The Story of the Drumm Battery

Published in 20th Century Social Perspectives, 20th-century / Contemporary History, Issue 3 (Autumn 1995), News, Volume 3

At the end of June The Story of the Drumm Battery was launched at a function in the Harbour Bar, Bray. The booklet was written by Brian P. Hogan from Enniskerry, County Wicklow, one of the few surviving members of the team led by Dr. Drum which developed the unique industrial-sized rechargeable batteries which were installed in four specially purpose built railcar sets which were used on the Dublin-Bray suburban service and were the mainstay of this service during the Emergency when coal for steam locomotives was extremely scarce or non existent.
In this limited edition publication, Mr Hogan gives a valuable insight into the work carried out by Dr. Drumm and his team as well as giving a brief history of the railcar units themselves. In 1949 work on the Drumm battery trains was suspended and the railcars were eventually scrapped in the late 1950’s. Copies of this unique publication are available by post from Rick Cox, 10 Corbawn Court, Shankill, Dublin 18, price £4.


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