Mount Elliot Bridge and Tunnel – An Abandoned Railway Line in Ireland

The Mount Elliot Bridge and Tunnel are both part of an abandoned railway line that ran from Waterford City to New Ross. The track as far as Macmine Junction was removed in 1963 and the line to Waterford closed in 1994. There has been much debate about re-opening the line.

The bridge leads into a tunnel north of the town and has a total length of 684 metres. The line first opened in 1887 linking New Ross in Co. Wexford to Macmine Junction on the Dublin to Wexford Town line. It was extended in 1904 to Waterford City.

The line between Macmine Junction and New Ross closed in 1963 and the track was removed. The line between New Ross and Waterford remained open until 1976 for goods traffic. Fertilizer traffic from the Albatros fertilizer factory continued until 1995. The tracks have now been covered on the New Ross side of the bridge and the link to Waterford has been cut of by the removal of tracks in some parts.

Calls for a commuter service using the line to link New Ross to Wexford, Waterford and Kilkenny have been proposed but no firm commitment has ever been made.

Location: New Ross, Ireland

Category: Railway

Abandoned: 1995

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