Gorey, Co.Wexford, on the Dublin to Rosslare line was first served by rail when the Dublin Wicklow & Wexford Railway extended their line south from Rathdrum in November 1862. The station at Gorey has up & down platforms, both regularly used by commuter services to Dublin. The two storey brick station building is located on the up side, along with the water tower which remains in use. The footbridge at Gorey is an original DWWR structure, complete with its disused attached 1891 built signal cabin. On the down platform is a DWWR waiting room to which passengers cannot access. At the northern end of the station is the former goods yard and stone built shed, which has an extended corrugated iron structure. Bagged cement trains had served Gorey until the late 1990s, but today only one siding remains in use for engineering trains.
141 Class locomotives Nos.147+144, both dating from 1962, stand at the south end of Gorey Station on an Irish Railway Record Society special to Rosslare. Both these locos have since been withdrarn from Irish Rail service. The 1972 built Mk2 coaching stock at Gorey Station on the IRRS special to Rosslare. The Mk2s were built by British Rail Engineering Ltd at Derby, and were finally withdrawn from service in 2008. In 2002 a set of the Mk2 coaching stock was refurbished and repainted at Inchicore Works for Dublin to Galway line services. Here is one such example at Gorey in its unique varient of the orange & black Irish Rail livery. In the summer of 2007, the Dublin and Rosslare line was preparing to go over to modern Centralised Traffic Control signalling. Here, Gorey's 'down starter' semaphore signal stands above a modern colour light signal awaiting installation.
Many semaphore signals on the Dublin to Rosslare line still featured lattice posts dating pre-1925, a design favoured by the Dublin & South Eastern Railway. Here is a tall example of one of the DSER sginals still in use at Gorey Station in the summer of 2007. A typical DSER style lattice posted semaphore signal, guarding the southern approach to Gorey Station. Many of the signals have since been donated to the Downpatrick & Co.Down Railway in Northern Ireland. This is the down home semaphore signal on the northern approach to Gorey Station. This yet another that features a pre-1925 lattice post, with the addiition of a smaller signal arm for the loop at the station. The signal cabin at Gorey was built by the Dublin Wicklow & Wexford Railway (later the DSER) in 1891. This is the now disused 18 lever frame within the cabin, manufactured by the McKenzie & Holland signalling company.
The staff/token machines located within the signal cabin at Gorey, now no longer in use. Modern CTC signalling replaced manual signalling on the Dublin to Rosslare line in 2009. The track plan of Gorey Station, seen within the signal cabin. Note the goods loop track covered up following its disconnection from the up line adjacent to the platforms. 29000 Class railcar No.29126 is seen on the rear of this empty commuter train which has brought in a service from Dublin. The train will proceed into the down platform to form a return service. Passengers expecting a Rosslare to Dublin service watch No.29126 as it pulls into the loop at the south end of Gorey Station.
In May 2010, the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland operated a special to south Wexford, hauled by 071 Class locomotive No.081. The special is seen here having arrived at Gorey on its way to Rosslare. British Rail built Mk2 stock returns to Gorey Station, this time in the ownership of the RPSI, and painted in their brunswish green livery. The nearest vehicle is the buffer car. The Dublin Wicklow & Wexford Railway style waiting room on the down platform at Gorey Station, nowadays locked up. The brick built station building at Gorey is located on the up platform. It is not a typical Dublin Wickow & Wexford Railway design, and dates from the opening of the station in November 1863.
The station buildings at Gorey, viewed from the down platform looking towards Rosslare. The up platform has been extended on the right beyond the site of the loop siding. The original DWWR 19th century footbridge at Gorey Station, with the attached signal cabin on the right, added in 1891. The stone built water tower at the northern end of the up platform at Gorey, which remains in use for servicing steam locomotives operating special trains. The former goods yard at the north end of Gorey Station with the DWWR stone built shed on the left. Bagged cement was handled here until the late 1990s. The siding is now used by engineering trains.