Cork and Youghal Railway

Introduction

This line runs south east from Cork Kent to Cobh. The branch to Youghal, originally the main line, is largely closed but reopened as far as Midleton in 2009.






Dates

  /  /1854Cork and Youghal Railway
Incorporated.
  /  /1855Cork and Youghal Railway
Act for a branch to Queenstown.
  /  /1859Cork and Youghal Railway
Opened from Dunkettle to Midleton.
27/02/1860Cork and Youghal Railway
Extended from Midleton to Killeagh.
23/05/1860Cork and Youghal Railway
Extended to Killeagh to Youghal.
01/10/1860Cork and Youghal Railway
Extended from Dunkettle to Tivoli to Cork [Bruin Lodge], the latter station being a temporary terminus reached by horse tramway from Tivoli.
  /05/1861Cork and Youghal Railway
Closed between Tivoli and Cork [Bruin Lodge] to replace temporary line.
30/12/1861Cork and Youghal Railway
Re-opened from Tivoli to new Cork [Summerhill] terminus.
  /  /1862Cork and Youghal Railway
Doubled from Cork Summerhill to Tivoli.
10/03/1862Cork and Youghal Railway
Queenstown Junction to Queenstown opened.
01/04/1865Cork and Youghal Railway
Operated by Great Southern and Western Railway.
01/07/1866Cork and Youghal Railway
Absorbed by Great Southern and Western Railway
  /  /1867Cork and Youghal Railway
Doubled from Tivoli to Dunkettle.
  /  /1868Cork and Youghal Railway
Doubled from Dunkettle to Queenstown Junction.
  /12/1868Great Southern and Western Railway Cork and Youghal Railway
Goods diverted from Cork [Summerhill] to Cork Glanmire.
03/01/1869Great Southern and Western Railway Cork and Youghal Railway
Connection put in between the lines in Cork between Cork Glanmire and Grattan Hill Junction, used by mail trains.
  /  /1871Cork and Youghal Railway
Cork [Summerhill] renamed Cork Summerhill.
  /05/1873Great Southern and Western Railway Cork and Youghal Railway
Permanent junction put in at Cork Glanmire.
01/01/1876Great Southern and Western Railway Cork and Youghal Railway
With a permanent junction put in passenger trains commence using the connection in Cork Glanmire.
  /  /1882Cork and Youghal Railway
Queenstown Junction to Queenstown doubled.
  /  /1889Cork and Youghal Railway
Queenstown rebuilt and line extended a little.
  /  /1890Great Southern and Western Railway
Marsh by Cork Glanmire and Lower Glanmire Road recovered to allow a connecting line to the Cork and Youghal Railway to be laid.
01/02/1893Great Southern and Western Railway
New Cork Glanmire Road station trainshed opened with curving platforms and connecting line to the Cork and Youghal Railway, replacing Cork Glanmire.
  /  /1896Cork and Youghal Railway
Queenstown Junction rebuilt to make Queenstown the main line and allow faster running. Youghal becomes the branch.
08/08/1922Cork and Youghal Railway
Dublin to Queenstown through trains withdrawn when viaducts approaching Great Island are blown up.
14/07/1924Cork and Youghal Railway
Queenstown renamed Cobh.
  /  /1927Cork and Youghal Railway
Annual train to Cork [Summerhill] withdrawn.
25/09/1928Cork and Youghal Railway
Queenstown Junction renamed Cobh Junction.
  /  /1963Cork and Youghal Railway
Youghal branch closed to passengers.
  /  /1971Cork and Youghal Railway
Cork [Summerhill] formally closed.
  /  /1973Cork and Youghal Railway
Oil sidings laid in at Tivoli.
  /  /1975Cork and Youghal Railway
Container depot built at North Esk.
  /  /1978Cork and Youghal Railway
Cork to Youghal and Cobh closed to goods.
  /  /1980Cork and Youghal Railway
Ammonia plant sidings laid in at Marino Point.
30/08/1982Cork and Youghal Railway
Youghal summer specials withdrawn.
  /  /1988Cork and Youghal Railway
Final tour to Youghal.
  /  /1992Cork and Youghal Railway
Seven miles of track lifted between Midleton and Youghal for reuse in Sligo.
  /  /1994Cork and Youghal Railway
Cobh Junction renamed Glounthaune.
26/05/2009Cork and Youghal Railway
Re-opened between Glounthaune and Midleton.

Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.

Cork to Youghal

The original route of the line.

This picture shows the former Cork Summerhill station site, (opened 1861 serving Youghal) above the Great Southern & Western Railway mainline tunnel ...
Mark Poustie 05/05/2019
Summerhill Station in Cork, looking west to the bufferstops and the likely site of the Cork and Youghal Railway station buildings on 5th May 2019.
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Mark Poustie 05/05/2019
Looking east along the formation of the Youghal to Cork Summerhill (behind the camera) line of the Cork & Youghal railway in 1988. This was taken ...
Bill Roberton //1988
Summerhill Station in Cork, looking east towards Tivoli and Youghal on 5th May 2019. This station was opened in 1861 for standard Irish gauge trains ...
Mark Poustie 05/05/2019
Looking back over the old turntable towards the former station at Youghal, Co Cork, in April 1994, more than 30 years after closure. ...
Ian Dinmore /04/1994
The former station at Youghal, Co Cork, in April 1994. The station lost its passenger service in 1963. ...
Ian Dinmore 12/04/1994


Cobh Branch

The main line since 1896, with the Youghal route becoming the branch. Cobh station was known as Queenstown on the line^s opening.

Cork & Youghal Railway. Cobh Heritage Centre (formerly Cobh station) Interior. 31 January 2019. ...
Mark Poustie 31/01/2019
Cork & Youghal Railway. Former frontage of Cobh (formerly Queenstown station), now the very interesting Cobh Heritage Centre. The arrangement is ...
Mark Poustie 31/01/2019
Cork & Youghal Railway. Cobh Station. A 2 car Class 2600 DMU has just arrived with the 15.00 from Cork Kent and will return there at 15.30. 31 ...
Mark Poustie 31/01/2019
Cork & Youghal Railway. Present day Cobh station with the track now stopping short of Cobh Heritage Centre beyond. Although the line from Cork is ...
Mark Poustie 31/01/2019


Glanmire link

Cork Kent. Class 2600 DMU at rest in Platform 3, used for Cobh and Midleton trains. 31 January 2019. ...
Mark Poustie 31/01/2019
Cork Kent (formerly Glanmire Road) Station.On a plinth at the station is former Great Southern & Western Railway 2-2-2 No.36 built in Liverpool in ...
Mark Poustie 02/02/2019
CIE 133 stands in the yards at Cork in 1988. ...
Bill Roberton //1988
CIE 056 stands at the buffer stops in Cork station with parcels vans in 1988. ...
Bill Roberton //1988