Donegal Railway Heritage Centre
20th August 2008
© copyright photographs by Colin Duff

 

Replica Donegal Town platform ticket The Donegal Railway Heritage Centre is a short walk from the town centre of Donegal (the town is well worth a visit itself) and provides a useful overview of the narrow gauge railway systems that ran in the county. Donegal Railway Heritage Centre ticket
Exterior of Donegal Town Station

The Railway Heritage Centre is based in the former Donegal Town Station, although only a small portion of the original station site. There are both external and internal exhibits.

We found the custodians of the museum to be very approachable and friendly.

The lifting barrier is protecting the entrance to the Bus Éireann depot.

Interior display in Donegal Town Heritage Centre In the station buildings the ground floor rooms are packed with artefacts, displays, pictures and models. The model seen here is a push-along toy to keep younger visitors happy but there are scale models and a working scale model railway to give a flavour of an extensive railway system that is no more.
Brake third 28 is one of the external exhibits. CDRJC brake third 28

 

The wheel-less trailer number 5 has been extensively restored from a bare frame. It was being used to display a video of the County Donegal Railways system. Just seen to the right is grounded wagon number 10.

 

The Donegal Railway Heritage Centre is complemented by a visit to the Fintown Railway (if open) for a short ride on a restored part of the CDR's Stranorlar to Glenties branch.

 

CDRJC trailer 5

County Donegal Railway stock in the Irish Railway Collection

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