here’s little doubt that should the railway journey from Bray to Greystones suddenly pop up somewhere along the Orient Express route, most passengers would gasp with delight.
And rightly so. It’s a stunning journey, full of beauty, birds, and more than a little heart-pounding, cliff-edge bouncing.
Built between 1847 and 1856, this particular stretch of railway – serving what was then called Delgany Station – was a major feat of engineering. And back-breaking work, given that much of the track was brought through the cliff rather than over it.
As the Greystones Archaelogical & Historical Society geeks state, ‘the crucial factor in Greystones’ development came in the mid-19th century, with the opening of the railway. Although the station itself was not built until 1859, the line from Bray to Wicklow was completed four years earlier, opening in October 1855 with what was dubbed the ‘experimental trip’.
The build 1912
The man largely responsible for the Greystones railway was, of course, the spectacularly-named Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who drew up plans for the tunnels under Bray Head little more than a decade after the line was opened. A firm called Messrs Crowe & Sons secured the contract for both Greystones and Wicklow stations, for £3,000. The dangers of this new mode of transport hit home with the Brandy Hole railway disaster of August 9th, 1867, in which two people were killed and several injured.
For those of you tempted to walk just above the railway line, you can get a good idea of just how wonderful that trek is righthere. Oh, and you can take a steam train ride from Dublin to Greystones right now, right here. And two 1990s train rides through Greystoneshere. You can also see some of the extra shots from this galleryright here.
In the meantime, we’ve been busy gathering all the archive pics relating to this little wonder. And if you haven’t taken this Class A train journey yet, bejiggers, take a look at Skycam Ireland’s footage of The Sea Breeze chugging along to Heaven Central in July 2017…
Greystones Train Station Early 20th Century Colourised
Greystones Railway Station 1906
Greystones Railway Station 1920. Source Derek Paine
South Beach Boxes & Railway
Hinde oversees the south end of The Long Tunnel
North Beacher Michael Byrne gets to work on the Mile Long Tunnel. Source Derek Paine
Dublin & South Eastern Railway creosoting yard near the north beach
Engine and trucks removing rock along the Cliff Walk
South Beach Tracks Trouble 13th Nov 1901
The north entrance of the long tunnel 1917
The north entrance of the long tunnel 1917
The Greystones-to-Bray tunnels. Source Derek Paine
Wexford to Dublin Mail Train at Greystones 1919
The J15 151 Greystones Station 11SEPT55. Colourised by GG.
Great Western Railways luggage tag
Third Class Ticket Westland Row to Greystones 2nd July 1958 Source: Derek Paine
1st Class Train Ticket from Greystones to Bray 17th July 1918
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