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Athlone Southern Station and The CIE Worldview

  • 29-07-2022 10:28pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 326 ✭✭


    I had a half hour to kill today in Athlone waiting for the train so I had a look around the Southern Station and you can clearly see how it was designed to be a terminus station back in the late 1990s when it was reopened. Everything wrong with CIE is all there to behold. They killed off the very useful Moate line and put in extra platforms for train turnback. All designed to close the lines to Galway, Westport and Ballina.

    Yesterday I also beheld the sorry state of the old station. Falling to bits and should be repopend as it is a long walk from the Southern Station to historic core of the town. Athlone could easily support two stations. You also can't help but look at the incoming line from Mullingar and thinking how useful that would be.

    CIE was some joke.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,516 ✭✭✭Economics101


    It is totally wrong to say that the Southern station was ever intended as a terminus. Routing Galway and Mayo trains via Portarlington and Athlone South gave a faster service. The Midland Route via Moate would be totally incapable of handling anything like the present level of services to the West.



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