Buncrana railway station

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Buncrana
Location Buncrana, County Donegal
Ireland
History
Original company Londonderry and Lough Swilly Railway
Post-grouping Londonderry and Lough Swilly Railway
Key dates
9 September 1864 Station opens
6 September 1948 Station closes for passengers
10 August 1953 Station closes

Buncrana railway station served Buncrana in County Donegal, Ireland.

Railway use[edit]

The station opened on 9 September 1864 on the Londonderry and Lough Swilly Railway line from Londonderry Graving Dock to Buncrana. It was designed by the Derry architect Fitzgibbon Louch.[1]

On 30 July 1922, during the Irish Civil War, Buncrana was captured by the Free State forces from Anti-treaty forces. The Free State forces held the railway station and all the roads entering the town. Later that day, 100 Free State troops commandeered a train at Buncrana station and proceeded to take Clonmany, Carndonagh and other locations on the peninsula.[2]

It closed for passengers on 6 September 1948.[3]

Freight services finished on 10 August 1953.

Post railway use[edit]

The station buildings still exist. They were purchased in 1952 by Dan and Molly Porter and have been converted to a public house – The Drift Inn.[4] It is recorded on the Record of Protected Structures in the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage of Ireland.

Routes[edit]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Lisfannon Links Halt   Londonderry and Lough Swilly Railway
Londonderry- Carndonagh
  Ballymagan

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Buildings of Ireland, North West Ulster: The Counties of London Derry, Donegal, Fermanagh And Tyrone. Alistar Rowan. Yale University Press
  2. ^ "REBELS ARE ROUTED IN DONEGAL TOWNS; Free State Troops Capture Gar- risons at Letterkenney, Buncrana and Cardonagh. ENDS BRIGANDAGE THERE Raiders Had Terrorized the District for Weeks, Frequently Holding Up Trains". The New York Times. 1 July 1922. 
  3. ^ "Buncrana station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2008-05-24. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-25. Retrieved 2012-04-13.