The Ballybrophy to Limerick railway line :: Shared Description

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.
by The Carlisle Kid
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22 images use this description:

R7269 : Ore train passing Kilmastulla by The Carlisle Kid
R8778 : Train at Nenagh station by The Carlisle Kid
R7971 : Ore train passing Shalee by The Carlisle Kid
R8172 : Ore train at Silvermines Junction by The Carlisle Kid
S1390 : Roscrea Signal cabin by The Carlisle Kid
S2683 : Branch train entering Ballybrophy Junction by The Carlisle Kid
R8171 : Empty ore train approaching Silvermines by The Carlisle Kid
R6554 : Train at Scart level crossing by The Carlisle Kid
S2683 : Passenger train entering Ballybrophy Junction by The Carlisle Kid
R7068 : Steam train at Birdhill by The Carlisle Kid
R7971 : Train passing Shalee station by The Carlisle Kid
S1389 : Roscrea railway station by The Carlisle Kid
R7269 : Shale train at Kilmastulla by The Carlisle Kid
R8678 : Nenagh signal cabin by The Carlisle Kid
R5856 : Ballybrophy train leaving Limerick station by The Carlisle Kid
R7068 : Passenger train at Birdhill by The Carlisle Kid
S1490 : Passenger train leaving Roscrea station by The Carlisle Kid
R6454 : Killonan signal cabin by The Carlisle Kid
S1390 : Steam train leaving Roscrea by The Carlisle Kid
R7269 : Passenger train leaving Birdhill by The Carlisle Kid
S1390 : Passenger train in Roscrea station by The Carlisle Kid
R8172 : Passenger train at Silvermines Junction by The Carlisle Kid


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Created: Thu, 13 Sep 2012, Updated: Thu, 13 Sep 2012

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