Castlerea

Castlerea is located on the Athlone to Claremorris section of the Midland Great Western Railway's line to Westport in Co.Mayo. The station retains much of its earlier Great Northern & Western architecture, with a latter MGWR signal cabin and footbridge. The stone station buildings are single storey and similar to others on the Mayo line, the main building also retains its canopy. At the time these pictures were taken, CTC work had commenced, which would banish mechanical signalling on the Westport line. The goods yard still retains a siding for loading ballast. Castlerea town is also home to the well known Hells Kitchen Bar where there is a small railway museum with hundreds of artifacts relating to Irish railways, including of course Metrovick A Class loco No.A55.