Island Road

Island Road Station, Co.Roscommon, was the second intermediate station on the Ballaghaderreen branch, which ran from Kilfree Junction on the Midland Great Western Railway's Dublin to Sligo line. Island Road had a small waiting room and single storey station building. The station building has not been altered much since closure of the branch in February 1963, and remains much the same as it was in railway days. The station only had one platform and an adjacent level crossing, there was no loop or sidings. The branch from Kilfree to Ballaghaderreen had opened in November 1874, with the station at Island Road being a latter addition opening in July 1909.
Ex Midland Great Western 2-4-0 No.652 stands at Island Road station in 1961 with a branch train to Ballaghaderreen. In this view is the single platform, station building and level crossing. Note the tall bi-directional semaphore signal. ©John Camp This is Island Road station as it is today, looking east towards Kilfree Jct. The single platform, station building and its small wailting room remains. The small waiting room, located on the single platform at Island Road station. It has not seen a regular passenger since February 1963. Another view of Island Road, this is the west end of the station with the main building visible on the left. The car is parked on the former railway trackbed to Ballaghaderreen.
The single platform at Island Road is a mixture of brick and stone construction, a typical example to be found on the former Midland Great Western Railway network. The trackbed on the west side of the former level crossing at Island Road, looking towards Ballaghaderreen. The ralway passed through a particularly barren and rock ridden landscape in this area.