Journal Volume 7 2013
Dublin and Wicklow railway (continued/1)
The exceedingly difficult task of cutting through such a vast mass of rock as the seafront of Bray Head, and overcoming the obstacles presented by the deep earth slopes, could only have been accomplished by the man whose indomitable perseverance and energy have gained him a world-wide fame.
Bray Head Tunnel
At about three o’clock the train started from Bray, and passed through what might, from the heights above, appear a formidable pass, but, viewed from the railway, the observer is assured that all is as secure from accident as if the line ran entirely on a level plain, and not the slightest apprehension of danger need be entertained. The various bridges crossing the sea inlets are of the most solid construction, and the tunnels, which are splendid monuments of enterprise and skill, have been completed in the most perfect and durable manner. Upon leaving the last tunnel the line runs almost level to its present termination.
The station-houses will be fine specimens of simple and useful architecture ... The station at Greystones is within a short distance of the Glen of the Downs, Bellevue, Delgany, and the Sugar Loaf mountains. Kilcool, the second station from Bray, is contiguous to Newtownmountkennedy, Hermitage, Woodstock, &c. The third station is at Killoughter, and the last on the Morrough, near the town of Wicklow ... Along the route the most beautiful and attractive scenery is presented to the traveller’s view ... and the country about is studded with handsome seats, and well wooded and picturesque demesnes.
The town of Wicklow appeared to be much improved, and now that the line to it is complete, will doubtless soon rise to greater importance and prosperity. The view of the country, and the coast from the hill behind the town is one of the finest that could easily be conceived ...
On returning to Bray, the gentlemen invited to be present at the trial trip dined together at Breslin’s hotel, where every attention was paid to their comfort and convenience ...