John Speller's Web Pages Castleblayney, Keady and Armagh Railway (GNR [I])

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Castleblayney, Keady and Armagh Railway (GNR [I]) Untitled HBRHorizontal
Following an unsuccessful attempt to get an Act through Parliament in 1899, the Kingscourt, Keady and Armagh Railway was incorporated by an Act of 1900 to construct a line from Kingscourt on the Midland Great Western Railway to Armagh on the Great Northern Railway (Ireland). Since, however, the company found itself with insufficient funds to proceed, an agreement was reached with the GNR (I) to abandon the Kingscourt to Castleblayney section, and for the Great Northern to complete the rest. The 10-mile section from Armagh to Keady opened on 31 May 1909, with the remaining 8-mile section to Castleblaney opening on 11 November 1910. The line was built to the Irish standard gauge of 5 ft. 3 in. Following the partition of Ireland in 1922 the line found itself straddling the border between the Irish Free State and the United Kingdom. The inconvenience of this led to a considerable decline in traffic, and the Castleblaney to Keady section closed on 10 August 1924. Passenger service on the Keady to Armagh line ceased in 1932, with goods traffic following in 1957.
Map of the Castleblayney, Keady & Armagh Railway.
The major engineering work on the CK&AR was the 190-yard Tassagh Viaduct, which is unusual in being constructed of a combination of stone, brick and concrete. Image copyright Terry Stewart and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons License
Keady station around the time of opening in 1909
The elegant Great Northern terminal at Armagh, which besides the Castleblayney, Keady and Armagh Railway also served the Portadown to Clones and Armagh to Newry lines
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