N0341 : Athlone (Midland) station

taken 39 years ago, near to Baile Atha Luain, Athlone, Bellaugh and Doyles Bridge, Westmeath, Ireland

Athlone (Midland) station
Athlone (Midland) station
The former Midland station, on the western side of the Shannon, with a ballast train at the up platform. See also N0341 : Passenger train at Athlone (Midland) station (May 1971).
Athlone railway station :: N0441

Athlone had two junctions. One on the eastern side of the Shannon where the Great Southern and Western (GS&WR) line from Portarlington (Dublin Kingsbridge Cork line) met the Midland Great Western (MGWR) line from Broadstone (Dublin), via Mullingar and Moate. The other, on the western side of the Shannon, where the MGWR lines to Galway and Westport/Ballina diverge.
The GS&WR station on the eastern side opened in 1850 and closed in 1929 when all services transferred to the MGWR station on the western side. The building remained standing and in use as the goods office. With the reduction in service over the line from Mullingar (it closed in 1987) CIE renovated the GS&WR station which re-opened in 1985 concurrently with the closure of the old MGWR one.

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Date Taken
Tuesday, 30 August, 1983   (more nearby)
Sunday, 22 July, 2012
Geographical Context
City, Town centre  Railways 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! N 033 417 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:25.5861N 7:57.0206W
Camera Location
Irish: geotagged! N 033 417
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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Athlone  Railway Station  Train  CIE (Coras Iompair Eireann) 

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