At a glance:
|Builder:||Great Southern & Western Railway (Inchicore Works)|
|Original company:||Great Southern Railways|
|Final company:||Córas Iompair Éireann|
|Arrived at DCDR:||2005|
Like many of our other carriages, 1097 entered departmental service with CIÉ as staff accommodation 605a following withdrawal from passenger use. It was later preserved by the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland in the 1980s and was restored for use on their mainline steam trains. 1097 operated on these continuously before it was transported to DCDR in 2005 following the banning of wooden-bodied carriages on the mainline network in Northern Ireland in 2004. After a decade in service at Downpatrick, the carriage has been temporarily withdrawn from passenger traffic until we can get round to carrying out some minor restoration work.