Great Northern and Western Railway

Introduction

The route of this former railway company is still open between Athlone [MGWR] and Westport.






Dates

  /  /1857Great Northern and Western Railway
Incorporated. Backed by Lord Lucan and managed from London.
  /  /1859Great Northern and Western Railway
Act authorises Castlerea to Castlebar.
  /  /1859Sligo Branch (Midland Great Western Railway)
Deviation Act for the 1857 Sligo branch Act, for avoidance of mid-Roscommon (Great Northern and Western Railway territory).
  /  /1860Great Northern and Western Railway
Opened from Athlone [MGWR] (Midland Great Western Railway) to Roscommon.
  /  /1860Great Northern and Western Railway
Extended from Roscommon to Castlerea.
  /  /1861Great Northern and Western Railway
Extended from Castlerea to Ballyhaunis.
  /  /1861Great Northern and Western Railway
Act authorises Castlebar to Westport Quay.
  /  /1862Great Northern and Western Railway
Extended from Ballyhaunis to Claremorris and Castlebar.
  /  /1862Ballina Branch (Great Northern and Western Railway)
Act authorises Ballina branch.
  /  /1862Great Northern and Western Railway
Work on Westport extension commenced.
  /  /1866Great Northern and Western Railway
Line extended from Castlebar to Westport.
  /  /1868Ballina Branch (Great Northern and Western Railway)
Manulla Junction (Great Northern and Western Railway) to Foxford opened.
  /  /1873Ballina Branch (Great Northern and Western Railway)
Extended from Foxford to Ballina.
19/11/1873Great Northern and Western Railway
Line extended from Westport to Westport Quay.
  /  /1879Great Northern and Western Railway
Athlone to Roscommon doubled.
  /  /1889Great Northern and Western Railway
Westport Quay sees only seasonal use.
  /  /1890Claremorris and Swinford Railway Collooney and Swinford Railway Sligo Branch (Waterford and Limerick Railway)
Light railway companies created for the Waterford and Limerick Railway to complete from Claremorris (Great Northern and Western Railway)to Sligo Collooney Junction (Midland Great Western Railway). Initially proposed by the Sligo, Leitrim and North Counties Railway.
01/07/1890Great Northern and Western Railway
Absorbed by Midland Great Western Railway.
  /  /1892Great Northern and Western Railway
Claremorris rebuilding commences, enlarging the station from one platform to have a loop and sidings.
  /  /1892Ballinrobe and Claremorris Light Railway
Line opened from Claremorris (Great Northern and Western Railway) to Ballinrobe.
  /  /1893Killala Extension (Great Northern and Western Railway)
Line opened from Ballina (Ballina Branch (Great Northern and Western Railway)) to Kallala.
  /  /1894Great Northern and Western Railway
Claremorris further expanded in anticipation of the Waterford and Limerick Railway supported Claremorris to Sligo route opening.
  /  /1894Westport and Mullaranny Railway
Railway opened from Westport (former Great Northern and Western Railway) to Newport [Mayo] and Mullaranny [1st].
  /  /1894Athenry and Tuam Extension to Claremorris Railway
Opened from Tuam (Athenry and Tuam Railway) to temporary terminus at Claremorris near the Great Northern and Western Railway.
  /  /1895Claremorris and Swinford Railway Collooney and Swinford Railway Sligo Branch (Waterford and Limerick Railway)
Sligo branch of the Waterford and Limerick Railway opened from Claremorris terminus ([Athenry and Tuam Extension to Claremorris Railway]]) to Claremorris (Great Northern and Western Railway) and on to Collooney Junction (Midland Great Western Railway), Sligo.
  /  /1912Great Northern and Western Railway
Closed to regular traffic.
  /  /1930Great Northern and Western Railway
Athlon West Junction to Knockcroghery singled.
  /  /1931Killala Extension (Great Northern and Western Railway)
Regular trains withdrawn.
  /  /1931Great Northern and Western Railway
Knockcroghery to Roscommon singled.
  /  /1934Killala Extension (Great Northern and Western Railway)
Line closed.
  /  /1952Great Northern and Western Railway
Due to rising pilgrimage traffic, a third platform is provided by converting the westbound platform into an island.

Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.

Athlone to Westport

Scene at Roscommon in 1988. ...
Bill Roberton //1988
The box at the end of the platform. Ballyhaunis station, Co. Mayo, 1988. ...
Ian Dinmore //1988
CIE 151 with a train at Claremorris in 1988. ...
Bill Roberton //1988
Inside Claremorris signal box in 1988. ...
Ian Dinmore //1988
Arrival at Claremorris in April 1996. ...
Ian Dinmore /04/1996
CIE 159 stands at the buffer stops at the end of the platform at Claremorris in 1988. ...
Bill Roberton //1988
Passing through the closed station at Balla, County Mayo (closed to passengers in 1963) on a train heading for Ballina in 1988. ...
Bill Roberton //1988
Driver climbs aboard 076 at the head of a train at Westport, Co Mayo in 1988. ...
Bill Roberton //1988
Looking back towards the station at Westport in 1988. The CIEs County Mayo terminus stands in the middle distance beyond the goods and former ...
Bill Roberton //1988
Approaching Westport, County Mayo, in 1988. ...
Bill Roberton //1988
The former locomotive shed and turntable at Westport, County Mayo in 1988. ...
Bill Roberton //1988