Liffey Junction railway station

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Liffey Junction
Gabhal na Lífe
Location Cabra
Republic of Ireland
Coordinates 53°21′15″N 6°16′26″W / 53.354291°N 6.273816°W / 53.354291; -6.273816
Platforms 7
Construction
Structure type At-grade
Key dates
1864 Station opened
18 January 1937 Station closed to passenger services
1977 Station closed to freight services
1997 Station demolished
2017 Luas services expected to commence

Liffey Junction is a former railway station and junction on the erstwhile Midland Great Western Railway (MGWR) in Dublin, Ireland.

The station opened in 1864[1] upon the opening of the Liffey Line from this point to the River Liffey at North Wall. The station closed to passenger traffic on 18 January 1937[2] upon the concurrent closure of the line from Broadstone to Liffey Junction, such traffic being rerouted to Pearse Station (then Westland Row). The station remained in use until 1977 for cattle traffic and afterwards was used as a wagon storage point.

Today, most of the features of this station have disappeared. Those that remain include the water tower between the trackbed of the mainline and the Liffey Line branch (now part of the Dublin–Sligo line) fronting onto the Royal Canal, the down side loading bank and traces of the up side island platform. There is also a water column.

There was a carriage shed located between the Liffey Line and the Royal Canal. This area remains distinguishable today as a triangular shaped area on the north eastern side of the Liffey Line bridge over the Royal Canal. The MGWR's creosoting plant was also located here.

As of June 2015, the former alignment to Dublin Broadstone is being cleared in preparation for the Luas Cross City services, which are expected to commence in 2017. A new Luas depot will be built on the site of the former Liffey Junction station. The remaining features will be entirely demolished.

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Dublin Broadstone   Midland Great Western Railway
Dublin–Galway/Sligo
  Ashtown

References[edit]

  1. ^ Midland Great Western Railway; Shepherd, Ernie; ISBN 1-85780-008-7; 1994 - p118
  2. ^ "Liffey Junction station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 28 October 2007. 

Coordinates: 53°22′16″N 6°17′31″W / 53.371038°N 6.291904°W / 53.371038; -6.291904