Wickham Railcar 713

At a glance:

Builder:Wickham
Build date:1962
Original company:Coras Iompair Éireann
Withdrawal date:1999
Final company:Iarnród Éireann
Arrived at DCDR:1999
Current status:Under restoration
Current owner:DCDR

713 is one of five inspection trolleys built in 1962 for CIÉ by Wickham of Ware. Designed to the Type 40 MkIIZ specification, it was equipped with a Ford Zephyr engine, and was used by CIÉ track gangs on inspections of the permanent way. 713 was withdrawn in 1999 and preserved privately by a DCDR member the same year.

Nicknamed ‘Rosie’, 713 has been the subject of a long-running restoration since its arrival, being carried almost exclusively by its owner when and as he could get the time. Unfortunately he passed away before he could complete the work, and Rosie was left to DCDR. Another of our volunteers has since taken it under his wing, and the restoration work is still being carried out as time permits- Hopefully it will run again some time in the near future.