Dublin's Railway Termini: Amiens Street
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This cache is one of six in the "Dublin's Railway Termini" series. The full series, consisting of Westland Row, Amiens Street, Kingsbridge, North Wall, Broadstone and Harcourt Street will bring you to the railway termini, both past and present, of Dublin city and will hopefully give you an appreciation for the vast railway network that once served the city. Today the railway buildings remain as impressive and imposing structures within their surrounding localities. While some of the buildings remain in use as railway stations, others are sadly neglected relics of Dublin's railway past.
Inside the lid of each cache you will find 2 numbers printed in red and white lettering. Gather all 12 numbers and you will be able to ascertain the coordinates for an exclusive 7th cache relating to Dublin's railway history.
Dublin Connolly, previously named Amiens Street Station, is a focal point in the Irish route network. The ornate station facade has a distinctive Italianate tower at its centre. Situated on the north side of the River Liffey, the station provides intercity and commuter services to the north, northwest and south of the country. The north-south Dublin Area Rapid Transit (DART) service also passes through the station. The station offices serve as the headquarters of the Irish Rail firm, Iarnród Éireann.
The station was opened on 29 November 1844 by the Dublin & Drogheda Railway Company as Dublin Station, but was renamed ten years later as Amiens Street Station after the street on which it is located. Originally the station only served a single mainline to Drogheda, and only in 1853 did through services to Belfast commence. In 1891 the City of Dublin Junction Railway connected the station with Westland Row Station (now Pearse Station) on the city's south side. The C of D Jctn was a separate station known as Amiens St Junction and consisted of the present platforms 5,6 & 7 with a separate street entrance. After the amalgamation of the GNR at the end of the 1950s this station became part of the overall Amiens St and the separate entrance fell into disuse. The C of D Jctn Rly. allowed services to run from Amiens St., through to Westland Row, and onwards to Rosslare and the Southeast. Services to Sligo were transferred to the station in 1937, with the closure of Broadstone Station by CIÉ. Services to Galway and Mayo also originated/terminated at Connolly Station after 1937, running via Mullingar and Athlone. This was discontinued in the 1970s in favour of running services out of Heuston Station on the better quality Cork line. Passenger running between Mullingar/Athlone ceased completely in 1987.
In 1966, the 50th anniversary of the Easter Rising, the station's name was changed to Connolly Station after Irish revolutionary and socialist James Connolly. At the same time, several other main stations in the Republic were renamed after patriots executed for their roles in the Rising.
At the commencement of DART services in 1984, the C of D Jctn Rly entrance was refurbished and reopened for commuter traffic.
During the late 1990s, Connolly Station was completely renovated and partially rebuilt. An entirely new station hall was built, the roof over Platforms 1-4 was replaced, and a new bar/cafe and shops were installed. The former DART/Suburban station entrance (C of D Jctn Rly entrance) and the secondary station hall built with the DART (further north on Amiens St) were again closed, but a new entrance on the International Financial Services Centre side was opened. In 2004, the Luas Red Line (to Tallaght) began serving the station. As part of the preparation for this, the ramp which had been a bus terminus was demolished and replaced with a 2-platform tram station connected to the main concourse by escalators and lift.
The cache is a magnetic micro. Please replace it as you found it, ensuring it is not visible. Beware of possible watching eyes in this area. GPS reception at the cache site may be poor, so you may need the clue.
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