dowlingm Registered User
#257

Re the Garrycastle bridge.

I presume this article refers:
http://www.westmeathindependent.ie/news/roundup/articles/2011/02/09/4003057-shortfall-of-375m-in-funding-for-garrycastle-bridge-/

Interesting comment from Irish Rail there. I wasn't aware bridge headroom was a problem on THAT line... at least not since 1987.

whyulittle Registered User
#258

The problemm wasn't / isn't with the existing bridge.

The design of the replacement bridge was too low.

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L1011 Moderator
#259

I'm amazed they're bothering to protect the loading gauge there, first bit of proactiveness from IE in that regard I've ever seen.

jmkennedyie Registered User
#260

Sorry don't have my own pic of it but don't think the bridge known at least locally as the 'oldest bridge in Ireland' was mentioned yet?

King John's Bridge, Lucan.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/stuiecarrick/4262456908/

Described at bottom of this:
http://parks.southdublin.ie/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=74&Itemid=134

And here, looking a lot less photogenic:
http://www.rpa.ie/en/rpa/archaeology/Pages/LuasLucan.aspx

It's located here:
http://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=53.348678&mlon=-6.439212&zoom=18&layers=M

Victor Registered User
#261

jmkennedyie said:
Sorry don't have my own pic of it but don't think the bridge known at least locally as the 'oldest bridge in Ireland' was mentioned yet?
Possibly not true.

While this is a fake clapper bridge, there will have been older bridges. http://www.monasette.com/blog/gallery/bunlahinch/index.htm

http://www.buildingsofireland.com/niah/search.jsp?type=images&county=NC&regno=20901724

http://www.geograph.ie/photo/981065

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#262

Here's one, built in 1849. It partly collapsed a few years ago after a Limerick to Waterford train passed over it:













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#263

Cahir was the scene of a more serious accident in 1955 when a beet train fell through the floor of the viaduct killing the driver and fireman. http://www.tipperarystar.ie/news/cahir_railway_tragedy_remembered_1_2255576 There is a plaque in the station commemorating the event.

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#264

Fairly bad photo here of the bridge over the Suir in Cahir. Dates from approximately 1700 and carried the N24 until October 2007. I'll try to get a better photo from the base of the castle at some stage:



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#265

The exact cause of the 1955 Cahir Accident remains shrouded in mystery to this day due to the death of the driver and fireman. The Inquiry report is available online - somewhere - but for now I include a link to the Limerick Leader from the day after the crash which may be of interest. http://limerickcity.ie/media/Disaster%2013.pdf

I lived in the old schoolhouse, overlooking the East end of the viaduct, during the early 1990's and during that time there was yet another accident in the immediate vicinity. That time it was a Limerick bound cement train, I think, but it cleared the viaduct before derailing and many of the wagons ending up in nearby fields.

#266

Judgement Day said:
The exact cause of the 1955 Cahir Accident remains shrouded in mystery to this day due to the death of the driver and fireman. The Inquiry report is available online - somewhere - but for now I include a link to the Limerick Leader from the day after the crash which may be of interest. http://limerickcity.ie/media/Disaster%2013.pdf

I lived in the old schoolhouse, overlooking the East end of the viaduct, during the early 1990's and during that time there was yet another accident in the immediate vicinity. That time it was a Limerick bound cement train, I think, but it cleared the viaduct before derailing and many of the wagons ending up in nearby fields.


I'd never heard anything about that crash ere you mentioned it. I'll try to get a photo of the plaque on the wall of the railway station over the next week or two.

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Victor Registered User
#267

Cahir 1955 is referred to in the 2003 report http://www.raiu.ie/uploads/raiu/cahir_viaduct.pdf

MYOB said:
I'm amazed they're bothering to protect the loading gauge there, first bit of proactiveness from IE in that regard I've ever seen.
They have gradually been increasing the height of a large number of bridges, so that trains can carry higher containers.

Is this the bridge? http://maps.google.ie/maps?q=Garrycastle+Cottages,+Athlone,+County+West+Meath&hl=en&ll=53.422781,-7.90153&spn=0.00771,0.022724&sll=53.401034,-8.307638&sspn=7.904187,23.269043&geocode=Fd0tLwMdvXiH_w&z=16&layer=c&cbll=53.422698,-7.90156&panoid=7nHJdOgXYz9wBdcQQaRGTw&cbp=12,179.08,,0,25.39

Zubeneschamali Registered User
#268

Victor said:
Is this the bridge?


That's the old bridge. The new one is to be to the East of that one. Plans here.

L1011 Moderator
#269



Its on a "closed" line Victor, hence my incredulousness.

Zubeneschamali Registered User
#270

MYOB said:
Its on a "closed" line Victor, hence my incredulousness.


I seem to remember CIE holding up the M6 motorway near Galway, when they insisted that the motorway bridge over the single track had to be wide enough for any possible future double track from Dublin to Galway.

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