Farrangalway, Co.Cork, was one of the two intermediate stations on the 11 mile branch line which ran from Kinsale Jct, on the Cork Bandon South Coast Railway's main line from Cork to Bantry, to the fishing town of Kinsale. Constructed by the Cork & Kinsale Jct Railway and opened in June 1863, it was latterly operated by the CBSCR. Never a profitable branch, it was closed by the Great Southern Railway in September 1931. The small station at Farrangalway had just one platform and single storey station building. On the down side was a siding serving the corrugated iron goods shed. Both the passenger and goods platforms remain, as does the well maintained station building and goods shed, the former retaining its wooden canopy.
The well preserved station at Farrangalway, looking south towards Kinsale, showing the station buildings and platforms. The station has not seen a passenger since August 1931. The unsual station building at Farrangalway, located at the northern end of the station. The structure has a curved corrugated iron roof, and retains its attached canopy. Side on view of Farrangalway Station, looking from the former goods platform. A walk way has been added across the former trackbed. The station building dates from the opening of branch line to Kinsale in July 1857. A view from the single platform at Farrangalway Station, looking north towards Kinsale Junction from beneath the canopy.
The branch line to Kinsale was the first to be closed by the Great Southern Railway, following the takeover of the railway from the Cork Bandon & South Coast Railway company in 1925. This is a poster seen within station building, possibly a mock up, dating from the last week of service on the line. The station buildings and platforms are well preserved by the present owners of Farrangawlay. Some additional features including platform clocks and vintage style name boards have been added to the platform, the latter seen here. This is the southern end of Farrangawlay Station, looking north towards Kinsale Junction. The goods platform on the right was served by a dead end siding; there was no passing loop here. A view of the trackbed at the southern end of Farrangalway Station, looking south towards Kinsale. Sections of the former line are still walkable here.
This is the former goods shed and platform, located on the down side of Farrangalway Station. The shed is typical of the type found on the former west Cork railways, constructed mainly of corrugated iron. A close up of the goods shed at Farrangalway Station, as viewed from the roadside of the platform. The shed features a small awning over the wooden doors. Located half way along the single platform at Farrangalway Station was the small signal cabin. Today the only remnant of this structure is the gap in the face of the platform where once the signal wires and point rodding emerged from beneath the cabin. The original gate entrance to the down side of Farrangawlay Station. Before the railway was built in the 1850s, this was the original formation of the road, however the road was subsequently realigned to pass beneath the line via an underbridge.
The is the aforementioned bridge at Farrangalway, located at the north end of the station where a minor road passes beneath the former railway line. Just south of Farrangalway was as viaduct spanning a minor road and a shallow valley. Today only the stone built piers remain. Interestingly, the viaduct was in fact replaced by an embankment in the 1870s, but following closure of the railway the embankment was dig up, revealing the stone piers seen here. The isolated stone piers south of Farrangalway, the only remnant of Farrangalway Viaduct. The viaduct was replaced by the Cork Bandon & South Coast Railway who had subsequently taken over the original builders of the line, the Cork & Kinsale Jct Railway. An original stone mile post, located adjacent to the former Farrangalway Viaduct. The '22' has been removed from one side of the post.