Tralee railway station
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Tralee railway station in 2006
|Location||North Circular Road, Tralee|
Republic of Ireland
|Owned by||Iarnród Éireann|
|Operated by||Iarnród Éireann|
|Original company||Great Southern and Western Railway|
Tralee and Dingle Light Railway
|Pre-grouping||Great Southern and Western Railway|
|Post-grouping||Great Southern Railways|
|1859||Station opened as Tralee South|
|1966||Renamed as Casement Station|
To the casual observer, Tralee station rather resembles that at Killarney with the main station buildings lying south of the main line, with a short overall roof covering part of the main platform and the run-round loop. There is also a shorter bay platform serving the south face of the main platform stopping short of the main building. A platform canopy covers part of both platforms 1 and 2 east of the main building and overall roof. Both platforms were considerably extended in 1979, being commissioned on 1 August that year.
Until recently there was an active container terminal and freight yard opposite the main station. This survives for permanent Way trains and the storage of redundant equipment. The yard opposite the passenger station was built in the late 1970s on the site of the original freight yard and engine shed to replace a larger yard alongside the former Tralee-Fenit and Tralee-Limerick line west of the passenger station. The Tralee-Fenit line survives in an overgrown condition. The rest of the site has been cleared and sold for redevelopment. It is the most westerly railway station in Europe.
Tralee is served by 7–8 trains each weekday. There is a slightly reduced service on Sundays.
The station, originally named Tralee South, was opened on 18 July 1859. A serious accident occurred at the station at 6.20 am on 24 April 1901. The 2.30 am Mallow to Tralee mail goods train failed to stop, and ran into the buffer stops at a speed estimated at between 25 and 30 mph. The driver of the train and a guard who had been travelling on the footplate were killed instantly. The fireman died a few hours later.
- "Tralee station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-09-04.
- http://www.railwaysarchive.co.uk/documents/BoT_Tralee1901.pdf[full citation needed]