Drogheda railway station
Droichead Átha Mac Giolla Bhríde
Exterior of Drogheda railway station
|Local authority||Louth County Council|
|Platforms in use||2|
|Iarnród Éireann - Ireland railway stations|
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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.
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.
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
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’.
|Preceding station||Iarnród Éireann||Following station|
|Terminus||Great Northern Railway (Ireland)
|Laytown||Great Northern Railway (Ireland)
- "Drogheda station". Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-09-05.