Rosslare Strand

Rosslare Strand Station, which serves the nearby town of Rosslare in south Co.Wexford, was first served by rail when the GSWR opened their line from Wexford North to Rosslare Harbour in 1882. In August 1906, Rosslare Strand became the junction for the line to Waterford, which allowed mail and boat trains to reach both the Rosslare Harbour and Cobh Harbour in Co.Cork. The Waterford route, known generally as the 'South Wexford' line , lost its infrequent passenger service in September 2010.

Rosslare Strand Station has both up & down platforms; the up platform was used for Waterford line trains until 2010. On the down platform is the GSWR single story station building, dating from 1906. The Victorian brick built signal cabin was made redundant in 2008 and was subsequently demolished, following the replacement of the mechanical signalling on the Rosslare line.
141 Class locomotive No.170, dating from 1962, is seen at Rosslare Strand with steam heated Craven built coaches operating on the 'Boat Train' railtour to Rosslare Harbour. A pair of 141s, Nos.147+144, stand at Rosslare Strand with an Irish Railway Record Society tour to Rosslare, consisting of Mk2 stock. Both these locos have since been withdrawn from service. A 29000 Class diesel railcar, with No.29403 leading, passes the semaphore signals at the north end of Rosslare Strand as it arrives with a service from Dublin. The Great Southern & Western Railway brick built signal cabin, located at the north end of Rosslare Strand Station. The cabin dated from 1906, but was subsequently demolished in 2008 to allow the down platform to be extended.
The lever frame within Rosslare Strand cabin, which controlled the junction with the Waterford line until it was made redundant in 2008. Level crossing monitor inside Rosslare Strand signal cabin. Slaney Bridge is the first crossing west of Rosslare Strand on the Waterford line. The cabin also provided access to the ground frame at Wexford (North) Station. The station track diagram inside Rosslare Strand signal cabin. Wexford Station and yard is also featured on the diagram as Wexford ceased to be block post in 1982. A standard CIE bracket semaphore signal at the north end of the Waterford platform at Rosslare Strand. The starting signal indicates that the Waterford line is reguarded as the 'mainline'
Until their removal in 2008, Rosslare Strand Station boasted a number of GSWR wooden post semaphore signals dating from 1906, such as this one in the 'off position' at the south end of the Waterford platform. The 'down' starting semaphore signal at the south end of Rosslare Strand, seen in the off position. The semaphores were replaced by standard colour light signals in 2008. 071 Class locomotive No.081 is seen running around a Railway Preservation Society of Ireland special at the north end of Rosslare Strand. The 'T' board sign indicates the end of a temporary speed restriction through the station. No.081 stands at Rosslare Strand with the RPSI's 'South Wexford' diesel railtour from Dublin to Waterford. No.081 was built by General Motors in 1976, and entered service in May 1977. The RPSI's Mk2 coaches are ex British Rail built.
2800 Class diesel railcar No.2808, stands at the south end of Rosslare Strand with an Irish Railway Record Society special from Dublin, which would later traverse the South Wexford line to Waterford. 22000 Class railcar No.22321 is seen departing north from Rosslare Strand with a Rosslare Harbour to Dublin service. On the right is the single storey station building, built using concrete materials in 1906. Rosslare Strand's signal 'RL568' displays the road west to the South Wexford line for the Irish Railway Record Society tour to Waterford. The token for the section of line between Rosslare Strand and Wellington Bridge, which is still issued to trains travelling over the now disused South Wexford line.