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Guinness Brewery Dublin - Tramways (overlay)

Arthur Guinness Son & Co., founded 1756, produces a dark stout beer (a type of porter), known widely as Guinness. The first use of the word stout about beer was the Stout-Porter brewed by Guinness of Ireland in 1820, although Guinness had been brewing porters and ales since 1759, initially in Leixlip, but later at the St. James's Gate Brewery, Dublin, Ireland since 1759, when Arthur Guinness signed a 9,000 year lease at ú45 per annum. With the acquisition of land between the existing brewery and the River Liffey in the Victorian era, further expansion was able to tale place and as this land was situated near the Kingsbridge railway terminus (now Euston Station), a direct connection with the Irish railway network was possible, with barges working to and from a quay on the Liffey. The solution to the additional transport required within the brewery lay in the construction of a narrow gauge railway network serving the entire brewery.