Passage West

Passage West, Co.Cork, located on the east side of Cork Harbour, was one of the key places served by the narrow gauge Cork Blackrock & Passage Railway line, which ran from Cork City south to Crosshaven. The section from Crosshaven through to Passage West was single track, but beyond Passage it was double track all the way to Cork City, the only double track 3ft gauge line in Ireland. The Great Southern Railway took over the CB&PR in 1925, by which time the line was under competition from buses, resulting in the closure of the railway line in September 1932. Today all that remains of Passage West Station is the platform retaining wall and partially demolished station buildings, but the typical CB&PR water tower base still stands adjacent to the station site.
The stone built base of the former water tower at Passage West, the only station building to survive at this location. Another shot of the stone & brick built water tower adjacent to Passage West Station. The tower is missing its tank. This was the former entrance onto the platform at Passage West Station. In the background is Cork harbour, which the railway line ran largely alongside. A view looking north towards Cork City from the former station site at Passage West. The station once had up & down platforms, but these have long since been demolished.
Only the rear wall of the single storey station building at Passage West survives, as seen here. The trackbed on the approach to Passage West is now a walkway. These two stone supports once carried a pedestrian footbridge across the railway line. A small culvert bridge on the northern approaches to Passage West Station. Many of these bridges remain situ as part of walkways. The CB&PR railway was double line of 3ft gauge track, and part of the metal bridge on the down side remains on this culveet on the approach to Passage West.
Another view of the trackbed just north of Passage West. The line was closed by the Great Southern Railway in September 1932.