IRISH STATIONS

Westport

by

Brian Haworth

Updated: 26/01/2015

 

 

 

 

WESTPORT RAILWAY STATION

 

Westport Station was opened by the Great Northern and Western Railway Company

later to be absorbed by The Midland and Great Western Railway.

 

Westport is the terminus station of a 250 km rail route from Dublin.

and opened on 28th January 1866

 

A branch was subsequently constructed to Westport Quay,

 

which opened 1st January 1875 ,

closed to passenger traffic 14th September 1912,

closed to goods 1st March 1941.

Official final closure date April 1977.

 

Regular excursion traffic used the branch up to this date.

 

The track was lifted in April 1978.

A branch to Achill opened on the 13th May 1895

and closed to both passengers and freight

on 1st October 1937 - final closure.

 

The station boasts two platforms,

Signal Box, Water Tower

 

and the old two-road Engine Shed

is a remarkable survivor

 

 

 

 

 

Running-in board

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taken from the footbridge

the neat, tidy and well-proportioned station

is seen to good effect

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Platform view towards Castlebar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Platform footbridge Midland Great Western Bridge Plate no 798

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Platform view towards the Achill and Westport Quay Branches

both now closed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Westport Signal Box

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View into the Signal Box

from the footbridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waiting shelter

 

The door leads into Westport Station's Railway Museum.

 

Just ask the Station Staff

and they will unlock and accompany you

around this interesting museum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Station Platform Bell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although bereft of tracks

the MGWR two-road Engine Shed still stands

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inside the Museum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flying Snail Logo

 

which was used by Irish Railways

from the early 1940s up until 1964

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Achill Branch Gradient Profiles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Omnibus Timetable

 

 

 

OLD BRADSHAW TIMETABLES

1910

1910

 

 

1922

 

 

1938

 

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