M4742 : Train passing Ballyglunin station

taken 46 years ago, near to Caherphuca, Galway, Ireland

Train passing Ballyglunin station
Train passing Ballyglunin station
The 13.55 passenger service from Ballina to Limerick passes Ballyglunin station. Ballyglunin was another station on the Burma Road which lost passenger services in 1963, although the signal cabin remained open until about 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 Freight services were withdrawn between Collooney Junction and Claremorris on 3 November 1975 and between Claremorris and Ennis on 11 November 2002.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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March 1976   (more nearby)
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Thursday, 13 September, 2012
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Lowlands  Village, Rural settlement  Business, Retail, Services  Railways  Heath, Scrub 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! M 472 426 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:25.8707N 8:47.6339W
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Irish: geotagged! M 472 426
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