Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours [Ireland]

Introduction

Much of this line, between Rosslare Strand and Waterford, is mothballed and not in use.

This was the Irish portion of the Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours company line, there also being a portion in Wales. The company took over the Waterford and Wexford Railway which it re-opened, also expanding and rebuilding Rosslare Harbour [Pier].

The line had two large viaducts, Suir Viaduct (out of use) and Barrow Viaduct (on the mothballed section).




Dates

  /  /1894Fishguard Bay Railway and Pier Co
Act authorises absorption of the Waterford and Wexford Railway. Combination to be named Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours. Waterford and Wexford Railway re-opened from Wexford to Rosslare Harbour [1st]. (See also Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours [Ireland].)
  /  /1895Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours
Authorisation to operate steamers between Fishguard Harbour and Rosslare Pier. (See also Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours [Ireland].)
  /  /1897New Ross and Waterford Line (Dublin, Wicklow and Wexford Railway)
Act for Dublin, Wicklow and Wexford Railway branch, supported by the Waterford, Limerick and Western Railway and proposed Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours. (See also Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours [Ireland].)
  /  /1898Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours
Incorporated. (See also Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours [Ireland].)
  /  /1898Fermoy and Lismore Railway
Absorbed by Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours. (See also Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours [Ireland].)
  /  /1898Waterford and Wexford Railway
Absorbed by Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours. (See also Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours [Ireland].)
  /  /1898Waterford, Dungarvan and Lismore Railway
Absorbed by Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours. (See also Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours [Ireland].)
  /  /1898Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours
Absorbed by Great Western Railway. (See also Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours [Ireland].)
  /  /1898New Ross and Waterford Line (Dublin, Wicklow and Wexford Railway)
Support of the Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours withdrawn when absortbed by the Great Western Railway. (See also Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours [Ireland].)
  /  /1898Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours
Contract for the ^South Wexford Line^ to Robert McAlpine to build the line from Rosslare to Abbey Junction [Waterford], with a curve from Killinick to Felthouse Junction (Waterford and Wexford Railway) and the connection from Suirbridge Junction to Grace Dieu Junction west of Waterford. Large bridges required: Suir Viaduct (1,210ft) and Barrow Viaduct (2,131ft, Ireland^s longest bridge). Rosslare Pier to be extended by Charles Brand of Glasgow. (See also Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours [Ireland].)
01/08/1906Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours
Opened for local service from Waterford to Wexford. (See also Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours [Ireland].)
30/08/1906Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours
New line opened fully. New Boat Train service and connecting steamers begins. Suirbridge Junction (north bank) to Grace Dieu Junction (south bank) opened along with the 1,205ft Suir Viaduct. (See also Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours [Ireland].)
  /  /1910Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours
Waterford to Wexford service altered to run via Rosslare Strand (requiring a reversal in Rosslare). Killinick to Felthouse Junction falls out of use. (See also Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours [Ireland].)
  /  /1911Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours
Killinick to Felthouse Junction closed. (See also Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours [Ireland].)
  /  /1917Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours
Steamer service withdrawn. (See also Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours [Ireland].)
  /07/1922Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours
Taylorstown Viaduct blown up. (See also Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours [Ireland].)
  /02/1923Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours
Barrow Viaduct not usable after bridge sabotaged by removal of a vital component of the control mechanism. (See also Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours [Ireland].)
17/09/1923Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours
Steamer service restarts. Rosslare to Waterford not re-opened as Taylorstown Viaduct not yet replaced and Barrow Viaduct not usable. (See also Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours [Ireland].)
01/01/1924Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours
Re-opened between Rosslare and Waterford. (See also Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours [Ireland].)
13/06/1941Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours
Loss of SS St Patrick on service from Rosslare Pier to Fishguard Harbour when bombed by German aircraft. Steamer service withdrawn in November. (See also Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours [Ireland].)
  /11/1941Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours
Fishguard Harbour to Rosslare Pier steamers withdrawn. (See also Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours [Ireland].)
  /12/1941Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours
Brief Christmas only resumption of Fishguard Harbour to Rosslare Pier steamer service. (See also Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours [Ireland].)
  /12/1943Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours
Brief Christmas only resumption of Fishguard Harbour to Rosslare Pier steamer service. (See also Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours [Ireland].)
14/01/1944Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours
Fishguard Harbour to Waterford steamer service withdrawn. (See also Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours [Ireland].)
  /12/1944Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours
Brief Christmas only resumption of Fishguard Harbour to Waterford steamer service. (See also Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours [Ireland].)
16/07/1945Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours
Fishguard Harbour to Waterford steamer service restored. (See also Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours [Ireland].)
23/05/1947Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours
Fishguard Harbour to Rosslare Pier steamer service restored. (See also Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours [Ireland].)
  /  /1962Waterford and Wexford Railway Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours
Vehicular traffic commences at Rosslare Pier, a crane being used for unloading. (See also Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours [Ireland].)
23/05/1965Waterford and Wexford Railway Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours
Rosslare Pier and harbour altered to allow handling of vehicular traffic. Motorail service introduced. (See also Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours [Ireland].)
  /  /1966Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours
Temporary Kilmokea station opened for construction of Great Island Power Station. (See also Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours [Ireland].)
  /  /1969Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours
Bellferry container traffic handled at sidings by Abbey Junction [Waterford]. (See also Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours [Ireland].)
07/04/1986Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours
Barrow Viaduct hit by vessel and line closed for three months. (See also Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours [Ireland].)
  /  /1989Waterford and Wexford Railway Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours
New terminal opened at Rosslare Harbour. Rosslare Harbour [Pier] and Rosslare Harbour [1st] (closed 1977) stations replaced by new Rosslare Harbour [2nd] station. (See also Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours [Ireland].)
  /  /1993Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours
New container sidings, Belview Sidings, opened. (See also Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours [Ireland].)
  /  /2008Waterford and Wexford Railway Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours
Rosslare Europort opened, on the site of the stabling sidings and turntable line, to replace Rosslare Harbour [2nd]. (See also Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours [Ireland].)
18/09/2010Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours
Closed to passengers between Waterford and Rosslare Strand. Bridgetown [Wexford], Wellingtonbridge, Ballycullane and Campile closed. (See also Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours [Ireland].)

Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.

Rosslare Harbour

The railway pier at Rosslare Harbour was completely rebuilt for the opening of the line. A proper station was opened at the head of the pier.

This station was located at the end of Rosslare Pier. It was replaced in 1989 by Rosslare Harbour [2nd], a little further south.
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Rosslare to Waterford

Sleeper service (?) at Rosslare Strand, seen from a Waterford - Rosslare Harbour train which had just come off the now-closed direct line (since ...
Bill Roberton /06/1993
The signal box at the end of the platform - scene at Wellington Bridge station, County Wexford, in 1993. ...
Bill Roberton //1993


River Suir Viaduct



Felthouse Junction to Killinick