Dublin–Sligo railway line

Dublin to Sligo line

22000 Class DMU (22020) at Dublin Connolly forming a service to Sligo.
Type Commuter rail, Inter-city rail
Heavy rail
System Iarnród Éireann
Status Operational
Locale Ireland
Termini Dublin Connolly
Sligo Mac Diarmada
Stations 21
Opened 1847
Owner Iarnród Éireann
Operator(s) Iarnród Éireann
Character Secondary
Rolling stock 29000 Class (Commuter)
22000 Class (InterCity)
Number of tracks Single track and Double track with Passing Loops
Track gauge 1,600 mm (5 ft 3 in) Irish gauge
Electrification Not electrified
Route map

Dublin-Sligo railway line

Sligo Quay freight terminal 2000
Sligo Mac Diarmada
Ballysadare 1963
Ballisodare River
Sligo, Leitrim & Northern Counties Rly
to Enniskillen
Proposed Western Railway Corridor
to Limerick
Kilfree Junction 1963
to Ballaghaderreen
Drumsna 1963
River Shannon

Cavan and Leitrim Railway Cavan and Leitrim Railway

Newtown Forbes
Street & Rathowen 1963
to Cavan
Inny Junction 1931
Multyfarnham 1963
Clonhugh 1963
The Royal Canal
to Athlone
Killucan 1963
Hill of Down 1963
River Boyne
Moyvalley 1963
Ferns Lock 1963
MaynoothDublin Suburban Rail#Western Commuter
Leixlip Louisa BridgeDublin Suburban Rail#Western Commuter
Leixlip ConfeyDublin Suburban Rail#Western Commuter
Lucan North 1941
Docklands branch
to Hansfield, Dunboyne & M3 Parkway
ClonsillaDublin Suburban Rail#Western Commuter
CoolmineDublin Suburban Rail#Western Commuter
CastleknockDublin Suburban Rail#Western Commuter
Navan Road ParkwayDublin Suburban Rail#Western Commuter
AshtownDublin Suburban Rail#Western Commuter
BroombridgeDublin Suburban Rail#Western Commuter
Liffey Junction 1937
Dublin Broadstone 1937

The Royal Canal

Phoenix Park Tunnel
to Dublin Heuston

DrumcondraDublin Suburban Rail#Western Commuter
Belfast–Dublin railway line
Docklands(Luas Spencer Dock)
The Royal Canal

Dublin Connolly Luas
Luas Red Line
to Dublin Heuston and Tallaght
Dublin-Rosslare railway line
to Rosslare

Dublin Suburban Rail#Western Commuter = Western Commuter

The Dublin to Sligo main line is a railway route operated by Iarnród Éireann in Ireland. It starts in Dublin Connolly station, terminating at Sligo Mac Diarmada railway station in Sligo. The route is double track as far as Maynooth, being single track with passing loops between there and Sligo.

Between Dublin and Longford, the route is operated as part of Dublin Suburban Rail, specifically the Western Commuter service.


Commuter operates the suburban services operates between Dublin and Maynooth. These start from Pearse Station, which connects with the route to Rosslare Europort. Some trains from Gorey and Rosslare Europort also run through to the Sligo line.

InterCity services to Sligo operate from Dublin Connolly. Freight trains carrying logs also operated from Sligo until December 2008.

Connections at Dublin Connolly

The line is also used by rail passengers changing at Dublin Connolly onto the DART to Dún Laoghaire or Bray Daly for example or travelling to Dublin Port for the Irish Ferries or Stena Line to Holyhead and then by train along the North Wales Coast Line to London Euston and other destinations in England and Wales.

Holyhead can also be reached by Irish Ferries from Dublin Port, reached by walking beside the tram lines around the corner from Amiens Street into Store Street or by Luas one stop to Busáras where Dublin Bus operates route 53 to the Ferry Terminal[1] or to take a taxi.

Passengers can change at Dublin Connolly for the Belfast–Dublin railway line for the Enterprise to Northern Ireland.

Rolling stock

InterCity services are currently operated by the 22000 Class DMUs. They were previously operated by the 29000 Class railcar units, which now only operate the majority of Western Commuter services. The Dublin–Sligo railway line was also the first railway route in the whole of Ireland to get the new 22000 Class DMUs in December 2007.

See also


  1. "53 - Dublin Bus". dublinbus.ie.

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