M4512 : Special train at Ardrahan

near to Ardrahan, Laban and Owenbristy, Galway, Ireland

Special train at Ardrahan
Special train at Ardrahan
Until the Ennis - Athenry line reopened on 11 November 2002, passenger trains were infrequent after 1976 and usually comprised pilgrimage specials to Claremorris for the shrine at Knock. Irish Rail diesel locomotives 147 & 175 approach the site of Ardrahan station with the 08.50 Limerick - Claremorris passenger special.
The Collooney to Limerick Railway Line – The Burma Road :: G5419
Covering some 139 miles in remote western Ireland, the first section of the Burma Road opened between Limerick and Ennis in 1859. It reached Athenry in 1869, where it joined the Athenry & Tuam Railway (opened 1860), extended to Claremorris in 1894 and Collooney Junction (with running powers to Sligo) in 1895. Coming under the control of the Waterford Limerick & Western Railway, the line was absorbed into the Great Southern & Western Railway in 1901 and became part of the Great Southern Railways in 1924, with ownership transferring to Cόras Iompair Éireann (CIÉ) in 1945. Known as the Burma Road due to the high number of level crossings, passenger services ceased between Collooney and Claremorris in 1963 and between Claremorris and Ennis in 1976, although passengers returned to Ennis – Athenry on 29 March 2010. Freight services were withdrawn between Collooney Junction and Claremorris on 3 November 1975 and between Claremorris and Ennis on 11 November 2002. Although there is pressure to reopen the line between Athenry and Collooney, this quintessential Irish branch line will continue to slumber in the current economic climate.
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1991
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Geograph (Second Visitor for M4512)
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Date Taken
Sunday, 8 September, 1991   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 8 September, 2012
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Lowlands  Village, Rural settlement  Business, Retail, Services  Railways  People, Events 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! M 457 123 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:9.5499N 8:48.6779W
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Irish: geotagged! M 457 123
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