|Coolaney Train Station with Washing|
I visited Coolaney Train Station in 2007. It has been closed since 1963 and also used to be known as Leyny Station. Coolaney Station is on the Collooney to Claremorris Line.
|Train Station with Grass|
When I visited the Station there was washing drying on the platform; it was nice to see that the Station still had some use. I called into the house next door and asked if the Station belonged to their family. It did indeed and the people in the house were very kind and let me in to take some photographs.
|Ticket Office Bathroom|
When Coolaney Station closed it was used as a home for a number of years. The ticket office was converted into a bathroom, but the ticket hatch was never removed from the wall.
|View from the Ledge|
After visiting the Station I spent several weeks walking the line from Coolaney to Tubbercurry. I had planned to walk the whole North Western Rail Corridor but I stopped the journey because I felt like I was trespassing. Since the line has closed people have incorporated it into their gardens and farms; as I followed the line it seemed that I was on people's land. A walk along an abandoned rail line is also a pleasant experience. These spaces have become wonderful nature reserves.
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