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Borris Viaduct, County Carlow

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Borris Viaduct, Co Carlow, Ireland
Irish Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

In January I visited the Viaduct in Borris, County Carlow.

The Viaduct is Located just north of the town and was an amazing construction for its day, back in the 1800’s this construction help link north county Carlow to county Wexford for both passenger transport and goods – daily , until 1947.

History

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On the 1st January 1855 the first ground was cut near Borris, County Carlow, for what was to be the Bagenalstown County Carlow to Wexford, Railway.

However with expensive construction costs and difficult terrain the company only ever made it half way to Ballywilliam in county Wexford, shortly after going bankrupt with debts of Β£100,000.

After a period of failed ownerships the railway was sold for Β£24,000 by the board of works to GS&WR in 1876. Passenger services ceased on the 2nd Febuary 1931, a goods service remaining until 27th January 1947, CIE finally closed the line on the 1st January 1963, 108 years to the day after the first ground was cut near Borris.

Visiting the Location

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The day I visited here it was very damp and cold as you can see in the images.

The Viaduct is located on a farm and is used as a public foot-path, access is through the grounds of a local school. The path up to the level that the rail line would have been on is steep but easy to walk up.

The first thing you notice is that the walls each side of the Viaduct and the path are very low and are not fenced, so you feel that you want to walk down the centre of the path. It is a good few hundred meters to the end of the Viaduct itself but the walk is well worth it as the views of County Carlow from here are spectacular !!

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Once you reach the end of the path the old rail line cuts through some trees, there are picnic areas offering some great views of the county, at the end of this wooded part of the walk is a small bridge with a well kept garden and another picnic area.

You get the feeling that this is a much love and well kept area for the town and a pleasure to visit.

If you are in county Carlow you simply have to pay it a visit.

Location Gallery

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5 responses

  1. Wowza. That is imposing. I love the marker at the end.

    February 7, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    • Hello Elen πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Thank you , yes it is high about the valley floor and a real feature in the landscape ….

      The Marker : Yes I love the and 3/4 !!!

      πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      February 8, 2014 at 4:19 pm

  2. I believe this is my favourite of all your posts I’ve seen so far, Nigel! – the combination of beauty with fascinating historical background is unbeatable.
    WELL DONE!

    February 7, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    • Hello M. πŸ™‚

      Thank you !!!!

      Thats a wonderful comment and I am very pleased you enjoyed this post πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      February 8, 2014 at 4:20 pm

  3. Great post. Very informative and well illustrated by the photos. Love to get down there myself.

    February 9, 2014 at 9:20 pm

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