The old Youghal Branch is still there if you know where to look for it. It’s a vestige from another time, which makes it all the more fascinating to me.
A few years back Irish Rail rebuilt and reactivated the line from Cobh Junction to Midleton, Co. Cork, but beyond there the line is dormant. The last move east of Midleton, occurred in 1988. And prior to that trains were—at best—infrequent.
Earlier this month, Ken Fox gave me a detailed tour of the old railway, much of which is now heavily overgrown.
To the untrained eye (no pun intended) there’s little to see in most places. You could easily miss the railway altogether.
Yet, below the weeds, bushes and detritus are rails and sleepers. It more than just track; signal cabins still stand at Killeagh and Youghal, as do the old stations at Mogeely and Youghal.
Mogeely has been cleared, and there’s plenty to explore around the old station area.
I made these photos using my Lumix LX7 and Fujifilm XT1. Any favourites?
Tracking the Light is on autopilot while Brian is traveling.