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Monday 28 July 2014

Divers bid to solve railway mystery

BILL BROWNE

Published 30/05/2013|05:26

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Blackwater Sub Aqua divers with the parts of the railway carriage discovered in the river beneath the Carrigabrick Viaduct, Fermoy.

DIVERS in Fermoy have once again taken to the River Blackwater in order to solve an intriguing mystery surrounding a railway carriage found on the river bed.

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A number of months ago members of the Blackwater Sub Aqua Club found the remains of a railway cart in the river under the old Fermoy Viaduct.

The viaduct had formerly been used as a crossing point for trains over the river prior to the closure of the Fermoy to Mallow railway line in 1967.

An axle from the carriage, along with a headstone found nearby in the Fermoy Weir are now being incorporated into a memorial wall currently under construction outside the club's clubhouse on the Rathealy Road.

Club spokesman Timmy Carey said the wall is on schedule to be completed over the coming weeks.

"The wall will improve access to the river for our boats as well as enhancing one of the key approach routes into the town," said Timmy.

"Just as importantly, it will stand as an important reminder of the town's heritage and its links to the golden era of Irish rail travel," he added.

With the recent good weather improving diving conditions along the River Blackwater, members of the club have again taken to the water in a bid to solve the mystery surrounding the railway carriage.

"With visibility underwater the best it has been for the past six months, members have been diving under the viaduct to see if there were any more remnants of the carriage left," said Timmy.

"We are hoping that this might help find out exactly what kind of a carriage it was. We are also hoping to solve the mystery of how it got there," he added.

These dives had involved photographing, videoing and sketching all the man-made items the divers find on the riverbed.

All of the data collected will then be sent to experts in antique railway systems in the hope that they will be able to shed some light on the mystery.

"Hopefully we will be able to solve this mystery over the coming weeks," said Timmy.

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