Park West and Cherry Orchard

Park West & Cherry Orchard Station, west Dublin City, is located on the main Dublin to Cork line, which was opened by the Great Southern & Western Railway as far as Carlow in August 1846. The Park West & Cherry Orchard areas are mainly new & old housing developments in west Dublin City. The station here is one of the newest to be built for the commuter services from Hazelhatch and Kildare. It consists of a modern booking office attached to the new road overbridge above the railway line. The station has four platforms, serving the main & commuter lines between Dublin Heuston and Hazelhatch. Cherry Orchard once had its own station, opened in 1994, but it was heavily vandalised and replaced in July 2008 by this one located just south of the original site.
29000 Class railcar No.29127 approaches Park West Station with a southbound stopping service from Dublin Heuston to Kildare. On the left are the new up & down lines, yet commissioned No.29427 departs Park West station with its Dublin to Kildare service. The overbridge in the distance carries Dublin City's orbital motorway, the M50. A smokey 201 Class loco No.215 is seen approaching Park West Station at speed with an afternoon Dublin to Cork service, formed of Mk4 stock. 201 Class locomotive No.202 approaches Park West Station with a northbound service to Dublin consisting of Mk3 coaching stock, which were later displaced by the 22000 Class railcars.
22000 Class railcar No.22030 approaches Park West Station with a southbound service from Dublin City. The railcar set is formed of two 3-car units. Heading in the opposite direction is sister unit No.22003, seen passing through Park West Station on a northbound service to Dublin City. The modern new Park West & Cherry Orchard station, west Dublin City on the main Dublin to Cork line. The structure is typical of the type being built on the line to Kildare. View of the modern station at Park West, from the road. The original Cherry Orchard station north of here was opened in 1994 as part of the first commuter upgrade. Heavily vandalised, it was closed in July 2008 been replaced by this new one.
The platforms at Park West station are spanned by the station building and road overbridge, as seen here. View of one of the then new platforms at Park West Station, with the track yet to be laid for the quadruple line to Hazelhatch. Nowadays these two lines form the 'up' fast and slow lines from Hazelhatch to Dublin. At this time the new lines were still under construction.