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Welcome to Lartigue Monorail

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We hope you will visit us

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You are invited to be part of history


The Listowel-Ballybunion Railway opened on 1st March 1888. It ran the ten miles between the two towns and was remarkable as the only railway of its type in the world. How two small towns in the south west of Ireland came to be linked by the world's first commercial passenger-carrying monorail is a fascinating story.

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— The original Lartigue Monorail on one of its lengthy journeys.

You are invited to be part of history and experience a unique mode of transport at the Lartigue Monorail and Museum

Charles Lartigue

The monorail employed on the Listowel-Ballybunion line was invented and developed by a French Engineer named Charles Lartigue, hence the name Lartigue Monorailway by which the line was best known


In 1886 Lartigue brought a length of his line to an exhibition in London, in the hope of selling his idea as a viable railway option. Coincidentally, at this time the populace of North Kerry were lobbying for the railway system to be extended to include a link between Listowel and Ballybunion.


Below are some photos of the original and restored Lartigue Monorail. Click on the photos below to see a larger image…

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2024 Operating Schedule

Saturday March 30th
Sunday March 31th
Monday April 1st

Wednesday May 1st 2024 to Monday September 30th
Open daily 1pm to 4.30pm!

The Lartigue Monorail gratefully acknowledge the financial assistance recieved from Kerry county council under the Community Support Fund 2024.

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