The last steam train engine built at the Inchicore rail works is donated to the Belfast Transport Museum.
The Maedb was one of three locomotives built in Dublin in 1939, the last to be built in the Inchicore CIE Works. The engine worked mostly on the Dublin Cork railway line.
Speaking to RTÉ News, a CIE official describes 'Maedb' as,
One of the most powerful steam locomotives built in the British Isles.
Maedb has three driving wheels weighing twenty one tonnes each.
She's a wonderful sight to see at full speed.
While sentimental about the passing of the steam engine he explains that the reason for the switch from coal to diesel was purely economic. CIE saved one million pounds alone from changing from diesel to coal.
The Maedb locomotive will now be towed to Belfast to her new home.
An official from the Belfast museum expresses his delight in accepting the Maedb which will be given an honoured place in Belfast Corporation Transport Museum which he describes as,
One of the finest museums and exhibits in Western Europe.
Maedb will be put on display under cover of the museum for visitors to see.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 24 February 1964. The reporter is Kevin O’Kelly.