Ennis in Co.Clare, on the Great Southern & Western Railway's Limerick to Athenry and Claremorris line, was once also the junction for the 1887/92 built narrow gauge West Clare Railway, which ran from Ennis to Kilkee and Kilrush on the Shannon Estuary. Despite modernisation, the West Clare line was closed in February 1961 by CIE, and was the last surviving narrow gauge line in the country. The line through Ennis had originally opened in 1859 and was first worked by the Waterford Limerick & Western Railway. Ennis Station itself lost its passenger services from Limerick to Claremorris in 1976, but a Limerick passenger service was re-instated in 1994. The line north of Ennis to Athenry and Claremorris remained in use for freight traffic until the late 1990s, the same time Ennis itself lost its Limerick freight liner train. However passengers services north of Ennis to Athenry were restored in March 2010.