R7971 : Ore train passing Shalee

taken 37 years ago, near to Shallee Cross Roads, Tipperary, Ireland

Ore train passing Shalee
Ore train passing Shalee
Only 10 years after R7971 : Train passing Shalee station there is little left of Shalee station as CIE 001 class locomotive 033 hurries past with a Silvermines - Foynes ore train.
The Ballybrophy to Limerick railway line

Meandering for some 52.5 miles in Counties Laois, Offaly, Tipperary and Limerick, the railway line from Ballybrophy Junction (at MP66.5 on the Dublin – Cork line) to Limerick was opened between Ballybrophy and Roscrea by the Great Southern & Western Railway in 1857. It was extended to Nenagh in 1863. Meanwhile, the Limerick & Castleconnel Railway opened its line from Killonan (outside Limerick) to Castleconnel in 1858 and extended to Birdhill in 1860. The GS&WR closed the gap between Nenagh and Birdhill in 1864. Coming under full control of the GS&WR in 1901, the branch became part of the Great Southern Railways in 1924, with ownership transferring to Cόras Iompair Éireann (CIÉ) in 1945. Always a remote backwater, the section from Nenagh to Limerick had something of a revival in the mid-20th Century with the opening of ore mines at Silvermines in 1966 and shale extraction at Kilmastulla commencing in 1982. However, the Silvermines branch closed in October 1993 while the Kilmastulla traffic ceased in December 2009. Today, the line boasts a basic passenger service of up to four trains per day with persistent rumours the railway company Iarnród Éireann (IÉ – successor to CIÉ) would like to abandon the line altogether.

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Date Taken
Thursday, 12 September, 1985   (more nearby)
Saturday, 15 September, 2012
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Village, Rural settlement  Quarrying, Mining  Business, Retail, Services  Railways  Heath, Scrub 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! R 796 716 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:47.7660N 8:18.1181W
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Irish: geotagged! R 796 716
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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