RTE are reporting on the campaign to re-open Killucan Station in Co. Westmeath on the Dublin – Sligo line. I think the supporters of this are on a hiding to nothing. I don’t see the population base necessary to have such a station and playing on a GAA special in 1950 being packed is not reflective of today’s society.
IMHO, if a station were to be built between the former Hill of Down and Killucan Stations, especially if an SDZ for housing was adjacent, this might work as there could also be traffic from Kinnegad, but I can’t see the economics of it otherwise.
As a separate project, IR should consider a dynamic loop between such a new station and Killucan, thereby extending the range of track over which trains can pass on the otherwise single track line between Enfield and Mullingar.