Dublin and Kingstown Railway

Introduction

This was the first railway in Ireland. It runs from Dublin Pearse south east to Dun Laoghaire Malin.





Dates

  /  /1831Dublin and Kingstown Railway
Incorporated. The first railway in Ireland. This was a 4ft 8.5in line. The Act allows the company to buy the Dalkey Quarry Tramway.
11/04/1833Dublin and Kingstown Railway
Construction begins, at Dunleary. Contractor William Dargan.
04/10/1834Dublin and Kingstown Railway
Locomotive ^Vauxhall^ hauls test train from Dublin to Williamstown [Ireland]. First ^engine hospital^ at Serpentine Avenue.
17/12/1834Dublin and Kingstown Railway
Dublin to Dunleary (Kingstown) opened. First train hauled by locomotive ^Hibernia^. Intermediate station at Blackrock.
  /  /1835Dublin and Kingstown Railway
Serpentine Avenue, Sandymount, Sydney Parade, Merrion, Booterstown, Williamstown [Ireland] opened.
  /02/1835Dublin and Kingstown Railway
Serpentine Avenue closed.
  /  /1836Dublin and Kingstown Railway
When the Dock Distillery closes, other distillers contribute to costs of establishing workshops on its site at Lower Grand Canal Street near Dublin station (Grand Canal Street Works). This replaced the original at Serpentine Avenue.
  /  /1837Dublin and Kingstown Railway
Salthill and Monkstown opened.
13/05/1837Dublin and Kingstown Railway
Extended half a mile from original Dunleary terminus located by the west pier to the nearby Kingstown Harbour, closer to the packet station. (Original terminus closed.)
  /  /1839Dublin and Kingstown Railway
Grand Canal Street Works, the company workshops, open.
  /  /1841Dublin and Kingstown Railway
Sandymount, Sydney Parade, Williamstown [Ireland] closed.
09/04/1841Dublin and Kingstown Railway
Company builds its first locomotive, ^Princess^, at the Grand Canal Street Works.
  /09/1842Dalkey Atmospheric Railway (Dublin and Kingstown Railway)
Company to extend south from Kingstown Harbour to Dalkey [1st] using the course of one of the tracks of the granite tramway, Dalkey Quarry Tramway. No Act was required.
29/03/1844Dalkey Atmospheric Railway (Dublin and Kingstown Railway)
2 mile long extension opened from Kingstown Harbour to Dalkey [1st]. This used Samuda and Clegg^s Atmospheric Railway system (later used by Brunel for the South Devon Railway).
  /  /1846Kingstown and Bray Railway
This Dublin and Kingstown Railway promoted line receives its Act.
16/07/1846Waterford, Wexford, Wicklow and Dublin Railway
Act passed. The Act allows the company to lease the Dublin and Kingstown Railway. The line is Great Western Railway (England) supported. (Known as the ^Three W^s.)
09/07/1847Dublin, Dundrum and Rathfarnham Railway
Act passed to allow alteration to the Dublin terminus^ location, closer to Stephen^s Green. Further the company may sell or lease its line to the Waterford, Wexford, Wicklow and Dublin Railway or Dublin and Kingstown Railway.
  /  /1848Dalkey Atmospheric Railway (Dublin and Kingstown Railway)
With the atmospheric line having operational difficulties the Dublin and Kingstown Railway places the locomotive ^Princess^ on the line between 1848 and 1849.
  /  /1851Dublin, Dundrum and Rathfarnham Railway
Taken over and built by the Dublin and Wicklow Railway providing a route independent of the Dublin and Kingstown Railway into Dublin. Contractor William Dargan.
  /  /1854Dublin and Kingstown Railway
Dublin renamed Dublin Westland Row
  /  /1854Dublin and Kingstown Railway
Fine station building built at Kingstown Harbour.
12/04/1854Dalkey Atmospheric Railway (Dublin and Kingstown Railway)
The atmospheric railway between Kingstown Harbour and Dalkey [1st] is closed for conversion of gauge and to conventional operation. Dalkey [1st] closed.
  /  /1855Dublin and Wicklow Railway
Former Dalkey Atmospheric Railway (Dublin and Kingstown Railway), Kingstown Harbour to Dalkey, re-opens as conventional railway. Line extended into Dalkey [2nd] . Kingstown Sandycove opened.
  /  /1856Dublin and Kingstown Railway
Leased by the Dublin and Wicklow Railway. Continues to be operated independently.
39/06/1857Dublin and Kingstown Railway
Gauge converted to 5ft 3in.
23/12/1859Dublin and Kingstown Railway
Siding from Kingstown Harbour to the steamer pier, Carlisle Pier, opened.
  /  /1860Dublin and Kingstown Railway
Sandymount re-opened.
  /  /1861Dublin and Kingstown Railway
Kingstown Harbour renamed Kingstown. Kingstown Sandycove renamed Sandycove.
  /  /1862Dublin and Kingstown Railway
Sandymount, Merrion closed.
  /  /1862Dublin and Kingstown Railway
Sydney Parade re-opened.
  /  /1863Dublin and Kingstown Railway
Seapoint opened.
  /  /1866Dublin and Kingstown Railway
Act authorises a lease of 999 years by the Dublin and Wicklow Railway. Run as a single concern.
  /  /1867Dublin and Kingstown Railway
Glenageary opened.
  /  /1882Dublin and Kingstown Railway
Sandymount, Merrion re-opened.
  /  /1884City of Dublin Junction Railways
Act passed to connect the Dublin and Kingstown Railway to other railways in Dublin (the ^Loop Line^). (Previously opposed by the London and North Western Railway for fear of loss of traffic from the Holyhead to Dublin North Wall route.)
  /  /1893Dublin and Kingstown Railway
Siding laid to the Royal Dublin Society show grounds.
  /  /1901Dublin and Kingstown Railway
Sandymount, Merrion closed.
  /  /1911Dublin and Kingstown Railway
Last locomotive built at Grand Canal Street Works, a total of 46 between 1841 and 1911.
  /  /1921Dublin and Kingstown Railway
Kingstown renamed Dun Laoghaire.
  /  /1925Athenry and Tuam Extension to Claremorris Railway Ballinascarthy and Timoleague Junction Light Railway Ballinrobe and Claremorris Light Railway Baltimore Extension Railway Bantry Extension Railway Cavan and Leitrim Railway City of Dublin Junction Railways Clonakilty Extension Railway Cork and Macroom Direct Railway Cork and Muskerry Light Railway Cork, Blackrock and Passage Railway Cork City Railways Donoughmore Extension Railway Dublin and Kingstown Railway Dublin and South Eastern Railway Great Southern Railway Loughrea and Attymon Light Railway New Ross and Waterford Extension Railway Schull and Skibbereen Light Railway South Clare Railways Southern Railway [Ireland] Timoleague and Courtmacsherry Light Railway Timoleague and Courtmacsherry Extension Light Railway Tralee and Dingle Light Railway Tralee and Fenit Railway Waterford and Tramore Railway West Carbery Tramways and Light Railways West Clare Railway
Merged to become Great Southern Railways.
  /  /1926Dublin and Kingstown Railway
Grand Canal Street Works close.
  /  /1928Dublin and Kingstown Railway
Sandymount, Merrion re-opened.
  /  /1934Dublin and Kingstown Railway
Merrion closed.
  /  /1957Dublin and Kingstown Railway
Single track entry doubled and second platform opened.
  /  /1960Dublin and Kingstown Railway
Sandymount, Sydney Parade, Booterstown closed.
  /  /1960Dublin and Kingstown Railway
Salthill and Monkstown renamed Salthill.
  /  /1960Dublin and Kingstown Railway
Salthill closed.
  /  /1964Dublin and Kingstown Railway
Seapoint renamed Monkstown and Seapoint.
  /  /1966Dublin and Kingstown Railway
Dublin Westland Row renamed Dublin Pearse.
  /  /1966Dublin and Kingstown Railway
Dun Laoghaire renamed Dun Laoghaire Mallin for Michael Mallin.
  /  /1967Dublin and Kingstown Railway
Sandycove renamed Sandycove and Glasthule.
  /  /1971Dublin and Kingstown Railway
Dun Laoghaire Mallin 1854 station building falls out of railway use.
  /  /1971Dublin and Kingstown Railway
Royal Dublin Society show grounds siding (OOU) officially closed.
  /  /1972Dublin and Kingstown Railway
Sydney Parade re-opened.
  /  /1975Dublin and Kingstown Railway
Booterstown re-opened.
10/10/1980Dublin and Kingstown Railway
Carlisle Pier Siding, Kingstown Harbour, closed.
  /  /1984Dublin and Kingstown Railway
Sandymount, Salthill re-opened.
23/07/1984Dublin and Kingstown Railway
Electrified.
  /  /1991Dublin and Kingstown Railway
Monkstown and Seapoint renamed Seapoint. Salthill renamed Salthill and Monkstown.

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

Dublin Pearse station, looking south, on 19th June 2016. ...
David Bosher 19/06/2016
Dublin Pearse station, looking north, on 19th June 2016. ...
David Bosher 19/06/2016
A Dart service to Greystones stands at Dublin (Pearse) platform 2 on 19 January 2014. ...
John Steven 19/01/2014
A DART service to Howth awaiting its departure time at Dublin Pearse on 19 January 2014. ...
John Steven 19/01/2014
Cab view on an evening train from Wicklow heading towards the Dublin sunset in summer 1976. Earlier, at a pub near the Wicklow terminus, the ...
David Spaven //1976