Bray Daly railway station

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Bray Daly Iarnród Éireann
Bré Uí Dhálaigh
IMG BrayStation5396.jpg
Bray Daly railway station
Location
Place Bray
Local authority County Wicklow
Operations
Station code 140
Platforms in use 3 (2 in regular use)
History
July 10, 1854 Opened, as Bray
July 14, 1924 Renamed Bri Chualann (Bray)
c.1930 Renamed Bray
April 10, 1966 Renamed Bray Daly
December 2, 1974 Closes to goods traffic
Iarnród Éireann - Ireland railway stations
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Mural in Bray Daly Station
A panel representing every decade
Distinctive outline of Bray Head in the background

Bray Daly railway station (Stáisiún Bhré / Uí Dhálaigh in Irish) is a station situated in Bray in County Wicklow, Ireland. It is located adjacent to Bray seafront and is 600m from Bray Main Street via Florence Road or Quinsborough Road.

Routes[edit]

DART[edit]

From the inception of the Dublin Area Rapid Transit (DART) service until its extension to Greystones in 2000, Bray Daly was the terminus, with a large number of sidings just south of the station for stabling trains. Although some DARTs now continue southwards to Greystones, the majority still terminate in Bray. Northbound DART services towards Howth and Malahide usually start from Bray, with some from Greystones. From Bray southbound the line becomes single track.

Other services[edit]

Bray is on the Dublin-Rosslare and Dundalk-Dublin-Arklow routes, and all trains on these routes stop here. They often run non-stop between Bray and Dublin Connolly railway station, and freight and maintenance trains pass through Bray without stopping. Between the 1984 inauguration of DART and November 1990, a diesel shuttle train (initially a 201 class or 121 class locomotive with former AEC railcars converted to push–pull stock, later an 80 class train leased from Northern Ireland Railways) operated between Bray and Greystones, connecting with DART services.[1] A similar service using a steam railmotor had operated briefly between 1906 and 1908.[2]

Preceding station Iarnród Éireann Iarnród Éireann Following station
Dún Laoghaire
Mallin
  Intercity
Dublin-Rosslare railway line
  Greystones
  Commuter
South Eastern Commuter
 
Shankill   DART
Trans-Dublin
  Greystones
Luas Luas
  Future  
Ravenswell   Green Line   Terminus
Disused railways
Shankill   Dublin and South Eastern Railway
Dublin-Rosslare
  Bray Cove Halt

Station Building[edit]

The station houses a bar (closed), shop, coffee stall, ticket office, ATM machine and unheated public toilets. There is a staff room for drivers. Sheltered bicycle parking is located inside the station. Disabled access to platform 2 on the east side of the station is through a new gate on that side, but lifts are also provided on the footbridge.

The redevelopment that saw the installation of these lifts was part of Iarnród Éireann's Dart Upgrade project to improve stations and facilities on the DART line. In addition to the lifts, the distinctive pyramid-style glass roof over platform 2 was renovated, as was the main station building.

The station was opened on 10 July 1854 [3] following the extension of the railway line south from Dalkey.

It was given the name Daly on 10 April 1966, 50 years after the Easter Rising, when Córas Iompair Éireann renamed 15 major stations after Republican leaders. It is named in honour of Edward Daly, a leader in the 1916 Easter Rising.

Platforms[edit]

The station has two main platforms; platform 1 on the west side of the station near the main entrance, and platform 2 over the footbridge on the east side of the station. Although platform 1 is generally used for northbound services and platform 2 for southbound services and terminating trains, the roles are frequently reversed so as to accommodate as many services as possible. Platform 3, the platform formerly used for the Greystones diesel shuttle, is very seldom used as it has no northbound capacity - it ends directly south of the station building. It is used for cleaning trains and occasionally for DART services to and from Greystones.

Picture Series[edit]

One of the more distinctive elements of Bray Daly station is the series of paintings on platform 2. Beginning with a painting of the opening ceremony in 1852, the series runs along the length of the platform, documenting both Irish history and Irish railway history up to the present day. Various carriages, locomotives and characters can be seen in the pictures, including British soldiers in 1916, James Joyce in the 1940s, and a hippy couple in the 1960s. Many of these panels were in need of repair as lime was seeping through the plaster. In 2008 the original artist began a mosaic replacement programme for the mural.

Road transport services[edit]

Directly outside the station are bus stops for Dublin Bus routes 45A, 84, 184 and 185, connecting Bray to Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Blackrock, Enniskerry, Greystones and North Wicklow. The high-frequency 145 bus service from Kilmacanogue to Heuston Station (via Bray) no longer serves the station, with the nearest stop located 600m from the station on Bray Main Street. The station is also served by the Finnegan Bray local bus services on routes to Bray Southern Cross and Sandyford Luas (Route 111). There is a busy taxi rank outside the station, and a large car park adjacent to the station, and a pickup lane for collecting passengers by car. A tiny Chinatown adjoins the station in Albert Walk with restaurants, groceries and other shops.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whistler, A.J. (January 1995). "Greystones Shuttle". Journal of the Irish Railway Record Society 19 (127): 54–67. 
  2. ^ Collins, Michael (June 2008). "Irish steam rail-motors and railcars". Journal of the Irish Railway Record Society 23 (166): 272–91. 
  3. ^ "Wellingtonbridge station". Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2008-04-22. 

Coordinates: 53°12′15″N 6°6′1″W / 53.20417°N 6.10028°W / 53.20417; -6.10028