and what it used to look like
and as I was looking for a photo, I came across this..
which while not exactly what this thread is for, might be of interest to some.
Re the Garrycastle bridge.
I presume this article refers:
Interesting comment from Irish Rail there. I wasn't aware bridge headroom was a problem on THAT line... at least not since 1987.
The problemm wasn't / isn't with the existing bridge.
The design of the replacement bridge was too low.
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.
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.
Described at bottom of this:
And here, looking a lot less photogenic:
It's located here:
While this is a fake clapper bridge, there will have been older bridges. http://www.monasette.com/blog/gallery/bunlahinch/index.htm
Here's one, built in 1849. It partly collapsed a few years ago after a Limerick to Waterford train passed over it:
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.
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:
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.
Cahir 1955 is referred to in the 2003 report http://www.raiu.ie/uploads/raiu/cahir_viaduct.pdfThey 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
That's the old bridge. The new one is to be to the East of that one. Plans here.
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.