THE SIGNAL BOX

OVERSEAS

WEXFORD NORTH
Dublin & South Eastern Railway

by John Hinson

Wexford North signal cabin
Photograph by Dr. J W F Scrimgeour 5/71,

Wexford North is at the remote end of the Dublin & South Eastern's main line from Dublin, and was provided with an all-timber box erected by McKenzie & Holland to their standard design. The box was, when these pictures were taken, in fine original condition and contrasted somewhat with the modifications at Dalkey.

Wexford North box
Photograph by Dr. J W F Scrimgeour 5/71

A view of the station end of the box shows the box to have the typical staircase, landing and porch arrangement provided on McKenzie & Holland's structures. It was erected in 1894.

General view looking north
Photograph by Dr. J W F Scrimgeour 5/71

A general view from the lone platform of Wexford North station shows the starting signal to be located far to the right, to allow good sighting despite the sharp curve. The disc signal nearby is all that applies to the line nearest it.

General view of wexford North station
Photograph by Dr. J W F Scrimgeour 5/71

This general view of the station has little of signalling interest, but has been included simply for the feeling of days gone by. The picture may well be 30+ years old, but the milk churns and loaded trolleys belong to an era long before then. The only giveaway is the locomotive-hauled diesel train, waiting in the loop for its next working.

Wexford North closed as a block post on 28/8/88 but is retained to act as a ground frame released from Rosslare Strand box. Subsidiary ETS instruments are provided and only levers 1,2 & 3 remain in use to provide access to the yard. There are colour light signals in the Down direction only protecting the facing turnout, controlled by Rosslare Strand. The station is now known as Wexford O'Hanrahan.

Compiled from notes by Dr. J W F Scrimgeour, Tony Gray and Simon Lowe

About the photographs



Comments about this article should be addressed to John Hinson