Rathvilly, Co.Carlow, was located on the former Great Southern & Western Railway's branch line from Sallins to Tullow, which finally opened in stages in June 1886. The long branch was never heavily used and passenger services on the route were suspended in 1944 following coal shortages. It reopened briefly only to be closed to regular passenger and goods traffic in 1947. The line to Tullow remained open however for occasional cattle specials before finally closing completely in April 1959. Rathvilly Station retains a lot of its original features, such as its canopies on the single storey station building, which replaced an earlier one destroyed in 1922 during the Civil War. The station had only one platform and a loop, as well as a small GSWR built 12-lever signal cabin, it to too being a 1922 replacement and was taken out of use in 1947. At the north end of the station is the goods shed, rebuilt but it too retaining its original wooden canopy. See Disused Stations UK for more images of Rathvilly in a much more derelict state.
The disused single platform station at Rathvilly, looking south towards Tullow, showing the station building, closed since April 1959. The single storey stone bullt station building at Rathvilly, complete with canopy awning. The structure dates from the opening of the line in June 1886. Rathvilly, as viewed from the station forecourt, which on this side also retains its canopy. The building last saw a regular passenger in 1947. Rathvilly, looking north towards Sallins from the much filled up platform. On the left is the small signal cabin.
The small Great Southern & Western Railway built signal cabin at Rathvilly Station. The original wooden structure here was destroyed during the civil war in 1922. The goods shed at the north end of Rathvilly Station survives, now used as an industrial unit. Part of the canopy on the road side of the structure remains. The structure itself has been rebuilt slightly.