Dún Laoghaire railway station

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Coordinates: 53°17′42″N 6°08′04″W / 53.2949°N 6.1345°W / 53.2949; -6.1345

Dún Laoghaire Mallin Iarnród Éireann
Stáisiún Dhún Laoghaire/Í Mheallain
Dun Laoghaire railway station in 2008.jpg
Dun Laoghaire railway station in 2008
Location
Place Dun Laoghaire
Local authority Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council
Operations
Station code 131
Platforms in use 3
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Dún Laoghaire Mallin railway station (Irish: Stáisiún Dhún Laoghaire/Í Mheallain) is a station in Dún Laoghaire, Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown, Ireland.

The station has been named Mallin Station since 1966, after Michael Mallin, although it is usually referred to simply as Dún Laoghaire. It has two through platforms and one terminal platform and is served by DART services, the South Eastern Commuter line, and InterCity services to Rosslare Europort via Wexford.

Unusually, the station building is on a bridge above the platforms, in a setup similar to Leixlip Louisa Bridge railway station. The station has a ticket counter, automatic ticket machines and a small coffee shop/smoothie bar.

The station is next to Dún Laoghaire Ferryport, for Stena Line services to Holyhead.

History[edit]

The earlier Kingstown railway station

The station was the southern terminus of the Dublin and Kingstown Railway and opened in 1837.[1] It replaced the original Kingstown Harbour station at the West Pier, close to present-day Salthill and Monkstown railway station, when the line was extended closer to the harbour two years after the opening of the line, the delay being a result of local opposition in Kingstown.[2]

Also called Kingstown Harbour, the new station was renamed Kingstown in 1861, renamed Dún Laoghaire in 1921 and received its present name in 1966.[1]

Although it lay on a double track railway for over ninety years Dun Laoghaire station had only one through platform with a bay platform facing Dublin, both on the seaward side of the station. The station lay on a short section of single line that ran from just north of the station, to just past the junction for the branch to Carlisle Pier, which was controlled by a signal box known as the 'Hole in the Wall Box.' This arrangement created a bottle neck for intensive steam-hauled suburban services to/from Bray. It was not until 1957 that CIE remedied the situation by providing a second through platform. Further improvements were carried out in connection with the introduction of DART electric trains in 1984.

Mileages to Holyhead.

The original station building was replaced in 1854[3] by a new structure in a neo-classical style, designed by John Skipton Mulvany.[2] This was the station building until 1971, when the current arrangement was introduced. Mulvany's building is now Hartley's restaurant.

Stena Line fast ferry departure to Holyhead.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Stephen Johnson (1997). Johnson's Atlas & Gazetteer of the Railways of Ireland. Midland Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-85780-044-3. 
  2. ^ a b Peter Pearson (1981). Dun Laoghaire Kingstown. O'Brien Press. ISBN 0-905140-83-4. 
  3. ^ "Former Railway Station". Archiseek. Retrieved 2007-10-31. 

External links[edit]

Preceding station Iarnród Éireann Iarnród Éireann Following station
Dublin Pearse   Intercity
Dublin-Rosslare
  Bray Daly
Blackrock   Commuter
South Eastern Commuter
  Bray Daly
Salthill &
Monkstown
  DART
Trans-Dublin
  Sandycove &
Glasthule
  Ferry services  
Terminus   Stena Line
Ferry
  Holyhead