In my last post, I mentioned the predictions Donegal’s prophetess Miseog made about the coming of the first railway to this part of Donegal.
Today I will share the highlights of a recent visit to Donegal Model Railway Show, hosted by Donegal Railway Heritage Centre – located in Donegal Town.
I have included this post as one of my regular “Artists Dates” based on the book “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron.
“The County Donegal Railway and The Londonderry and Lough Swilly Railway, with a total of 225 miles of track, formed the largest narrow gauge railway system in north west Europe.”
Donegal Railway Heritage Centre
You will find the following beautifully constructed models at the centre:
A model of the former station in Donegal Town
A model of the station in Letterkenny, including the once famous Oatfield sweet factory in red.
Sadly, both the sweet factory and the stations are no longer in use.
My Inner Child felt incredibly happy to see such beautiful models and some incredible Hornby classics:
Vintage Hornby “O” gauge trains
A 1937 Hornby Set – cost 5 Guineas now worth 3000 Euros!
I made a video of the trains racing round the track. Sadly, it has an obvious technical difficulty. However, I felt that it was worth including nonetheless.
Although the railway is no longer in existence, a number of lovely railway walks have been created that are a great asset to our area.
My post The Loch Chonaill Railway Walk shows 1.1km of the route once used by The Lough Swilly Railway Company to transport fish and other goods from the village of Burtonport to the city of Derry, from 1903 to 1940.
Brigid P Gallagher
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