Cavan was the southern terminus of the Great Northern Railway branch off the Irish North West line from Clones, which opened in July 1856 and closed to passengers in 1957. The line south of the Cavan was built by the Midland Great Western Railway and had branched off the Sligo line at Inny Junction, just north of Mullingar. Passenger services on the MGWR section ended in 1947, but remained open for goods until 1960, one year after the GNR lines had closed completely. The station at Cavan was built by the MGWR, but was shared with the GNR, but both companies had separate locomotive and goods facilities. The station building, adjacent to the MGWR goods shed, along with two of the three platforms survive, while just north of the station the GNR goods yard and sheds also remain, now used as a cattle market.
This is Cavan Station, which retains its station buildings and part of its platform. This view is looking south towards Inny Jct. Looking the opposite way from the south end of the station, we see the main building on the right which has been heavily extended. Cavan originally had one main platform connecting to a centre island platform which acted as bay for the GNR or MGWR trains. The exterior of the 1856 built Midland Great Western Railway/Great Northern Station at Cavan, as viewed from the former forecourt. This is the large Midland Great Western goods shed adjacent to the station building at the south end of Cavan Station.
A miscellaneous single storey stone built railway structure on the former platform at Cavan Station. This was originally the cattle platform at Cavan Station for the Midland Great Western Railway. It remains intact today as seen here. The rail overbridge at the Clones end of Cavan Station on the R198 road is gone. The former Great Northern Railway yard can seen in the distance. A view looking south towards Inny Jct from the former cattle platform at Cavan Station. The site of the former MGWR goods yard and locomotive shed have been built over.
This is the large goods shed once used by the Great Northern Railway at the north end of Cavan Station, Here is the GNR own goods shed locatated at the northen end of Cavan station. The shed is now used as a cattle market. This was the former coal office at the Great Northern goods yard at Cavan Station. The stone built structure here which now supports an oil tank was in fact the base of a footbridge which once spanned the Great Northern's line and goods yard at the north end of Cavan. A view of the Great Northern trackbed at the north end of Cavan, looking towards Clones. The structure on the left is the much enlarged cattle market. The GNR's 'Cavan North' signal cabin was once sited to the right beyond the stone and earth wall.