Topping up the water of the 186 Steam Train in 1964 at Millstreet Railway Station. The main station house is behind the train, the goods shed is on the right, the signal cabin can be seen in the background, and Clara Mountain is on the very left. [flickr] [f]
The view from the 6.25am Cork to Tralee train from a few weeks ago. The video starts by the Glebe near Drishane, and finishes near Barraduff 
The Railway Preservation Society of Ireland will be visiting Kerry this weekend with their “Cork and Kerry” International Railtour.
Worth going to see, the #85 steam locomotive will stop in Millstreet on Sunday from 14:20 – 14:30 !
Also, the No. 4 locomotive will pass through Millstreet on Saturday at 16:04, and again on Sunday at 9:04. while the #85 will also pass through on Monday at 09:06.
As the train pulls out of the station
There’s another crashing through my heart
Across a sea of every kind of nation
I feel the sleepers pulling us apart
Through darkened Streets, I followed my feet
And I made my way through the dark.
Now she’s gone I have to learn to function
It’s like the blind leading the blind
Like two roads meeting at a junction
One was hers the other was mine
Down Claragh Road the wind did now
As it tore her from my sight
As the days turn into weeks,
I see reflections of a face i used to know
All the tears that rolled down our cheeks,
are still there but covered by the snow.
As the train pulls into Millstreet station
I feel myself moving to a beat
Like an island amid so many nations
I take her hand and hold onto these two weeks
And here is the splendid information which Kieran very kindly has shared with us. We are also very grateful to Donncha Cronin for alerting us to the Steam Event itself and for providing such accurate timetable facts. [read more …] “Kieran Provides Very Interesting Information on Steam Train”
On Saturday morning (18th June 2016) quite a number of families arrived at Millstreet Railway Station to catch a fleeting glance of “The Emerald Isle Explorer” Steam Train as it passed by on its way to Killarney. Passengers comprised mainly of real rail enthusiasts on a Steam Train holiday. Thankfully the weather was ideal to view the historic visit. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
Let’s now observe some more pictures from the very interesting and historic event. [read more …] ““The Emerald Isle Explorer” Steam Train in Millstreet on Saturday”
Saturday 18th June Steam Loco 4 + Cravens Cork 09:35 Mallow 10:20-10:50 Banteer 11:06 Millstreet 11:19 Rathmore 11:28 Killarney 11:50
Killarney 16:32 Rathmore 16:51 Millstreet 17:02 Banteer 17:14 Mallow 17:32
The Irish Examiner reports this morning that on December 8th 2013, two trains travelling towards each other on the same track on the Mallow-Killarney railway line narrowly avoided a head-on collision when they came to a stop just 175 metres apart at Millstreet station.
It reports that the cause was that one of the drivers failed to stop at warning signals. An accident was only prevented after a signal controller became aware of the danger and contacted the drivers to stop their trains. Read the full story on today’s Irish Examiner, and the investigation report below.
In 1964 there was another nearly head-on collision at Millstreet Station this time involving a runaway train:
On the night of Monday May 11 1964 a special goods train was derailed at Millstreet and blocked the Mallow-Tralee line. The special was headed by loco A54 and had originated at the Rathmore siding of Messrs Fry-Cadbury where it was loaded with chocolate crumb. It was scheduled to cross the 02:25 Mallow-Tralee mail goods at Millstreet but seemingly got out of control on the two mile fall at 1 in 154/124 approaching the station. The Millstreet signalman, fearing a collision between the runaway and the mail goods, [read more …] “Trains nearly collide at Millstreet Railway Station”
Congratulations Michael Mullane and Cormac Dineen at Millstreet Railway Station who were yeaterday awarded the Best Railway Station in Munster, by Transport Minister Pascal Donoghue, at the Iarnród Éireann Best Station Awards. The awards were decided by public vote. (photo from Iarnród Éireann)
Photos of the steam engine and the driver in the teeming rain at Millstreet Railway Station yesterday – by Tom from TMC Photography Cork