The new DART station (opened Jan. 2001) is built on the site of Ireland's first loco depot. This was the motive power shed for the Dublin-Kingstown railway; the DART still runs south of Dublin to Dun Laoghaire (Kingstown) on the original route. In recent years the surviving shed was used by C.I.E./Irish Rail's Civil Engineering section. The building was rebuilt long after the demise of the Dublin-Kingstown, and the rebuilt shed incorporated original wide flat-bottomed rails from the Dublin-Kingstown railway. They were used as uprights in the shed until its recent demolition

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Drumcondra station is well worth a visit, particularly in the evenings when the Sligo passenger goes down, the evening freight from North Wall to points south-west and west pass through and there is also some surburban traffic too. There are some good views from the platform since it is an elevated station.

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