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09 May 2015









Dublin Pearse


Brian Haworth

Updated: 20/02/2015





Dublin Pearse Station opened on the 17th December 1834

as the terminus station

for the Dublin and Kingstown Railway Company.


Originally called Westland Row

(as referenced in Bradshaw Timetables)


it was extensively re-built in 1891,

and later re- named Pearse in 1966.


It has two through platforms

and its location in the centre of Dublin

ensures that it is a very busy Commuter Station.




Main entrance to Pearse Station

Worthy of note is the attractive iron work on the Bridge


although some of it has been obscured

with the garish height warning stripes












View of Pearse train shed

from the Bray end of the platforms












Unit 29118 stands awaiting departure from Pearce Station












Unit 29421 departs towards Dublin Connolly

with a Maynooth-bound service












Dart unit 8107 about to depart for Bray





Dublin Heuston


Brian Haworth







Dublin Heuston station was opened on the 4th August 1846

as the terminus and headquarters of the

Great Southern and Western Railway Company

and was originally called Kingsbridge.


The station was re-named with its present title in 1966.


Designed by Sancton Wood, the station is served by InterCity services

from Cork, Limerick, Waterford, Galway, Mayo and Kerry

as well as local suburban services.


There are nine platforms

eight of which are terminating platforms.








Main Entrance












Side entrance to Dublin Heuston












Train Shed











Two units await their next turn of duty












GM diesel 224 awaits departure time

with a Cork service.












Rear-driving Trailer 4004 built by CAF

on the rear of a Cork service












View inside train shed

looking across Platforms 1,2,3,4 & 5












Old Railway Building adjacent to Heuston Station

now used by the

Irish Railway Record Society












Units at rest (note the leaded lights-windows)

on the station wing walls












A pair of 22000 units stand at the buffer stops

in platforms 2 & 3












Dart unit crosses the River Liffey












The isolated platform 10


This through platform is situated on the Phoenix Park Tunnel line,

which connects to Connolly Station.


Platform 10 is some distance from the main concourse,

and is not used for any regular scheduled trains.


There is no platform nine.


(See next photo & caption below)












A three car class 22000 unit departs Dublin Heuston


The loco servicing point can just be glimpsed behind the back carriage


and stored passenger stock, in the old orange and black livery,

is visible in the distant yard.


Nigel Kirby adds:

The lines, curving away to the left, were part of the rail network

when services, which are now operated from Heuston (Kingsbridge),


formerly originated at Connolly (Amiens Street) and Dun Laoghaire (Kingstown)


and links Islandbridge Junction

(where the lines are converging in the above photo)

with Glasnevin Junction

see Dublin Map


Without this important link,

the transfer of rolling stock between Heuston and Connolly,

would be extremely circuitous.


However it also serves as a freight route

linking stations in SW Ireland to the Goods Depots in Dublin.


Perusal of the Old Timetables at the end of this Gallery

make for interesting reading on this topic.



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Dublin Connolly


Brian Haworth



Departure Screen at Dublin Connolly




Dublin Connolly Station was opened on 29 th November 1844

by the Dublin and Drogheda Railway Company.


Originally called Dublin Station, the station lost its Dublin title in 1854

when it was renamed Amiens Street


a title it held until 1966

when it was given its present name of Connolly.


The station has seven platforms viz. four terminal and three through.

The famous "Enterprise " InterCity service to Belfast

runs from Connolly


which is also served with InterCity services

from Drogheda, Sligo ,Mullingar, Longford and Carrick-on-Shannon


as well as local suburban and Dart services.



View of the Station Frontage

of Connolly Station











The impressive main train shed

at Dublin Connolly Station












Connolly Tram Terminus












Unit 2804 runs into Platform 7












Unit 22 242 awaits departure

from the impressive train shed


with a service for Sligo












GM River Class diesel 209

is prepared for the


Enterprise” service to Belfast












Unit 22 241 is serviced at Platform 1


after working-in with a service from Sligo












Amazingly the Turntable and Water Tower


still exist at the station












Symmetry at Connolly












Units 29114 and 29124

at the stop blocks












Commuter DMU 2805

prepares to depart Dublin Connolly


with the 12:05 departure for Drogheda (arrives 12:59)












Two commuter DMUs stand in Dublin Connolly Station.


Note the Turntable and Water Tower in the background












The sleek lines and attractive livery

of the latest Inter-City units

on Irish Rail












Class 22000 six car suburban set 22242

glides into Dublin Connolly


to form the 17:05 departure to Sligo












DVT at the rear of an Enterprise service.

class 201 at front












River Class 201, 233,

blasts out of Dublin Connolly


with the 16:50 Enterprise service to Belfast












Class 22000, 22332

stands under the impressive train shed









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Dublin Docklands Station


Dublin's newest station, Dublin Docklands,

opened at a temporary location

on Sheriff Street in Dublin's North Wall area

on 12 March 2007.


The temporary two platform station was built

to relieve pressure on Dublin Connolly Station.


It was the first heavy rail station to open in the city of Dublin

since Dublin Tara Street opened in 1891.


The station deals with an hourly service

from Clonsilla on the Maynooth / Longford line.


It is planned that the current station

will be re-located to a permanent location

in the re-developed Spencer Dock area,

which is due to be completed

by 2015.


Current planning conditions attached to the station state

that the station must be relocated by 2016.


CIE, however, are believed to prefer the station

to remain on its current site

and may look to seek further planning permission

to allow this to happen.


The station sits in a rather isolated area,

which will obviously be developed in the near future.


Just up the road from the station is Church Junction,

where freight traffic accesses

Dublin North and East Wall Dock Yards


Main entrance to Dublin Docklands Station,


The modern design, with attractive wave roof,

stands out in its rather isolated and barren location












Taken from the main road, the open spaces around the station

are clearly evident.












A class 29000 unit awaits departure from one of the two platforms

at Docklands












Class 29000, 29105, sits at the blocks


as its driver makes his way to the front cab

in preparation for departure.












With Church Road Junction behind the camera,

a view of the lines emanating into North Wall Docks.


As can be seen, large amounts of displaced coaching stock,

and the new dmu fleet are stored here.











Church Road Junction Signal Box












Church Road Junction sits almost adjacent to the Docklands Station


and the Signal Box there controls the freight movements

into North and East Wall Yards.


A raft of old Permanent Way Wagons stand in a yard


close to Church Road Junction Signal Box.












GM diesel class 071, no 076, approaches the road crossing.


Note the flag man (top left) ready to stop road traffic












GM diesel class 071, no 076, heads for one of the dock yards

at North Wall



Tara Street


Brian Haworth






Tara Street Station was built by the City of Dublin Junction Railway Company

and opened on the 1st May 1891.


The station is situated on the loop line,

which linked the Dublin and Kingstown Terminus,

at Westland Row (now Dublin Pearce)


to Amien Street Station (now Dublin Connolly)

and the Midland Great Western Railway Company lines.


The station has two platforms situated high above street level

the ticket office and retail outlets being on street level.


Tara Street Station is a very busy commuter station

served by Dart and InterCity services.




Eight car class 29000 unit

arrives at Tara Street












Dart unit 8622 awaits departure












Class 29000 29107

rolls into the station


with plenty of passengers waiting to join












Dart unit class 8520

built in Japan no 8621


awaits departure

with a service to Bray












Two dart units cross at Tara Street Station


Unit 8128 is a class 8100,

built by Siemens in Germany,


and unit 8621 is a class 8520,

built by Tokyo Corporation of Japan.












Dart class 8500, no 8603

arrives at Dublin Tara Street Station









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Foynes closed 1963

Fenit closed circa 1975














Foynes closed 1963

Fenit closed circa 1975










Foynes closed 1963




Return to Top of Page


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Return to Irish Stations Index

Irish Rail Map

Visit Irish Bog Railways Gallery









Return to RVR Home Page

Irish Bradshaw Timetables

Linked to Dublin


Irish Railways Timetables

Bradshaw 1910, 1922 & 1938

includes both Dublin & Belfast




click below







Visit Gallery 14 (Brian Haworth)


Return to Trailer Gallery


Visit Antrim & Newry

in Gallery 20 (Richard Watts)