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Why Isn't Killarney Terminal a Through Station?

  • 22-09-2021 4:46pm
    Registered Users Posts: 326 ✭✭

    Surely closing the existing station and moving to a new station a few hundred meters to create a run through to Tralee should have happened by now?


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,283 ✭✭✭Shedite27

    Seems like very little benefit for the effort

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,590 ✭✭✭AngryLips

    The same could be said about Kilkenny

  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 64,954 Mod ✭✭✭✭L1011

    There's nowhere to move Kilkenny to to make it a through station (again - it was until the 60s) as it is quite some distance at Lavistown

    Killarney could be moved but it doesn't make sense as explained above. It was never a through station, that's the way the Tralee line was built. All the services are DMU or push-pull so the safety risk of driving a loco hauled train from the rear during the reverse manoeuvres are gone now

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,100 ✭✭✭hi5

    Kilkenny station was originally designed as part of the Waterford to Midlands line via Portlaoise and on to Mullingar (it only got as far as Mountmelick)

    It was later linked to Carlow.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 930 ✭✭✭riddlinrussell

    In answer to the actual 'why' of Killarney Station not being on the main Tralee-Mallow Line, is it due to it originally being a through station towards Glenbeigh, was it built first as a terminus and then line extended to Tralee, or just some Victorian weirdness?

  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 64,954 Mod ✭✭✭✭L1011

    It was first built as a terminus and the line was later extended. It was never a through station.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,077 ✭✭✭theguzman

    The building of the new cinema in my view is a typical example of how there is no proper planning in Ireland as was the sale and privation of the freight yard in Killarney into the white elephant outlet centre. A shopping centre around 60% occupied since day one with the upstairs mainly empty.

    A new station should have build on the Tralee line where the carpark of the new cinema now stands, that section could have been double tracked and use it as a direct route cutting alot of time off each service. The only thing I could see stopping it would the incline, the curve should not be an issue as you can see in similar curved stations like Newry. Millstreet station should be given an additional platform to utilise the passing loop and this would help cut down on delays alot as trains do often have to wait in either Banteer or Rathmore if there is a delay. Since Ryanair took over the Farranfore - Dublin flight alot of people in West Kerry, Tralee etc are opting to fly instead of spendinf 4+ hours on the DMU which are not at all comfortable. I often went Killarney to Heuston 3-4 times return a week before and always would prefer the Mark 4 for passenger comfort, opting for the 17:00 to Cork and swap at Mallow instead of taking the 17:05 DMU to Tralee with the additional stops down along. If going to Dublin Airport nowadays I use the Dublin coach instead.