Donabate railway station

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Domhnach Bat
Iarnród Éireann
Donabate railway station.jpg
The historic station building at Donabate, built in 1844
Location Beaverstown, Donabate, County Dublin, K36 H973
Republic of Ireland
Coordinates 53°29′08″N 6°09′04″W / 53.4855°N 6.1512°W / 53.4855; -6.1512Coordinates: 53°29′08″N 6°09′04″W / 53.4855°N 6.1512°W / 53.4855; -6.1512
Owned by Iarnród Éireann
Operated by Iarnród Éireann
Line(s) Belfast–Dublin
Platforms 2
Structure type At-grade
Other information
Station code DBATE
Fare zone Suburban 3
Opened 1844
Preceding station   Iarnród Éireann   Following station
Malahide   Commuter
Northern Commuter
  Rush & Lusk

Donabate railway station serves Donabate in Fingal. It is the first station from Dublin not served by DART services.


The station has two platforms, one for each of the two lines which run through the station. Built in the mid-19th century, the station has a traditional appearance. The booking office has a small waiting area and toilet facilities. There are two ticket-issuing machines and one part-time manned window for the purchase of tickets. The station is located in the centre of the town.

When the station was opened there was no footbridge built. When CIÉ closed Midleton station in Cork, the GS&WR iron footbridge was moved to Donabate. This footbridge was subsequently removed in 2011 and replaced by a new bridge with steps and lifts for increased accessibility. In 2013, a new building was built on the platform containing ticket barriers. Whilst Midleton has since been reopened.

Donabate is served by 22000 Class and 29000 Class diesel railcars. However 201 Class locomotives + DeDietrich rolling stock pass through on Enterprise services as do 071 Class locomotives + Tara Mines Wagons with mineral ore trains from Boliden Tara Mines near Navan.

The linespeed in Donabate is 90 mph, the highest on the Dublin - Belfast Mainline and the highset permittable speed of the DeDietrich coaches.

The station has two lifts and a footbridge connecting Platforms 1 and 2.

Plans to extend the DART?[edit]

Under Transport 21, there were plans to continue the DART from Malahide railway station, through Donabate railway station and up to Balbriggan railway station, but this was shelved due to the economic downturn in Ireland.

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