Brian Haworth

Updated: 12/01/2015

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Sligo station was opened

by the Midland and Great Western Railway

on 3rd December 1862.


It was, and still, is a terminus station with two platforms.


The engine shed and turntable have long gone

but the preserved signal box

still stands in good condition.


In its heyday, Sligo station

was served by three Railway companys viz.


Midland Great Western

Sligo Leitrim and Northern Counties Railway


Waterford and Limerick Railway.


From the outside, the station,

in its lofty position perched above the main road and bus station,

is of impressive construction.


The massive blocks of grey stone, used in its building,

give the station a castle like appearance.


Sligo station was renamed Sligo Mac Diarmada Station in 1962.




The main entrance to Sligo Station

with the modern steel-entrance porch


blending sympathetically

with the massive grey stonework












The rear gable of the station


showing the massive proportions

of the station's retaining walls












Class 22 22321 stands at the stop blocks at Sligo

at 12-10


having just arrived with the 09-05 service from Dublin












The beautifully-preserved Signal Box

at Sligo Station












View of the station from the buffer stops


with station ironwork casting its shadows

on a class 22 unit


about to depart with the 13-00 service to Dublin

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Sligo Quay Branch


Brian Haworth





The Sligo Quay Branch was opened

by the Midland Great Western Railway in 1862


shortly after Sligo station opened.


The branch diverged from the main line

on the approach to Sligo station


diving behind the Signal Box

and descending to the Quays on a 1 in 70 incline.



At the Quay was a large Goods Yard and stone Goods Shed

with tracks fanning off to various private sidings

controlled by the Sligo Harbour Commission.


In 1972, the facilities in the yard were upgraded

and an overhead crane installed for container traffic.

Timber and oil traffic were the last commodities

to be transported regularly.


The branch now lies mothballed out-of-use


although the top end of the branch, adjacent to the Signal Box,

in recent years has been used as a stabling point for units.




The Sligo Quay Branch


can be seen diverging from the main line

behind the signal box.












The only bridge on the branch

is rather unusual


with a centre steel span over the road

and two very wide footpath stone-arches at either end












Close up of one of the stone footpath arches












A remarkable survivor of the Steam Age


stands amongst the encroaching vegetation

on the Quays Branch.












The large recently-renovated Goods Shed.












As part of the renovation, large photographs

depicting scenes from the past on the Quays


have been inserted in the Window Arches.


Featured above is a railway picture

of a joint IRRS/RCTS tour of the area in 1964.












The massive Overhead Crane and Gantry


installed in 1970 for container traffic

now lies mothballed out-of-use.












A rear view of the crane and gantry



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