Skibbereen & Schull light railway: Leamawaddra river site

Between Kilcoe and Ballydehob stations on the narrow-guage railway from Skibbereen to Schull, the track crossed the Leamawaddra (jump of the dog) river near a road bridge over the same river known as ‘Crooked’ bridge. The site is very overgrown today (the line was lifted in the 1950s) and very difficult to access from the east, but much easier from the west. Shown below is the current state of a series of S-bend cuttings and embankments, in what is perhaps one of the wildest bits of terrain on the 14.3 mile system, excepting the Ballydehob area. In the first photo the line was to the right of the fence posts (which are original). The second shown an embankment running from bottom-left to centre-right, with the Leamawaddra river intersecting it, running centre-right to top-left. The third is taken where the bridge used to be – only the abutments and central pier now remain. The fourth shows the east abutment and central pier. Finally a photo showing the whole site when the railway was in operation, looking east. The wooden water tank has vanished. Here is the map link for the site.

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