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Visiting Ballyvaughan and Galway, Ireland. Pics of Athenry Station. Note the old water tower for the steam trains of the last era. Note lack of electrification of the line. Diesel trains run from Dublin to Galway.

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Visiting Ballyvaughan and Galway, Ireland. Pics of Athenry Station. Note the old water tower for the steam trains of the last era. Note lack of electrification of the line. Diesel trains run from Dublin to Galway.

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Great pic!

Look at the detailing on the bridge's metal work, the arch mirroring the stone bridge just down the platform..............sure it needs a coat of paint, but I just love the thoughtful design. Not overly frufru or elaborate, but like someone was paying attention and knew their design would be seen for a generation or more.

That could be done in a factory these days and craned in whole.

The light poles seem a bit regrettable though.
 
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I was also drawn to that bridge. It was gated off, likely as to yesterday's era construction not meeting today's safety standards. I love old train stations, this one reminded me of the trains on the Isle of Wight.
 
I didn't know Ireland ran an unique gauge.
According to Wiki it dates from 1846: "The Railway Regulation (Gauge) Act was enacted by the United Kingdom Parliament on 18 August 1846.[1] It mandated standard gauges of 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) for Great Britain, and 5 ft 3 in (1,600 mm) for Ireland. The 7 ft (2,134 mm) gauge, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel when engineering the Great Western Railway, was limited to the south west of England and Wales. The law stated that these railways "shall be constructed on the Gauge of Seven Feet". This isolation ultimately marked the end for Brunel's 7 ft broad gauge system. " There are some railways in Australia, built by Irish rail engineers, that also use 5' 3""

Though both Irish Rail (Iarnród Éireann) and Northern Ireland Railways use this standard gauge there are also several narrow gauge railways in Ireland. - some run by 'heritage groups' others as working industrial rail tracks.
 

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