Carrowmore, Co.Mayo, is located on the currently disused Claremorris to Collooney railway line, known as the 'Burma Road'. The line, built cheaply by the Great Southern & Western Railway in 1895, served only sparsely inhabited lands. Regular passenger services on the line ceased in 1963, but the line remained open for goods traffic until 1975. The track and infrastructure remains in situ, though very much derelict. The line is now part of the Western Rail Corridor project, and may see a re-opening in the future with a service to Sligo. Currently the track is now been cleared and fenced off in order preserve the line. Carrowmore serves only a tiny village, and therefore the station only consisted of a single platform, small station building and goods shed, all of which remain today.
This is Carrowmore Station on the disused Claremorris toSligo line, which lost its passenger service in 1963, and goods in 1975. This view is looking south. The former level crossing is in the foreground. Looking down the line to Claremorris at Carrowmore. The structure to the right is the small goods shed, once served by a single siding until the early 1960s. This is the level crossing itself at Carrowmore Station. The gates have been removed although the concrete gate posts remain in situ. The track north of Carrowmore appears to be in good condition, despite 30 years of disuse. The sheep graze with confidence here.
This is Cloonarara level crossing south of Carrowmore, just one of the the numerous crossings on the line. Here the track can still be clearly seen. Cloonarara level crossing, looking north towards Carrowmore and Sligo. Like the sheep at Carrowmore Station, the cows graze care free on the disused line. Parts of the Western Rail Corridor, particularly this area at the very northern end runs through some spectacular scenery. Here the line at Cloonarara and the telegraph poles wind their way north to Sligo.