The Cavan & Leitrim Railway

Roger Farnworth Apr 27, 2019

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    The Extension

    I have started work on a study of the Cavan and Leitrim Railway and hopefully the first post on the two main lines will be ready soon. While I was reading various sources on-line and Patrick Flanagan's book about the line, I became aware of a series of attempts to extend the tramway which ran from Ballinamore to Arigna through to Sligo. None of these attempts was successful.

    In the end an extension line was built to aid transport of coal from the Arigna mines down to the tramway station. This extension was under 5 miles in length and was soon truncated to a much shorter version. It was known as the Arigna Valley Railway.

    The story is worth reading. For much of it I am indebted to Patrick Flanagan and his contributions are referenced throughout.

    http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/04/26/the-cavan-leitrim-railway-arigna-valley-railway
     
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    What is the profile of "fish bellied rails?"
     
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    Hi BoxcabE50



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    I hope this picture helps.

    Best wishes

    Roger
     
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    That is certainly a unique rail and structure. Nice to know a portion exists to be viewed.
     
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    Wow, I wonder how they kept it in gauge? Did the sleepers go all the way across, or look just like this, in parallel?
     
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    Just like that in parallel spanning between stone bocks keyed into the ground.
     
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    This is first of the main series of posts about the Cavan & Leitrim Railway. I have enjoyed reading Patrick Flanagan's little book published by Pan. It is rather dog-eared and falling apart now. The text of the book has helped me explore the line, even though I have done so from my armchair. References to the text of his book abound, and these are all credited in the blog.

    http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/05/0...-a-short-history-and-a-look-at-dromod-station

    In this post we review the history of the line and then, with the aid of a good few pictures, we look round Dromod Station as it was.
     
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    Is the Mohill station abandoned? If not, it does not seem well kept.
     
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    Hi. It is not used as a station. There is a short video about it being used as an arts venue. Some pod the recent pictures were taken by a local who plans to model the station.

    The preservation society/museum based in Dromod may well have the Mohill station as their longterm terminus.
     
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    Yes, I did understand that fact. It just looked unattended, and as a fan of any railroad station, no matter the ownership or use, I always worry about such conditions leading to their demise.
     
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    Great video. The infrastructure appears to still be in decent condition, at that date. The black car appears to be chasing that train. Is that the source for those stills?

    That water column in the first photo is interesting. It appears to be wrapped, perhaps in rope? Some sort of insulation against cold weather?
     
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    Both good questions! Sadly, I do not know the answer. There are stills taken from the video.
     

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