Dublin–Sligo railway line

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Dublin–Sligo Main Line
22000 Class InterCity Train Ireland.jpg
22000 Class DMU (22020) at Dublin Connolly forming a service to Sligo.
Overview
TypeCommuter rail, Inter-city rail
Heavy rail
SystemIarnród Éireann
StatusOperational
LocaleIreland
TerminiDublin Connolly
Sligo Mac Diarmada
Stations13
Operation
Opened1847
OwnerIarnród Éireann
Operator(s)Iarnród Éireann
Commuter
InterCity
CharacterSecondary
Rolling stock29000 Class (Commuter)
22000 Class (InterCity)
Technical
Line length207 km
Number of tracksSingle track (Maynooth–Sligo) and Double track (Dublin Connolly–Maynooth) with Passing Loops
Track gauge1,600 mm (5 ft 3 in) Irish gauge
ElectrificationNot electrified
Route map

Year
closed
Sligo Quay freight terminal
2000
Sligo Mac Diarmada
Ballysadare
1963
Ballisodare River
1957
1963
Collooney
Ballymote
Kilfree Junction
1963
to Ballaghaderreen
1963
Boyle
Carrick-on-Shannon
Drumsna
1963
Dromod
Newtown Forbes
1963
Longford
Edgeworthstown
Street & Rathowen
1963
to Cavan
1959
Inny Junction
1931
Multyfarnham
1963
Clonhugh
1963
1964
Mullingar
Killucan
1963
Hill of Down
1963
Moyvalley
1963
Enfield
Ferns Lock
1963
Kilcock
Maynooth
Blakestown
Leixlip Louisa Bridge
Dublin Suburban Rail#Western Commuter
Leixlip Confey
Dublin Suburban Rail#Western Commuter
Lucan North
1941
Barberstown
Clonsilla
Dublin Suburban Rail#Western Commuter
Porterstown
(future)
Coolmine
Coolmine
Dublin Suburban Rail#Western Commuter
Castleknock
Dublin Suburban Rail#Western Commuter
Navan Road Parkway
Dublin Suburban Rail#Western Commuter
Ashtown
Ashtown
Dublin Suburban Rail#Western Commuter
Pelletstown
(future)
Broombridge
Dublin Suburban Rail#Western CommuterLuas
Liffey Junction
1937
Dublin Broadstone
1937
Glasnevin
(future)
Drumcondra
Dublin Suburban Rail#Western Commuter
Docklands Dublin Suburban Rail
(Luas Spencer Dock)
Dublin Connolly Luas
Luas Red Line
to Dublin Heuston and Tallaght

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.

History[edit]

The extension from Longford to Sligo opened on 3 September 1862.[1]

Route[edit]

From Dublin the route mostly bends alongside the Royal Canal to Mullingar along a fairly level gradient. Thereafter there are a number of gradients, with the sustained 1 in 80 between mileposts 75¼ and 70⅜ towards Dublin noted as challenging.[2]

Services[edit]

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

Two trains per day (Monday to Friday) operate Longford to Pearse in the morning and return from Connolly to Longford in the evening.

InterCity

  • Monday-Friday

8 trains in each direction Dublin to Sligo

  • Saturday

7 trains in each direction Dublin to Sligo

  • Sunday

6 trains in each direction Dublin to Sligo

Former services in dieselisation era[edit]

There was a basic service pattern of 3 services a day, sometimes supplemented by an additional service from Dublin on Fridays and a very early morning service from Sligo on Monday mornings. The closure of many stations in 1963 enabled the service to be speeded up with over an hour reduction in journey time.

Freight trains from Sligo stopped when the final trains carrying logs from Sligo ceased in December 2008.

Dublin stations[edit]

InterCity services now commence and terminate at Dublin Connolly. Originally Broadstone railway station was the terminus. In the intervening years Pearse Street (Westland Row) was the starting point.

Connections at Dublin Connolly[edit]

The line is also used by rail passengers changing at Dublin Connolly onto the DART to Dún Laoghaire or Bray Daly 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.

Dublin Port can be 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[3] 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]

Current operations[edit]

InterCity services have been operated by 22000 Class DMUs since December 2007, the Dublin-Sligo route being the first in the whole of Ireland to get the new trains.[4]They replaced the interim use of 29000 Class Commuter DMUs, which had been introduced to these services in 2005, having in turn replaced locomotive-hauled stock.[5]

Previous dieselisation era operations[edit]

InterCity services saw haulage by CIÉ classes 001, 121, 141 and latterly 071 after they were displaced from mainline duties. 121 and 141 Classes would often work in multiple on the heavy midday trains and latterly to achieve faster timetables. The CIE 201 Class was rarer on passenger duties. Coaching stock could reach to about 13 coaches requiring multiple stops at some stations. Laminate and Park Royal coaching stock including 6-wheel luggage/generator vans were replaced in time by Cravens and eventually Mark 2 coaches with Mark 1 generator vans cascaded from mainline services.[6]

CIÉ 2600 Class AEC DMUs were sometimes used on the morning and evening services up until 1969/70.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "THE BALLAGHADERREEN BRANCH". Irish Failfan News. 7 (3): 14–16. July 1961. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Network Statement 2015" (PDF). Irish Rail. 2015. Archived (PDF) from the original on 29 August 2017. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  3. ^ "53 - Dublin Bus". dublinbus.ie.
  4. ^ Moran, Michael (18 July 2007). "New trains for Sligo line are on the way". The Sligo Champion. Retrieved 5 October 2007.
  5. ^ Moran, Michael (29 June 2005). "New-look Sligo train unveiled". The Sligo Champion. Retrieved 5 October 2007.
  6. ^ "124". Irish Traction Group. Archived from the original on 8 November 2017. Retrieved 8 November 2017.

External links[edit]

Media related to Dublin–Sligo railway line at Wikimedia Commons