Palace East

Palace East, Co.Wexford, is where the 1866 built Great Southern & Western Railway's branch line from Bagnalstown joined the 1860 built Dublin Wicklow & Wexford Railway's line from Macmine Jct to Waterford via New Ross. Passenger services on the Bagnalstown line ceased in 1931 and to goods in 1946, but it remained in use for sugar beet traffic until April 1963, when at the same time passenger and goods services over the Macmine Jct to Waterford route ceased completely. Palace East Station was laid out unusually, with one platform for the Waterford line and a bay for Bagnalstown trains. The loop and sidings were located at the east end of the station and this often resulted in complicated shunting movements. The corrugated iron DWWR style station building, platform and 1923 built Dublin South Eastern Railway style signal all remain in relatively good condition at Palace East, although the west end of the station is quite overgrown.
Palace East Station, with its corrugated iron Dublin Wicklow & Wexford Railway style station building, complete with brick chimneys. The car is parked on the former trackbed to Macmine Jct. Another view of Palace East station building, as viewed from Waterford line side of the platform. The station has not seen a passenger since 1963. The overgrown platform serving the DWWR's Macmine Jct to Waterford line. This view is looking east towards Macmine Jct. This is the 1923 built Dublin & South Eastern Railway signal cabin at Palace East. The cabin is located at the west end of the island platform.
Another view of Palace East signal cabin. It controlled the junction with the lines from Waterford and Bagnalstown. This is the Bagnalstown bay platform at the west end of Palace East, located to the rear of the signal cabin. The platform is much overgrown, as seen here. A view from the end of the platform at Palace East Station, looking west towards Waterford and Bagnalstown. The DWWR & GSWR lines ran parallel from here for one mile before diverging west & north.