limited the number of services that could be electrically worked. The third rail was replaced by overhead electric wire using side poles from 26 July 1899, apparently initially at 250 V."

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    • 06/Sep/2017 08:13:09

    Help! - I can't find the original of the tram version of this pic (see wiki link above) in the NLI catalogue .... please!

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    • 06/Sep/2017 08:27:05

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] Here you go!

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    • 06/Sep/2017 08:32:00

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet Thank you! Must be a different day - look at that wonky fence ... Edit - No, it is the same day, they were repairing the white fence, and the other photo is from a different PoV to the left.

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    • 06/Sep/2017 09:38:13

    We have had a ride on the tramway before, and concluded 1888 https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/5730438737/

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    • 06/Sep/2017 12:52:25

    That's a very beautiful and impressive ruin. And all the more impressive with the additional information. It's amazing.

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    O Mac

    • 06/Sep/2017 21:29:07

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] It can be seen in this Mason shot of the electric tram how the current was picked up from that 3rd rail that ran along the ditch. It must have been fun bringing the kids for a walk along that road. catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000541018

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    • 06/Sep/2017 22:17:50

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/91549360@N03] Toasted kids - yum! Full gory details of the cyclist accident in 1895 - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/238550364 Via Trove more interesting technical details - 1883 - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/149499782 1891 - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/73243170 And we have hardly mentioned the Castle - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunluce_Castle Streetview is quite good, but Flickr doesn't like my links ...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 07/Sep/2017 19:36:12

    Thanks all - especially https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia for the extra input (and useful dating information). Have updated the description/etc!

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    G.I N.I

    • 08/Sep/2017 17:44:30

    Forever being the photo opportunity: www.flickr.com/photos/usani4245/11341530084/

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    • 10/Sep/2017 12:16:12

    We used to drive past there many times on a trip around the Antrim Coast Road or on the way to Ballycastle, but sadly never stopped to explore. I remember a story about part of the castle falling into the sea, helped by a barrel of gunpowder and conveniently disposing of some enemies of the occupants. It's a very hazy memory and I've now discovered it's just a local legend, very much embroidered of a natural collapse of the kitchen into the sea. Some very interesting facts about the castle are here www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/environment/50-things-you...

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    • 10/Sep/2017 21:13:42

    No. 50 from link above, an 1872 limerick by Edward Lear ...

    There was an old man of Dunluce, Who went out to sea on a goose: When he’d gone out a mile, He observ'd with a smile, "It is time to return to Dunluce."
    And with illustration - www.kilbowiepark.co.uk/images/621/621-76014.jpg