Our partially completed signal cabin has now been fitted with a fully interlocking lever frame which has been recovered from the former Ennis South cabin. This frame was manufactured by the Railway Signal Company in the 1890’s and was in use in Ennis up to 2010 when computerised signalling was implemented with the opening of phase one of the Western Rail Corridor. Our volunteers completed the installation on Friday/Saturday May 20/21- our thanks to Iarnrod Eireann Limerick for their help with this project! We are delighted that perfectly sound railway heritage equipment such as this will continue to do the job it was built and designed for, in the nineteenth century – here and now in the twenty first!!
A view of our new signal cabin looking west. Our semaphore signal was recovered from the former Foynes branch ( scheduled to be reopened in the next few years ) – and restored courtesy of Iarnrod Eireann Limerick. This will be the Up starting signal off the Down loop – and will allow trains to enter the section of track towards Oughterard! In full working order, it is presently operated by a temporary ground frame seen outside the new cabin.
The signal cabin in the magnificent scenery of the Connemara mountains