Navan Junction

Navan Junction Station, Co.Meath, where the 1862 built Midland Great Western line from Clonsilla to Navan and Kingscourt joined the 1853 built Great Northern line from Drogheda to Oldcastle. The line from Clonsilla through Navan to Kingscourt lost its passenger service in 1947, with the section from Clonsilla to Navan closing completely in 1963. The GNR Drogheda to Oldcastle line lost its passenger service in 1958, with the section from Navan to Oldcastle also closing completely in 1963. Today, only the Drogheda to Navan line remains in use for the transportation of ore from Tara Mines near Tara Junction just west of the former Navan Jct Station, the section to Kingscourt having been disconnected following the cessation of gypsum traffic in 2001

Navan Junction Station was once quite large, and boasted four platforms, with the GNR station buildings located in the centre. Today, only the disused down GNR platform and the MGWR goods shed remain, all other buildings have been demolished. The junction site for the line from Clonsilla however can clearly be seen today. The Clonsilla to Navan line, which had been lifted following closure in 1963, may reopen in the future as Navan has become a well established commuting town for Dublin.
071 Class locomotive No.082 has just past the Commons Rd level crossing on the approach to the former Navan Junction station. Navan Junction Station, with the Great Northern line from Drogheda and Oldcastle on the left, and the trackbed of the former Midland Great Western Clonsilla to Navan line on the right. The junction site at Navan Jct Station looking west, where the MGWR line from Clonsilla trailed in from the left and ran parallel to the GNR line on the right. Of the four platforms Navan Jnc Station once boasted, today, only the down GNR platform remains as seen here.
The western approach to the Navna Jct Station, looking towards Drogheda and Clonsilla. The CIE distant semaphore warns of the level crossing at Navan Station. The only station building left at Navan Junction is the former MGWR goods shed, a large stone built structure located on the south side of the station. This is the gated level crossing at Commons Rd, located just west of the former Navan Jct. The gates are operated by the train crews only. The small Great Northern Railway style gate keepers house at Commons Rd, near Navan Jct, now a private residence.
A view looking west towards Oldcastle from Commons Rd level crossing, where once there was a double track leading to Kingscourt Jct where the Great Northern and Midland Great Western lines parted company.