Drawbridge level crosing on the Listowel &
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Drawbridge level crosing on the Listowel & Ballybunion Railway, County Kerry, Ireland, c 1900. The Listowel & Ballybunion operated a unique 9.25 mile long monorail system, designed by French engineer Francois Lartigue, which opened in 1888. Traffic crosed the line on a drawbridge that rested on top of the rails. Technical problems, lower than expected traffic and sabotage during Ireland's civil war meant that the railway was uneconomic and it closed in 1924. Photograph by Dr Tice F Budden.