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Cavan and Leitrim Railway.



Cavan and Leitrim Railway
 

Narrow Gauge Station.

The narrow gauge railway line that once connected the towns of Drumshanbo, Mohill and Ballinamore is chronicled in the former station at Dromod. Half a mile of the old line has been restored and you can experience the sights, sounds and smells of the bygone age of steam, and take a ride on board a train running the length of the restored track. The line was closed, despite a storm of local protest in 1959.

There were a surprising number of narrow gauge railways in rural Ireland in the early years of the last century, there was hardly a town in Ireland that was more than ten miles from a station, at its peak in the 1920 3,500 miles of track wended it way through the countryside. The gauge universally adopted for the small track was 3 Ft (.91 M) while the main lines eventually adopted 5 ft 3 inches (1.602 M)

The age of steam is not forgotten in Ireland, there are many heritage sites displaying memorabilia from the golden age of steam and are dedicated to preserving a mode of transport that although still with us, albeit on a much curtailed scale, was perhaps the major carrier of people and freight for over a century. Some of the main lines offer steam excursions occasionally.

Cavan And Leitrim Railway
Dromod
Co Leitrim.
Phone:+353 78 38599
E Mail
Web Site

See also our page on Irish Railway History.
and other narrow guage railways in Ireland.

Contact Michael Kennedy.