Abandoned MGWR Signal Box, Castletown, Westmeath, Ireland

Selected for Google Maps and Google Earth

Comments (20)

2c on April 14, 2008

Hi d. yalamidis-gr!

Thanks for your lovely comments!

Greetings from Dublin Ireland!

regards h

funtor on May 14, 2008


2c on May 14, 2008

Thanks funtor, much appreciated!

regards h

laughingmackerel on May 15, 2008

This Black and white is excellent

A cracker :)

2c on May 16, 2008

Thanks LM,

Hope your well, Great location, This was part of about 40 miles of the old Galway - Dublin Mainline Railway closed in the mid 70's. They left all the tracks & stations in place for the future. The tracks are still all date stamped from 1945. The resolution on google earth map isn't great but the line can be followed as the brown line from mullingar to athlone.

regards h

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on May 21, 2008

Greetings h. Too right this is abandoned !!! That is the precise feeling this amazing photo portrays. It is like a scene from a film set.

I do so much appreciate your B+W photos h. Its compulsive viewing for me.



2c on May 22, 2008

Thanks Des & jim,

delighted you like them, I think the sky in this helps that cinematic mood. It's rare you find a old mainline railway left relatively intact through the countryside in these parts. Great subject when you do.

regards from Dublin


jeybee68 (Views?NoTh… on June 12, 2008

Very good photo!!

Regards from Germany

2c on June 13, 2008

Thanks Jeybee68,

delighted you like it and thanks for taking the time to comment!

warm wishes from Dublin....


José Mª Alvarez Soli… on July 2, 2008

I see that you're a photographer who likes to B/ W, are precious few photographs, in this particular caught my attention more to open and discovered it was a beautiful Imaje. Greetings from Spain.

2c on July 2, 2008

Thanks Lazariparcero,

I love to take pictures like this that capture the spirit of a time and place, of course the b/w only enhances the mood even further, delighted you like it!

Best regards from Dublin


pianoman4Jesus on August 10, 2008

Great photo of a piece of history!

2c on August 11, 2008

Hi pianoman4Jesus, (what a great name!)

This old signal cabin was once part of the old Dublin- Galway Mainline, This 30 mile section been mothballed since the mid 80's, Its rare to find a old mainline relatively intacted in this day & age, almost like a film set!

Best Regards from Dublin h

pianoman4Jesus on August 12, 2008

Greetings 2c, In the USA, some might think your login name means "two cents" which you chime in with "your two cents!" ;-)

I guess I will add DGM to our list of things to see when we make it to the UK at some point. This and retracing Michael Palin's route in his film circa 1980. Sounds fascinating! So how modernized was this line before it was mothballed? Judging from this photo, I dare say mechanical signals rather than electric. Correct? Looks like Thomas would feel right at home on this line! ;-)

2c on August 13, 2008

Hi pianoman4Jesus,

That sounds pretty good! we recommend the irish Alantic coast for the list although not many railways left over there anymore...

This line wasn't really modernized before it was mothballed, remaining semaphore in operation. when i was taking these shots i noticed the date stamp on the tracks left in place was from 1945! when i visited moate station 9a few miles from here) a couple of years ago there was still some old faded 70's & 80's travel posters fading into obscurity on the walls! (this pic was taken 6 months ago, so not much has changed!

Best regards from Dublin


Tony Reid on July 2, 2009

Cool shot, 2C.

I like it.

Cheers, Tony in New Zealand

2c on July 3, 2009

Hi Tony, Thanks! Hope your well! delighted you like this one! The lines now mothballed, slowly crumbling away. It's great place for a ramble! Thanks for stopping by.

Warmest regards from Dublin h

hogg82 on March 16, 2010

I live in Castletown. This is an amazing photo... well done.

joanny752@123 on November 5, 2010

fantastic b&W thanks for sharing it! Lovely.

2c on November 5, 2010

Thanks joanny752@123! delighted you like it!

Warmest regards from Dublin h

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on April 11, 2008
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by 2c
    • Camera: Canon EOS 20D
    • Taken on 2007/12/09 12:54:50
    • Exposure: 0.006s (1/160)
    • Focal Length: 18.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/8.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO400
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash