Ballina, Co.Mayo, is the terminus of the 1876 built Midland Great Western Railway branch from Manulla Junction on the Westport line. The branch was extended to Killalla in 1893, but this extension closed in 1934 and only a stub of it remains, this being the Crossmolina siding which is now used for the loading of timber and stabling of other freight trains The station once had two platforms and an MGWR signal cabin, but in 1977 the cabin as well as the second platform was demolished to make for the expansion of freight facilities and a new modern signal cabin was opened.
Over the years freight has declined, however two newer important freight flows have been established, this been the timber trains from Waterford, and IWT and DFDS container trains to and from Waterford and Dublin, usually hauled by 071/201 Class locomotives. The branch trains are now operated by 2700 Class diesel multiple units.