'Vauxhall' steam locomotive, 1834.
© NRM / Pictorial Collection / Science & Society Picture Library
Coloured drawing (scale 1:8) showing the Dublin & Kingstown Railway locomotive 'Vauxhall'. In 1831 an Act of Parliament was pased enabling the formation of a railway company in Ireland to link the port of Dublin with Kingstown (Dun Laoghaire). The line was opened in 1834, with the first trial of the steam engine Vauxhall, hauling a small train filled with pasengers, undertaken between Dublin and the Martello tower in Kingstown, in October of that year. The trial was a great succes, with the locomotive reaching a speed of around 31 mph.