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County Antrim.
Giant's Causeway Station
Runkerry Road
Bushmills
Co Antrim
BT57 8RW
Tel/Fax: (028)20732844
E Mail
Web Site

Giant's Causeway & Bushmills Railway.

The Giant's Causeway and Bushmills Railway runs between the town of Bushmills and the Giant's Causeway, the track is 3 ft. Climb on board for a nostalgic trip trip to the past.

 


County Cavan.

Belturbet Station.

Belturbet Station consisting of 10 acres of land and several railway buildings was bought by the Belturbet Community Development Association in 1995. The association began an ambitious restoration project which now attracts many visitors from across the world.

The station opened in October 1885 serving the local community faithfully until its closure in March 1959. It was owned by The Great Northern Railway, it was unusual in that it catered for both narrow and standard gauge tracks, you can read the history of Belturbet Station on their website.

Belturbet Station
Railway Road
Belturbet
Co. Cavan
Tel +00353-49-9522074
Or +00353 49 9522502
E Mail
Web Site

For an interesting day out why not visit the station for an insight into the bygone days of steam transport in Ireland.

 

 

Cavan and Leitrim Railway.

The Cavan & Leitrim Railway was one of the most fascinating and at one time busiest of Ireland's narrow-gauge railways. Through the accident of its serving a coal field it remained open many years after most of the other 3 ft gauge lines closed, and in its last days made use of engines and rolling stock sent from these other closed systems. But though the railway had a long career, the predominant theme throughout its life was struggle.

In the early years directors faced hostile public opinion and struggle vainly to extend their line to the Arigna coal fields. When the extension was finally built - at a time when the political temperature in Ireland was rising, the initiative was taken by the Government. Changes in the constitution of the Board in 1904 led to friction and some decisions were taken on 'party lines', not always to the best advantage of the Cavan & Leitrim.

Cavan & Leitrim Railway
Station Road
Dromod
Co. Cavan
Tel +353 7196 38599
Fax +353 7196 38599
E Mail
Web Site

 

 

County Donegal.

Fintown Railway.

The Fintown Railway is the only operational railway in Co. Donegal. Set amidst spectacular highland scenery overlooking Lough Finn, the railway (3 am/5km) is a restored section of the former County Donegal Railway. This setting prompted the famous international playwright Brian Friel to pronounce “What is on offer is a unique journey along the shores of a lake as grand as any in Switzerland or Minnesota”

Fintown Railway,
Fintown,
Co Donegal
Tel +353 (0)74 9546280

E Mail
Web Site

The railway nestled deep in the heart of spectacular mountainous scenery steeped in tradition, myth and folklore, and running along the crystal clear waters of Loch Finn is a million miles from the constant rush of every day life. You are invited to relive those bygone days when Donegal had 200 miles of narrow gauge railway operated by the County Donegal and Londonderry & Lough Swilly Railway Companies.

County Donegal Railway.

Of all the distinctive Irish railways that have attracted the admiration and devotion of railway enthusiasts none seems to have captured the imagination quite like the County Donegal Railway.
Stretching for many miles through a remote and mountainous part of Ireland this substantial narrow-gauge railway had a remarkable history of growth and expansion both in routes and motive power.

The Old Station House,
Tyrconnell Street,
Donegal Town,
Co Donegal
Tel: +353 74 97 22655
Fax: +353 74 97 23843
E Mail
Web Site

With an initial broad-gauge section, then subsequently entirely narrow-gauge, with direct railway connections to the city quay side of Derry and reaching into the most inhospitable glens and mountain passes, the Donegal Railway certainly earned that much-overused epithet of "a unique railway"

Visit the County Donegal Railway website for more information.

County Down.

Downpatrick Railway
Newcastle Road
Downpatrick
Co Down
BT30 6LZ
077 9080 2049
028 4461 5779
E Mail
Downpatrick Railway Website

Downpatrick Railway Preservation Society.

Visit Downpatrick Railway website to learn more about their excellent work, view images of the trains and learn about the history of railways in Ireland.

Other heritage sites in County Down.

See also our pages on The Railways in Ireland.

Model Engineers Society NIl

Co Down
Tel:+44 (0)28
E Mail
Web Site

The Model Engineers' Society (NI) Ltd.

The Model Engineers Society was founded in 1944, it is situated at Cultra County Down where a track 1,770 long was laid.

Visit their website for further information.

Web Site

Dundonald Station.

Dundonald Station was part of The Belfast and County Down Railway system. This not a museum or heritage site but there is much interesting information about the Belfast and County Down Railway and Dundonald Station in particular.

Down Mini Rail
Four Roads End
Newtownards
Co Down
Tel:+44 (0)28
E Mail
Web Site

Down Mini Rail.

This charming miniature railway is the result of fourteen years hard work by a group of committed volunteers, the track extends to about 1500 Metres (1,641 Yards) the trains run on a track with a gauge of 19 Cm (7.5 inches). The society open the railway to the public on about forty days a year, visit their web site for details.

The railway is located at Four Road Ends, where the Bangor to Carrowdore Road meets the B172 Newtownards to Milllisle Road. If you would like to join the society and help with the day to day running and maintaince, they are currently looking for new members.

County Fermanagh.

Headhunters Barbers Shop & Railway Museum.

A trip to Headhunters Barber Shop & Railway Museum is like taking a remarkable journey into the past bringing the golden age of the railway vividly to life. Visitors start their journey of discovery at the reconstructed Railway Booking Office where the ticket collector invites you to step on board and enjoy the evocative nostalgia, social heritage and amazing artifacts associated with the railways which operated throughout Fermanagh and the Border Counties until their closure in 1957.

The association between the barbers shop and the railway theme was inspired through the family's interest in local railway history. Customers enjoy the professional hairstyling, friendly atmosphere and unique opportunity to be surrounded with a feast of railway memorabilia.

On the Headhunters website you can listen to some nostalgic railway poetry.
Headhunters Barbers Shop & Railway Museum
5 Darling Street,
Enniskillen,
Co Fermanagh
BT74 7DP
Tel (+44) 028 6632 7488
E Mail
Web Site

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County Roscommon.

Hells Kitchen Railway Museum & Bar.

The Museum is located adjacent to Hells Kitchen Bar in Castlerea County Roscommon, Ireland. The Museum boasts the Largest Private Collection of Rail Memorabilia in Ireland. The pride of this collection is an A55 Diesel Locomotive fully and lovingly restored. Also on display are bells, lamps, shunting poles, signal equipment, staffs, station boards, etc. We also have a T.V monitor for viewing archival material. The whole project cost £150,000 and we are very grateful for the grant aid of £35,000 which we received from the Roscommon Enterprise Board.

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Hells Kitchen Railway Museum & Bar,
Main Street,
Castlerea.
Co Roscommon
Tel +353 (0)94 96 20181
E Mail
Web Site

Visit Hells' Kitchen website for more information.

 

County Waterford.

Waterford & Suir Valley Railway Company.

The Waterford and Suir Valley Railway Company is a community heritage project with charitable status ref: chy 13857. The project has enabled the magic of rails golden age to be brought to life in Kilmeadan. A heritage narrow gauge railway runs along 12 kilometres of the abandoned Waterford - Dungarvan line.

Experience the beauty of the Suir Valley from a period carriage as you take in the panoramic views of the river, rolling farmland and mountains. The track runs mostly along the picturesque banks of the River Suir offering views of the world famous Mount Congreve Gardens and the recently discovered site of a Viking settlement at Woodstown. This is an area rich in history and only accessible by train.
Waterford & Suir Valley Railway Company,
Kilmeadan Station,
Kilmeadan,
Co Waterford,
Tel +353 (0 51 384058
E Mail
Web Site

A visit to the Waterford & Suir Valley Railway Company is highly recommended as is a visit to their excellent website, where you will discover not only lots of facts about the railway and its history but a considerable amount of information and images relating to the surrounding country.

 

County Dublin.

Fry Model Railway.

The Fry Model Railway is a unique collection of handmade models of Irish trains, from the beginning of rail travel to modern times. One of the world’s largest miniature railways, the exhibition is unique in that it is a working railway covering an area of 2,500 sq. feet.

Web Site