Mullingar railway station
A view of the train station and its adjacent carpark, 2015
|Operated by||Iarnród Éireann|
|Opened||October 2, 1848|
Dublin-Sligo main line
The Railway Preservation Society of Ireland have a secondary base in the town. A turntable remains here used by steam locomotives a couple of times a year.
The station opened on 2 October 1848. The Midland Great Western Railway line to Mullingar from Dublin opened in stages from 1846 to 1848, arriving in Mullingar on 2 October 1848. This was to a temporary station, adjacent to the greyhound stadium. The original mainline ran from Dublin (Broadstone) to Galway via Mullingar and Athlone, the Mullingar to Galway section opening in August 1851. The present station opened with the branch line to Longford on 14 December 1855.
There were two secondary stations in Mullingar. Canal Crossing cattle bank was on the Sligo Line and on the Athlone Line, Newbrook racecourse had its own station. This was unique in that it was a two platformed station with both platforms on the Down Line.
Mullingar to Athlone LineEdit
There was a railway line to Athlone but it is now disused. It was part of the Midland Great Western Railway Dublin to Galway intercity service. In 2006, calls were made for the line to Athlone (via Moate) to be reopened to facilitate more services between Galway and Dublin. However, this plan was dropped in favour of creating a new cycling route.
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