Monasterevin, in west Co.Kildare, was first served by rail when the Great Southern & Western Railway opened their main line from Dublin to Portlaoise in March 1848. The station at Monasterevin was closed in September 1976, despite local protest. It wasn't until 2001 that the now much expended commuting town gained its new station, located next to the original. The original station building remains intact, and is very unusual with lower and elevated sections. The structure displays typical GSWR architecture but built with brick chimneys. The new station, which has gradually had its services improved over the years, is typical of the modern architecture that has been built by Irish Rail over the last 10 years. At the east end of the station the railway line crosses the Grand Canal, followed by the viaduct spanning the River Barrow.
Monasterevin Station on the Dublin to Cork main line, looking south. On the left is the original Great Southern & Western Railway station building, dating from March 1948. Adjacent to the old GSWR buildings is of course the new Monasterevin Station, which was opened in 2001. This view is looking north towards Dublin from the down platform. A closer shot of the original stone built station building at Monasterevin. Part of this side has been bricked up. The station was originally closed in 1977. Looking more like a church than a railway station, Monasterevin displays some typical GSWR Victorian architecture, dating from 1848. The building is on two levels due to the railway line running on an embankment.
The railway overbridge, located at the north end of Monastervin Station. The span on the right crosses a branch of the Grand Canal.