The Waterford Greenway stretches 48km along a very scenic route from Bilbery in Waterford city to Dungarvan in west county Waterford. The Waterford Greenway follows the route of the old railway line from Waterford to Dungarvan.
The Waterford, Dungarvan & Lismore Railway Company, was set-up in 1872. This 43 mile stretch of railway was the most expensive line to be built in Ireland at the time, as it followed the most difficult route of any railway in the South. It was a very hilly line with a series of sharp curves, a tunnel 439 feet long near Durrow and two viaducts, one at Durrow and the other at Ballyvoyle. It also included a great number of under and over bridges and three road crossings at Dungarvan.
Waterford’s fourth railway line opened to traffic on 12th August 1878 and it was considered the most scenic route in Ireland with the most amazing views of the ocean and the lush green countryside through which it travelled. C.I.E. continued to maintain the line until 1987 when the last train was seen on the Waterford Dungarvan line.
Waterford City & County Council obtained a license from CIE at the start of the century to develop the line as an amenity for the public who it represents.