SLIGO QUAY CONTAINER TERMINAL (1979)
RAIL 11 PHOTO
A bygone scene showing a large amount of containers, oil tankers and general goods at Irish Rail's container terminal at Sligo Quay. The majority of containers are the ubiquituous Bell Lines, probably having travelled from Waterford by rail. The oil tankers were taken weekly from Dublin's Alexandra Road and, on this occasion, would probably have been hauled to Sligo by an 'A' class engine (001 class).
Today Irish rail virtually carries no container traffic - the Norfolk Line traffic was giften to them. What is hard to understand is the lack of political commitment to rail freight. Picture taken 19 April 1979.