Waterford & Tramore Railway --: Developments.
In 1925 the railway line was taken over by the Great Southern Railway and new schemes were examined for its development. Suggestions to electrify the line were considered but were abandoned due to cost. Another suggestion was that the line should be taken up and a new bus service be established. Another suggestion was that a tunnel should be run under Ballybricken Hill in Waterford to link up with the main railway station in Waterford. A loopline was also proposed halfway between Waterford and Tramore, which would allow two trains to leave Tramore and Waterford at the same times and pass each other at the loop point. None of these schemes came to anything but the retrain service had to contend with a new rival means of transport, a bus service been launched by Waterford businessmen, known locally as the "Nomad Buses".
The bus service to Tramore
was seven pence. This bus service came to a sudden stop when the train company put on a
special train in opposition to the bus for four pence. The Railway Company bought out the
Bus Company and the Nomad Bus Company was closed down. The train service would continue
for many years to come yet, but it was not the last we would hear of a rival bus service.