Brian Haworth

Updated: 16/01/2015







Mullingar Railway Station in County Westmeath, 50 miles 17 chains from Dublin,

opened on the 2 October 1848,


providing a direct route to Dublin.


The first station was only temporary, and located close to the greyhound stadium.


The line from Mullingar to Galway via Athlone

opened during August 1851, but is now out-of-use.


A new station, the current one, opened closer to the town on 14 December 1855,

when the branch to Longford was constructed.


The attractive station at Mullingar was designed

by the Midland Great Western's architect, George Wilkinson,

and cost £7,240.


Mullingar subsequently became quite a railway centre,

boasting a goods yard, large cattle docks, and an engine shed, with turntable.


The turntable still exists, and is used for occasional steam rail tours.


Today, the station is served by trains on the Dublin / Sligo route

and has a large well-used car park, and a manned ticket office.













The church-like entrance to Mullingar Railway Station












Taken from the public footbridge at the Sligo end of the station,

the various station buildings can be seen.


The island platform is sometimes used for Dublin bound trains

but, in the current timetable, services in both directions tend to work out of the platform

where a class 29000, unit 29408, awaits departure with the 18:51 departure for Longford ( 19:23 ).


The large signal box can be made out at the top left hand side of the picture

with the rather grand old refreshment room, now the ticket office, adjacent to it.


The side of old goods shed is also visible.







Class 29000, 29408, runs into Mullingar

to form the 10:17 service to Sligo ( 12:10 ) from Dublin ( 09:05 )


As on most stations, the station gardens and plants are well- tended by railway staff.









The large de-commissioned signal box at Mullingar.


The mothballed Athlone branch runs into the station behind the box.












View of the signal box and out-of-use Athlone branch.












The spotless interior of Mullingar's signal box

taken on the 15 August 1993.


With the recently completed signal works, which has seen semaphore signals

replaced with electric colour lights,


the signal box is still in situ but mothballed out-of-use.












The mothballed Athlone branch platforms

are like stepping back in time

with semaphores, a water tower and old signage.













The mothballed platforms still have atmosphere

and have been virtually untouched since closure



A solitary semaphore with the unique Irish Rail colouring

stands at the end of the mothballed station platforms

at Mullingar












Class 29000, 29108, awaits departure from Mullingar

with the 16:52 departure for Dublin Connolly ( 18:00 )










With headlights blazing, class 22000, 22345

arrives at Mullingar


with a morning Dublin / Sligo service






NK writes:

Below are photos of Mullingar, which appear in the Irish Railways Gallery but are also worthy of reproduction here.

Brian may wish to add his own comments in due course





The magnificent Midland Great Western refreshment room/booking office

at Mullingar Station.


The line curving to the right leads to Sligo, and the bay to its right

served the Cavan branch.


Off picture, to the left of the refreshment room, is the

mothballed line to Athlone and Galway.


The picture is taken from the base of the signal cabin in August 2002.












A Metropolitan- Vickers, built in Manchester A class 001 Co-Co no 056

stands in the mothballed Athlone platform at Mullingar

with the early morning Mullingar / Dublin service in July 1989.


This loco, introduced to traffic during August 1956,

lost its Metropolitan Vickers engine during rebuilding in November 1969.


The loco soldiered on until withdrawal in October 1992.












GM class 071 rolls into Mullingar

with the 14:39 service to Sligo on 12 August 2002.


Note the signal cabin and the large booking hall building.


Also of interest is the floral display.












Commuter DMU 29403 prepares to depart Mullingar

with the 10:12 to Sligo


on 22 October 2008