Ireland by Rail
A photographic compilation from the mid 1980's

We begin at Rosslare on a murky morning with Dublin coaches at the main platform on the harbour wall

And the two locos waiting by the signal box

There is another station in Rosslare, Rosslare Strand as here the daily train to Limerick takes the token for the line to Waterford, a great ride and a lovely route

Travelling the main line north to Dublin we reach Gorey

Then Arklow, with a view of a south bound train from Arklow belltower

Bray Head next, here on the train from Rosslare

And here from the Greystones shuttle

The Greystones shuttle arrives at Bray, a last outpost of the Dublin push pull sets

Trailer cars are de-engined AEC railcars that now control the loco at the other end.
Greystones passengers for Dublin must currently change at Bray

Dublin Heuston now with passengers queuing for the Waterford line

Waterford trains branch off the Cork main line at Kildare and here two Dublin Waterford trains pass at Carlow

At Kilkenny trains need to reverse as General Motors loco 075 runs round with the distinctive tower of St Canice's Cathedral in the background

Thomastown is next and this is the view on departure

This arrival into Waterford shot is actually taken from the Rosslare line

But, however one arrives, Waterford station is unmistakeable

And even includes, on 28th May 1985, a beer train as empty barrels wait to go home

Limerick Juntion. Here trains from Rosslare and Waterford cross the Dublin Cork main line on the level before reversing back into Limerick Junction station

There is a second route to the Dublin Cork main line from Limerick's, the line to Ballybrophy, and here Metropolitan Vickers 033 awaits departure

Ballybrophy now with 033 in the bay as a connecting train for Dublin arrives

Southwards from Limerick Junction the next station is Charleville

Then comes Mallow where the line to Tralee branches off

And this is departing Rathmore for Tralee

We have reached Cork and this is Cork station from the east on the interesting local route to Cobh

A line that crosses the Lee Estuary to Great Island

This is Cobh, once the legendary port of Queenstown

Galway now, early on a Sunday morning, with the night mail via Mullingar stabled at the platform

All locomotives on Galway shed have been left with their engines running all night

Returning towards Dublin we reach Athlone and change for the Westport line

Claremorris with a train arriving from Dublin and Athlone and the little used Athenry line to the right

Former lines to Sligo and Ballinrobe have closed but Claremorris's station layout still remains intact

And Claremorris signal box, pictured on 30th May 1985, remains impressive

The Ballina train arrives. In the background are carriage sidings to the left and the steelwork of the yard crane to the right

Detail of Claremorris carriage sidings

And detail of the yard crane as containers from the daily liner train are unloaded

Detail also of Claremorris turntable with a light engine from Westport arriving

In the cab of 057 on the Ballina branch

This is a sparsely populated area but the driver was surprisingly busy throughout waving at everybody he saw!

Arriving in Ballina, impressive with freight

We return to Claremorris in what the driver called "the yoke"

Great to be in a compartment too, one of maybe four, as we pass peat cutters at work in their diggings

Back to Dublin now, joining the Cork main line at Portarlington

From Dublin we take the Sligo train which follows the line of the Royal Canal for many miles

Lough Owel, just past Mullingar

Sligo trains passing at Mostrim, now known as Edgeworthstown


Then Sligo, a very attractive station

And an interesting end of the line

Returning to Dublin we now travel our final line along the east coast towards Belfast and Northern Ireland

With excellent views of Drogheda from the bridge over the Boyne

We reach Dundalk
This is the south end of the station with a Dundalk to Dublin stopping service on platform

Dundalk north end looks very different
It is 27th May 1985 and the border fence is on the right as a Belfast to Dublin train arrives

Newry is the first station the Northern Ireland side and here the border fencing is a little more substantial

Lisburn station as Belfast nears

Belfast Central

And a second Belfast view

And finally, three views of the Northern Ireland local services, firstly at Whitehead

And then at well known Castlerock, Coleraine

Where, amongst the sheep and the beach, we bring this visit to Ireland to a close

1985 system map

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