Ballaghaderreen railway station

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Location Ballaghaderreen, County Roscommon
Opened 1874
Closed 1963
Original company Midland Great Western Railway
Key dates
2 November 1874 Station opens
31 December 1875 Station closes
24 March 1876 Station reopens
2 February 1963 Station closes
Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Edmondstown   Midland Great Western Railway
Ballaghaderreen branch line

Ballaghaderreen railway station was a station which served Ballaghaderreen in County Roscommon, Ireland. It was the terminus of a branch line from Kilfree Junction.


Opened by the Midland Great Western Railway, 1924 the Railways Act passed by the Oireachtas of the Irish Free State moved the station to the Great Southern Railway. In 1925 another merger led to management by the Great Southern Railways. The station was then nationalised, passing on to the Córas Iompair Éireann as a result of the Transport Act 1944[1] which took effect from 1 January 1945.

The unusual station building at Ballaghaderreen, built with rough stone, remains though very derelict. Part of the platform survives also, complete with name board posts. The goods shed, used by the GAA remains complete with its typical long cattle bank platform. The water tower and single road engine shed however have been demolished, a health centre now[when?] stands on their site. The terminus was unusual also for not having a signal cabin; the instruments were housed in the station building.


  1. ^ "Transport Act 1944". Irish Statute Book. Archived from the original on 26 April 2007. 
  • Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-85260-508-1.