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Where: Wicklow, Ireland

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When: 17 March 1959

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Grange Con railway station in Co. Wicklow, which was probably never a hive of activity, appears to have been abandoned to the goats. I wonder what it looks like today?

As per the links provided in the comments, while the station is long closed, the station buildings live on as a set of stables. (For horses presumably. Rather than goats….)


Photographer: James P. O'Dea

Collection: James P. O'Dea

Date: 17 March 1959

NLI Ref.: ODEA 9/23

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    abandoned railways

    • 20/May/2019 08:11:44

    Grange Con opened on 01.09.1885, Closed to passengers on 27.01.1947, closed to Goods on 10.03.1947 and the final closure on 01.04.1959. During the 'Emergency' it closed from to passengers form 24.04.1944 to 10.12.1945.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 20/May/2019 08:12:01

    GeoHive 25" map In this streetview you can see that the buildings on this site now are called RAILWAY STABLES Eiretrains says the station and whole branch line to Tullow closed completely in 1959, so I think this must be early 60s, the tracks are not overgrown yet.

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    abandoned railways

    • 20/May/2019 08:14:05

    www.google.ie/maps/place/Grangecon+Parks,+Grangecon,+Co.+...

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    billowy room

    • 20/May/2019 08:21:46

    Here are some modern day photos eiretrains.com/Photo_Gallery/Railway%20Stations%20G/Grang...

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    Dr. Ilia

    • 21/May/2019 08:00:05

    good shot

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    abandoned railways

    • 21/May/2019 12:00:12

    Is the small building a ticket office or a loo.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 24/May/2019 16:26:41

    Thanks all! Rather than the goats we see here (or the horses we might encounter in Grangecon today), I've been encountering naughty pandas all well. And only now just getting around to updating these notes...