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last scheduled train operated on the Navan-Kingscourt line on Tuesday 30
October. The line was built by the Navan & Kingscourt Railway. The Navan
Junction-Kilmainham Wood section was opened in 1872 and the Kilmainham Wood-Kingscourt
section in 1875. It was worked from the start by the MGWR via Clonsilla and
leased by that company in 1875. Following the closure of the Clonsilla-Navan
Junction line in 1963, all trains operated via the Navan-Drogheda line.
For most of its recent life, the line has seen a Monday-Friday gypsum train, with traffic for the cement factories at Platin (Drogheda) and Castlemungret (Limerick). However, following the ILDA train drivers’ dispute, Kingscourt-Drogheda traffic was largely transferred to road and traffic on the line had dropped from the daily train to a weekly train operating to the Limerick factory. The normal train was 20 four-wheel wagons hauled by a pair of small GM locos and was scheduled to depart Drogheda empty at 05.35 and arrive in Kingscourt at 08.00. The laden train was scheduled to depart Kingscourt at 10.45 and arrive back in Drogheda at 13.12. Limerick trains were worked later to Dublin and ran from there to Limerick as either dedicated trains or as part of other liner trains. A stockpile of gypsum ore was kept in a semi-enclosed shed on the Navan side of the derelict station building and loading was by means of a large front-end loader.
the Last Train at Kingscourt on 30th October 2001
without reversion to Electric Train Staff’, more commonly known as ‘Single
Engine in Steam’. The driver collected the large staff in Navan along with a
Navan-Tara Junction miniature staff. Both were used by the train guard to
operate the ground frame at Tara Junction to access the Kingscourt line. The
Tara Junction-Kingscourt line was the last line in Ireland to regularly use the
large staff. The Navan-Tara Junction staff was then deposited in an instrument
at the Junction to allow Navan-Tara Mines staffs be obtained for working to and
from the mines while the ‘branch train’ was locked in.
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