Tralee railway station

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Tralee Casement

Stáisiún Mac Easmainn
Iarnród Éireann
Tralee railway station - geograph.org.uk - 257003.jpg
Tralee railway station in 2006
General information
LocationNorth Circular Road, Tralee
Ireland
Coordinates52°16′16″N 9°41′57″W / 52.2710°N 9.6992°W / 52.2710; -9.6992Coordinates: 52°16′16″N 9°41′57″W / 52.2710°N 9.6992°W / 52.2710; -9.6992
Owned byIarnród Éireann
Operated byIarnród Éireann
Platforms2
Construction
Structure typeAt-grade
History
Original companyGreat Southern and Western Railway
Tralee and Dingle Light Railway
Pre-groupingGreat Southern and Western Railway
Post-groupingGreat Southern Railways
Key dates
1859Station opened as Tralee South
1966Renamed as Casement Station

Tralee Casement station (Tralee Railway Station; Irish: Stáisiún Trá Lí) is the terminus station on the Mallow–Tralee line and serves the town of Tralee in County Kerry. It is the most westerly railway station in Europe.

Description[edit]

Superficially, Tralee station resembles Killarney railway station, with the main station buildings lying south of the main line, and a short overall roof covering part of the main platform and the run-round loop. There is also a shorter bay platform serving the south face of the main platform, stopping short of the main building. A platform canopy covers part of both platforms 1 and 2, east of the main building and overall roof. Both platforms were considerably extended in 1979.

File:Tralee station and sheds, 1948.

Until recently there was an active container terminal and freight yard opposite the main station. This survives for permanent way trains and the storage of redundant equipment. The yard opposite the passenger station was built in the late 1970s, on the site of the original freight yard and engine shed, to replace a larger yard alongside the former Tralee-Fenit and Tralee-Limerick line west of the passenger station. The Tralee-Fenit line survives in an overgrown condition. The rest of the site has been cleared and sold for redevelopment.

Services[edit]

Passengers transfer at Mallow for services to Dublin and Cork or via a small number of direct Dublin and Cork services.

Tralee is served by 7–8 trains each weekday. There is a slightly reduced service on Sundays. There are 4 Dublin InterCity Trains on Sundays.[citation needed]

There are also connecting trains at Limerick Junction for Clonmel and Waterford as well as Limerick, Ennis, Athenry and Galway.

History[edit]

The station, originally named Tralee South, was opened on 18 July 1859.[1]

A serious accident occurred at the station on 24 April 1901 at 6.20 am. The 2.30 am Mallow to Tralee mail goods train failed to stop, and ran into the buffer stops at a speed estimated at between 25 and 30 mph. The driver of the train and a guard who had been travelling on the footplate were killed instantly. The fireman died a few hours later.[2]

On 10 April 1966, the station was given the name Casement in commemoration of Roger Casement, one of the executed leaders of the Easter Rising of 1916.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tralee station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 4 September 2007.
  2. ^ http://www.railwaysarchive.co.uk/documents/BoT_Tralee1901.pdf[full citation needed]

External links[edit]


Preceding station   Iarnrod Eireann simple logo 2013.png Iarnród Éireann   Following station
Farranfore   Commuter
Mallow-Tralee
  Terminus
Farranfore   InterCity
Dublin-Tralee
  Terminus
Farranfore   InterCity
Cork-Tralee
  Terminus
Disused railways
Ardfert   Great Southern and Western Railway
Limerick-Tralee
  Terminus