M3799 : Freight trains meet at Swinford

taken 47 years ago, near to Beal Atha na Muice, Cloonfinnaun and Cloonlara, Mayo, Ireland

Freight trains meet at Swinford
Freight trains meet at Swinford
As one of CIE's 141 class diesel locomotive waits in Swinford station with a Sligo - Limerick freight, a fellow 141 class approaches with the Limerick - Sligo working. This section of the Burma Road closed to all traffic from 3 November 1975.
The Collooney to Limerick Railway Line – The Burma Road :: G5419

Covering some 139 miles in remote western Ireland, the first section of the Burma Road opened between Limerick and Ennis in 1859. It reached Athenry in 1869, where it joined the Athenry & Tuam Railway (opened 1860), extended to Claremorris in 1894 and Collooney Junction (with running powers to Sligo) in 1895. Coming under the control of the Waterford Limerick & Western Railway, the line was absorbed into the Great Southern & Western Railway in 1901 and became part of the Great Southern Railways in 1924, with ownership transferring to Cόras Iompair Éireann (CIÉ) in 1945. Known as the Burma Road due to the high number of level crossings, passenger services ceased between Collooney and Claremorris in 1963 and between Claremorris and Ennis in 1976, although passengers returned to Ennis – Athenry on 29 March 2010. Freight services were withdrawn between Collooney Junction and Claremorris on 3 November 1975 and between Claremorris and Ennis on 11 November 2002. Although there is pressure to reopen the line between Athenry and Collooney, this quintessential Irish branch line will continue to slumber in the current economic climate.

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Thursday, 9 October, 1975   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 9 September, 2012
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Village, Rural settlement  Business, Retail, Services  Railways  Flat landscapes 
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Irish: geotagged! M 375 998 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:56.6481N 8:57.1252W
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Irish: geotagged! M 375 998
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