Bray Head and Daly sta­tion

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There’s noth­ing more dra­matic than a rail­way perched high on a cliff or ledge, swirling wa­ters at the foot, and trains plung­ing in and out of tun­nels and blast­ing through the head­lands. The Aber­glaslyn Pass in North Wales, the East Coast Main Line in Northum­ber­land and Shake­speare Cliff in Kent are im­pres­sive ex­am­ples. But they’re not as spec­tac­u­lar as the sec­tion of for­mer Dublin & South Eastern Rail­way main line south from Bray to­wards Wick­low. If there’s some­thing fa­mil­iar about this rail­way, it’s be­cause it’s like a more ex­treme ver­sion of the South Devon main line around Dawlish. That’s no sur­prise when you con­sider that Isam­bard King­dom Brunel was the en­gi­neer. This line was a link in the GWR’S chain to pro­mote An­gloirish traf­fic via Fish­guard and Ross­lare. It opened through to Wick­low in 1855 and, af­ter sev­eral name changes and amal­ga­ma­tions, be­came the Dublin & South Eastern Rail­way in 1906 and would, via the Great South­ern Rail­ways, be­come part of CIÉ in 1944. The line to Wick­low via Bray is still open, which means you can en­joy its scenic de­lights to­day.

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