Farewell to Limerick’s ‘mechanical’ signal cabins

By Hassard Stacpoole

AFTER the passage of ICR No. 22134 working the 18.25 Heuston-Limerick at 20.34 on June 4, mechanical signalling came to an end in Limerick with the closure of Limerick Check and Limerick Station cabins for conversion to centralised traffic control (CTC).

The end for Limerick Check on June 4. The incoming colour light signals can be seen to the left and outside the cabin, while beyond the semaphores represent the outgoing era. HASSARD STACPOOLE

Limerick Check, at milepost ½, was the last survivor of six mechanical cabins in Limerick, opened in 1910 with a 50-lever Railway Signal Company lever frame, controlling both semaphore and electric signals.

Called the Check – because a 130-ft timber platform stood on the Up side – it was the last survivor of once numerous Check platforms in Ireland. It controlled Ennis junction and the junctions for the mothballed Foynes (disconnected November 2007) branch and the 4½-mile Castlemungret cement siding (disconnected March 2013).

It was also the fringe box for CTC controlled from Dublin Connolly station.

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