Dublin–Sligo railway line

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Dublin to Sligo line
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Railtour train to Sligo at Dublin Connolly
Type Commuter rail, Inter-city rail
Heavy rail
System Iarnród Éireann
Status Operational
Locale Ireland
Termini Dublin Connolly
Sligo Mac Diarmada
Stations 21
Opening 1847
Owner Iarnród Éireann
Operator(s) Iarnród Éireann
Character Primary
Rolling stock 29000 Class (Commuter)
22000 Class (InterCity)
No. of tracks Single track and Double track with Passing Loops
Track gauge 1,600 mm (5 ft 3 in) Irish gauge
Electrification Not electrified
Route map
Sligo Quay freight terminal
Sligo Mac Diarmada
Ballysadare(closed 1963)
Ballisodare River
To Enniskillen (closed 1957 SLNCR)
Proposed Western Railway Corridor to Limerick
Kilfree Junction (closed 1963)
To Ballaghaderreen (closed 1963)
Drumsna(closed 1963)
River Shannon
DromodCavan and Leitrim Railway
Newtown Forbes
Street & Rathowen(closed 1963)
To Cavan (closed 1960)
Inny Junction(closed 1931)
Multyfarnham(closed 1963)
Clonhugh(closed 1963)
The Royal Canal
To Athlone (closed 1987)
Killucan(closed 1963)
Hill of Down(closed 1963)
River Boyne
Moyvalley(closed 1963)
Ferns Lock(closed 1963)
MaynoothWestern Commuter
Leixlip Louisa BridgeWestern Commuter
Leixlip ConfeyWestern Commuter
Lucan North(closed 1941)
To Hansfield, Dunboyne & M3 Parkway
ClonsillaWestern Commuter
CoolmineWestern Commuter
CastleknockWestern Commuter
Navan Road ParkwayWestern Commuter
AshtownWestern Commuter
BroombridgeWestern Commuter
Liffey Junction(Closed 1937)
Dublin Broadstone(Closed 1937)
The Royal Canal
Phoenix Park Tunnel (To Dublin Heuston)
DrumcondraWestern Commuter
Belfast line
Docklands(Luas Spencer Dock)
The Royal Canal
Dublin Connolly Luas
Luas Red Line
(To Dublin Heuston and Tallaght)
Line to Rosslare

The Dublin to Sligo main line is a railway route operated by Iarnród Éireann in Ireland. It starts in Dublin Connolly station, terminating at Sligo Mac Diarmada railway station in Sligo. The route is double track as far as Maynooth, being single track with passing loops between there and Sligo.

Between Dublin and Longford, the route is operated as part of Dublin Suburban Rail, specifically the Western Commuter service.


Commuter operates the suburban services operates between Dublin and Maynooth. These start from Pearse Station, which connects with the route to Rosslare Europort. Some trains from Gorey and Rosslare Europort also run through to the Sligo line.

InterCity services to Sligo operate from Dublin Connolly. Freight trains carrying logs also operated from Sligo until December 2008.

Connections at Dublin Connolly[edit]

The line is also used by rail passengers changing at Dublin Connolly onto the DART to Dún Laoghaire for example or travelling to Dublin Port for the Irish Ferries or Stena Line to Holyhead and then by train along the North Wales Coast Line to London Euston and other destinations in England and Wales.

Holyhead can also be reached by Irish Ferries from Dublin Port, reached by walking beside the tram lines around the corner from Amiens Street into Store Street or by Luas one stop to Busáras where Dublin Bus operates route 53 to the Ferry Terminal[1] or to take a taxi.

Passengers can change at Dublin Connolly for the Belfast–Dublin railway line for the Enterprise to Northern Ireland.

Rolling stock[edit]

Services are now operated by the 22000 Class DMUs. They were previously operated by the 29000 Class railcar units. The Dublin–Sligo railway line was also the first railway route in the whole of Ireland to get the new 22000 Class DMUs.

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