Dublin and South Eastern Railway

Dublin And South Eastern Railway

Dublin and South Eastern Railway

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The Dublin and South Eastern Railway (DSE) was originally incorporated by Act of Parliament in 1846 as the Waterford, Wexford, Wicklow and Dublin Railway Company. In 1860 it was renamed the Dublin, Wicklow and Wexford Railway Company and on 31 December 1906 it was renamed again as the DSE. Amongst the lines forming the DSE was the Dublin and Kingstown Railway, which was authorised in 1831 and opened in 1834 - the first public railway in Ireland. The Kingstown-Dalkey section was operated by atmospheric traction for a short while. The railway formed part of the Royal Mail route between London and Dublin via the Dun Laoghaire railway station at Kingstown (now DĂșn Laoghaire).

One DSE steam locomotive is preserved: a 2-6-0 goods locomotive No. 15 (later Great Southern Railways No. 461) owned by the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland at Whitehead.


The DSE had two main stations in Dublin on separate lines: Westland Row (renamed Pearse in 1966) and a terminus at Harcourt Street. Apart from the main line to Wexford there were also branches to Shillelagh and Waterford. Sections were opened as follows:
  • Dublin to Dunleary (original Kingstown Harbour station, located at West......
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