Drogheda railway station

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Drogheda MacBride Iarnród Éireann
Droichead Átha Mac Giolla Bhríde
Drogheda railway station exterior.jpg
Exterior of Drogheda railway station
Location
Place Drogheda
Local authority Louth County Council
Coordinates 53°42′43″N 6°19′59″W / 53.7119°N 6.333°W / 53.7119; -6.333Coordinates: 53°42′43″N 6°19′59″W / 53.7119°N 6.333°W / 53.7119; -6.333
Operations
Station code 120
Platforms in use 2
History
1844 Station opened
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
Northern Commuter
To Belfast
Newry (One early morning service per week day only)
Border
Dundalk Clarke
Drogheda-Navan (Freight Only)
Drogheda MacBride
Laytown
Gormanston
Balbriggan
Skerries
Rush & Lusk
Donabate
Malahide(for DART)
Portmarnock
Clongriffin
DART Howth Branch
Howth Junction & Donaghmede
KilbarrackDART
RahenyDART
HarmonstownDART
KillesterDART
Clontarf RoadDART
Dublin Connolly Luas
Luas Red Line (To Dublin Heuston)
Loopline Bridge
Tara Street
Dublin Pearse
(To Bray and Rosslare)

Drogheda MacBride railway station (Irish: Stáisiún Droichead Átha Mac Giolla Bhríde) serves Drogheda, Ireland.

Description[edit]

The present station is located on a sharp curve on the south approach to the Boyne Viaduct. Formerly there were three lines through the station between the 'up' and 'down' platforms, but when the station was refurbished in 1997, up platform line was removed and the platform widened.[1]

It was given the name MacBride on 10 April 1966 in commemoration of John MacBride, one of the executed leaders of the Easter Rising of 1916.

History[edit]

The original Drogheda station opened on 25 May 1844 about a quarter mile southeast. The passenger station was resited when the first temporary Boyne Viaduct opened in 11 May 1853.

Main article: Navan railway station

The former GNR(I) branch to Oldcastle (opened to Navan in 1850; throughout 1863) diverges from the Dublin-Belfast mainline immediately south of the station. This serves Irish Cement at Drogheda and Tara Mine near Navan.

Drogheda Commuter Railcar Service Depot[edit]

The Drogheda Commuter Railcar Service Depot opened in November 2003 at McBride Station. The state of the art service depot, built at a cost of 42 million euro provides 24-hour servicing, maintenance and train wash facilities, helping to expand the capacity of the national rail service.

The depot itself services and maintains a national Iarnród Éireann fleet of 144 railcars. The main service building contains three enclosed 180-metre long maintenance roads. All three are capable of accommodating three full size 8-car trains. Inside there are cranes, an underfloor jacking system train lift and an underfloor lathe and automatic train wash. Oil and diesel spillages are kept to a minimum by a specially adapted pumping and fuelling system.

Deputy Fergus O'Dowd described the new train servicing depot as a ‘very significant investment’. He commended the Irish Rail planners who he said had put Drogheda ‘at the very heart of the commuter rail service’.[2]

Preceding station Iarnród Éireann Iarnród Éireann Following station
Dublin Connolly   Enterprise
Dublin-Belfast
  Dundalk Clarke
Laytown   Commuter
Northern Commuter
 
Disused railways
Terminus   Great Northern Railway (Ireland)
Drogheda-Oldcastle
  Duleek
Laytown   Great Northern Railway (Ireland)
Dublin-Dundalk
  Dunleer

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