Brian Haworth

Updated: 18/01/2015







The first station opened in Drogheda on the 25 May 1844,

but, when the first temporary Boyne Viaduct was opened on the 11 May 1853,


the station was re-located to its present location

on a sharp curve on the Southern approach to the viaduct.


Many of the fine Great Northern Railway buildings survive,

including the very impressive Water Tower.


The current station was refurbished in 1997,

and track layouts were also modified at this time.







View of the Belfast end of Drogheda station

with the massive water tower dwarfing the station buildings.







The graceful lines of the Boyne Viaduct

at Drogheda


Scroll further down for details of the viaduct









The rather mind-blowing array of car park lines

detracts from the impressive frontage of Drogheda Station

and the equally impressive Great Northern Water Tower.












General view of Drogheda Station

looking towards the Boyne viaduct and Belfast


with three class 29000 units in the frame.













Stabled 29000 unit stands at the buffers

facing the old Great Northern, two road, stone goods shed


still used by the railway as a store.












View of the Belfast end of Drogheda Station


with the massive Water Tower

dwarfing the station buildings.












Viewed from the footbridge

looking towards Belfast


the three through roads can be seen.












The view towards Dublin from the footbridge.


The DMU at the top of the picture is on the re-fueling point,

and immediately beyond this unit is the DMU depot,

which is accessed just beyond the curve in the distance.












The attractive livery of the 29000 class

is highlighted in the bright sunlight


as 29425 and 29428 await their next tours of duty.












Class 29000, unit 294125,

prepares to depart Drogheda Station


with the 13:05 service to Dublin Pearse ( 14:09 ).













The attractive memorabilia display on the platform at Drogheda












GM Class210, unit 228, An Abhainn Bhui River Owenea ,

runs into Drogheda with the Dublin / Belfast Enterprise service.


This premier service leaves Dublin Connolly at 11:00, first stop Drogheda ( 11:36 ),

then onward to Dundalk ( 11:58 ), Newry( 12:16 ), Portadown ( 12:40 ), arriving at Belfast Central at 13:15 .











Class 29000, 294125

stands next to some of the well-maintained older station buildings,


all of which appear to still be in railway use.





Class 29000, 294125,

stands next to some of the well-maintained older station buildings,


all of which appear to still be in railway use.












One of the attractive Boyne Viaduct cast bronze plates


on view at the station












The impressive Boyne Viaduct


as viewed from the main road,

which leads from the station to the town centre












Taken slightly lower down the road,

the stone-arched section of the viaduct

is highlighted.












The centre steel Pratt trusses

carry the line over the River Boyne












The graceful lines of the Boyne Viaduct


stand out against the threatening storm clouds,

which fortunately passed by without dropping their contents.












The modern Town Pedestrian Footbridge over the River Boyne


contrasts well with its older neighbour














As most of the services are now “guardless”,

mirrors are provided at the end of each platform

to enable the driver to check doors

prior to departure


but the mirrors, if the light is right,

offer unusual photographic opportunities.

The driver of class 294, 29428, has his sunvisors in place

ready for departure at 12:20


with a service for Dublin Pearce ( 13:22 )


























The graceful Boyne viaduct was designed

by Civil Engineer Sir John Macneil,


built during the 1850s, and fully completed by 1855.


The first train to actually cross the viaduct

did so on the 11 th May 1853.


The impressive viaduct carries the Belfast / Dublin line

98 feet above the River Boyne.


Twelve stone arches on the south side

and three on the north side


link to the central Pratt truss,

which was originally manufactured out of three iron spans

carrying two tracks across the river.



The bridge was re-furbished in the 1930s,

and the old iron spans were replaced with new steel girders.



Unfortunately, the new steel girders were not wide enough

to carry both sets of tracks


so the northbound and southbound tracks were interlaced


so that one rail lay between the track

running in the opposite direction.



In 1990, when the track was renewed,

the interlaced track was removed


and a single track with points at each end was installed.


The viaduct celebrated its 150th Anniversary in 2005.




































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