Ruan Station, Co.Clare, served only a town land between Ennis and Corofin on the West Clare's 1887/95 constructed narrow gauge line, which ran from Ennis to Kilkee and Kilrush. The West Clare line was the last narrow gauge railway in Ireland, finally closing in February 1961. Ruan was merely a small halt, consisting of one platform and gate keepers house, the latter which remains to this day has been much extended. The stone built gate posts for the former level crossing also remain in situ.
Ruan Station, the second station out from Ennis on the West Clare line. This view taken from the former level crossing shows the station. The garage in the background however is a new construction on the trackbed. What possibly is the base of the former signal cabin at Ruan, the majority of cabins on the West Clare line had concrete bases. Another view of the station site at Ruan, as viewed from the level crossing. The small gate keepers house has been extended considerably since closure of the line in 1961. The former level crossing at the west end of Ruan Station. The width between the stone pillars on this side has been widened to make way for a driveway.
A pre-1925 Great Southern & Western Railway trespassing notice at Ruan Station, although this is West Clare Railway territory, suggesting that this sign is probably a fake. The trackbed on the west side of the level crossing at Ruan is somewhat overgrown. Here former railway sleepers are used as a fence. This view is looking towards Kilkee & Kilrush.