After the case went to the highest levels of government, the rail company prevailed in the dispute thus giving the green light to the expansion of the railway system to the rest of the country. Sallins is a gem of a canalside village. Boats, converted barges and cruisers, are moored here in large numbers with modern berthing facilities. The fleet of craft recaptures the spirit of the times when cargo barge traffic to the former Odlum’s mills brought bustling quayside activity to the village. Nowadays a boat hire business offers trips to the landmarks of canal engineering within a short cruise from the village. The historic structure of Sallins was that of a 19th century transport hub defined by the corridors of waterway and railway. It was in effect a village between two bridges. In modern times housing estates extend into the Kildare countryside, evidence of the vibrant and cosmopolitan place which Sallins has become. Its growth has been driven by the commuter rail service to the town’s 19th century station – a facility which offers the walker the chance to return to Hazelhatch or Dublin by rail. Sallins is an ideal pit-stop well equipped with eating places and cafes. Approaching the 15th Lock Harbour at Sallins 23 THE GRAND CANAL