Sligo, Leitrim & Northern Counties Railway

by John Hinson

Photograph 3/9/57, from the collection of Dr. J W F Scrimgeour

Belcoo & Black Lion signal box is unusual amongst all the signal boxes in Ireland illustrated on this site for it was erected by Saxby & Farmer to their standard design of 1876. The majority of the work in Ireland was done by the Railway Signal Company in Liverpool - presumably they were able to tender competitively owing to their location. However, the architecture of the box suggests that this railway was signalled at an early date - probably before the Railway Signal Company was established.

Most (if not all) boxes on the Sligo, Leitrim & Northern Counties Railway's were of this type and an example survives at the adjoining station of Glenfarne.

The last train ran on 30 September 1957. Although the line was never a sound financial proposition it was actually the closure of its big neighbour the GNR(I) that brought about its end.

Compiled from notes by Dr. J W F Scrimgeour, John Beaumont and Edmund Calvert-Harrison

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