Shelton Abbey, in the Avoca Valley of Co.Wicklow, was the principal originating point for fertilizer traffic on Irish Rail. The Irish Fertilizer Industries opened the factory plant here beside the Dublin to Rosslare line in 1964, and later extensive sidings for handling inbound anhydrous ammonia trains from Marino Point near Cork were built on the down side of the line. There was also a siding that ran into the plant where bagged fertiliser traffic was loaded and featured a bridge crossing the Avoca River. Unfortunately the factory ceased production at the end of 2002, with the loss of both ammonia and the one time regional bagged fertilizer trains on Irish Rail. The sidings at Shelton Abbey were lifted shortly after and today the site, along with the factory, remains derelict.