Dublin and Kingstown Railway

Dublin And Kingstown Railway

Dublin and Kingstown Railway

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The Dublin and Kingstown Railway (D&KR), which opened in 1834, was Ireland’s first railway. It linked Westland Row in Dublin with Kingstown Harbour’s West Pier in County Dublin.<br />


The Dublin and Kingstown Railway Company was founded in 1831 by businessmen in the city to look into building a railway. Within two years, they had a contractor and a parliamentary act. The construction contract was awarded to William Dargan.

Building of the 10&nbsp;km (6&nbsp;mi) line was delayed by opposition from two different landowners who insisted on large cash compensations and in the case of Lord Cloncurry the building of a private foot bridge over the line to a bathing area complete with a Romanesque temple, a short tunnel and a cutting to maintain his privacy. Part of the line ran on an embankment built across the strand between Merrion and Blackrock which later led to the formation of Booterstown marsh. The first train ran on 9 October 1834, consisting of eight carriages hauled by Hibernia.

From Bradshaw's 1843 timetableDUBLIN AND KINGSTOWN<br />From both ends on week days, every half-hour from 6 a.m. until 11½ p.m., stopping at all stations, Viz: Booterstown, Black Rockand Salt Hill.<br /> An extra train from Kingstown at 9¼ a.m. stopping at Merrion in addition to the usual stations.<br />An extra train every day, at...
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