Recently I decided to go to Mullingar in Ireland, which is conveniently on the train line between Dublin and Sligo. I decided to get some pictures inside the carriage for future prospective customers to check out.

Iarnród Éireann (Irish Rail) trains on this route have standard class seats only. First class is not offered as it is not a prestige route like others on the island, such as the Dublin to Belfast route.

Inside A Standard Class Carriage to Mullingar

I arrived at Dublin Connolly station, and the Sligo trains leave from platform one, opposite the Enterprise service to Northern Ireland. The ticket inspector advised to go all the way and to the right. Easy! It had been less than a week since my last journey by train in first class to Kerry, so I was curious how this would compare.

Naturally we left on time, and it took a little over an hour to get to my destination, which was Mullingar in County Westmeath. There were not too many people on board, however it was a middle of the day service on a work day so perhaps that’s not too surprising.

What About The View?!

Certain readers of this blog wanted me to get some photographs of the view. Unfortunately the views from this train are not nearly as nice as the ones heading south, but I managed nonetheless.

The route to Sligo follows the canal for most of the way and a lot of times trees were right up to the railway line. Made for less photos and less of a view, but it is what it is.

Overall Thoughts

Irish Rail trains are well kept, clean and modern. At the moment, they’re limited to 75% capacity due to the pandemic, but that is no real issue.

In normal times you are assigned seats and your name appears at the seat so you know it’s yours. That’s something I’d certainly like to see on Amtrak in the USA!

What do you think of the inside of Irish trains? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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