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Gazetteer update

I have finally created and loaded web images for all of my photos of railway stations in Ireland, dating back to the start of the millennium. The next stage, which I have started, is to load a photo gallery page of each station location where I have loaded web images. I am doing this by county and as of today, Antrim, Armagh and Clare are loaded.

However, in some cases, there is no link from a given station page to the photo gallery. The linking of same will be Stage 3 of the process (currently on Stage 2).

Over the next couple of weeks, more photo gallery pages will be added. Those station pages with a pre-existing link to a gallery page will automatically link to the updated page and will give access to more photos of that location, assuming I had taken photos of same previously.

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Gazetteer update

Based on my recent trip to West Cork, where a substantial number of stations have disappeared completely, to the extent that I was not able to get near to where they were, I have added a new default image for those stations where I have not yet had a chance to take a photograph.

The existing image has been replaced with one stating “PHOTO NOT TAKEN YET” and going forward, I will use an image stating “NO PHOTO AVAILABLE” for sites where access is not possible.

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Website status

Regular viewers of the site may have noticed the lack of updates (apart from blog postings) in recent months. This is because I have been doing work behind the scenes – in particular, creating web images for my older digital photos to add to the gazetteer.

The plan is to complete the processing of this (some 2,700 odd as of today) and wait until all are loaded onto the site before creating photo gallery pages for each location, which will link to the photos.

I have also been visiting some of the railway stations that I have not photographed – these last few days saw me in West Cork, where I visited most of the former stations west of Bandon, as well as the Kinsale branch, the Cork and Macroom line and parts of the Cork and Muskerry Tram. These station photos will be added to the relevant station pages shortly.

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Bellarena Station

Bellarena in Derry is a station on the railway line between Coleraine and Derry.

In 2016, as part of an upgrade of the railway to Derry, a new station slightly to the east of the original station was built, along with a passing loop, to more evenly split the 33½ mile single track section between Coleraine and Derry. Prior to this, the crossing point had been at Castlerock, making it two single line sections of 5 ¾ miles and 27 ¾. This change made the sections 13 miles and 20 miles.

I have now updated the station page for the original station to note its closure and created a new page for the new 2016 station.

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Industrial heritage monuments

I have added a page to the site, which is a WIP, being a list of industrial heritage monuments in Ireland.

I have defined these as memorials, plaques, graves and bridges named after a specific person.

Longer term, each of these will be added to the Gazetteer and linked off the relevant map.

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Dublin and Blessington Steam Tramway

Closed in 1932, the D&BST and associated extension to Poulaphoca (closed in 1927) were one of the early casualties of railway closures in Ireland.

I have finally gotten around to checking the online OS Maps for this line and station pages have now been added to the Gazetteer (the stations were already on the maps).

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Pelletstown Station, Dublin

One likes to keep an eye on Irish Rail and noticed that they have tweeted that Pelletstown Station is to open on Sunday 26th September 2021.

I have updated the gazetteer to reflect this (12 days early) and there follows a link to Pelletstown Station.

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Update to the Gazetteer

In advance of a journey to Cavan/Leitrim on Saturday*, I was checking my list of railway stations that I don’t have a photo for and found that I had missed including Redhills Station entirely.

A page for this has now been created and the map updated to reflect this.

* In normal circumstances, I would be attending the IHAI AGM, however, as someone who will not take the current “vaccination” unless the State decides to hold me down and forcibly inject same into me, I have been barred from attending the AGM by the IHAI Council. I just hope that the rumours about ADE are untrue.

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Update to Gazetteer

I have gotten around to checking and doing a minor update to the gazetteer – at the moment, railway stations only, but I plan on expanding this to other IH features.

As this latter will take time, it is important to have the current gazetteer working correctly. In addition, I have made some minor updates to the maps (changed the Derry map to reflect the re-opening of Waterside station in 2019, added Pelletstown in Dublin and Bilberry on the Waterford and Suir Valley Railway).

I have also gone through my personal photo collection and added a photo for each station where I have one in my possession. Recent photo additions include stations on the Macmine Junction to Bagenalstown line with those on the Tullow branch and Kilkenny to Portlaoise to be added this week.

There are still 680 sites with no photo out of 1,227. Of these, 312 are in Northern Ireland (issues with driving a Republic of Ireland car down country lanes and taking photos of random buildings). I hope to reduce the number of these over time.