Apart from the major effort and expense of laying track on the old Donegal Railway trackbed, one of the few ways left to keep the old railways in the minds of local people and to attract outside interest is a model railway show.
Local enthusiasts County Donegal Railway Restoration Ltd who operate out of the restored old station building in Donegal Town have just such a show at Kee’s Hotel in Stranorlar this weekend starting tomorrow, Friday 9 and Saturday, September 10 from 11am to 5pm each day. There will be working small scale layouts of original Donegal railway stations – Letterkenny and Donegal Town, plus a similar scale model of Schull Station on the old Schull and Skibbereen line in Cork. There will be other working models including Hornby tinplate and Meccano, plus big garden railway size models of the Donegal rolling stock.
At the last show, in August, the digital displays of local railway photos on a computer screen caused a lot of interest, so this time there will be more emphasis on this and bigger screens, plus the facility to ask to see photos of a given part of the railway, and possibly, where copyright permits, to order prints of these.
This is a real opportunity for locals to research and remind themselves of their old railway and for visitors to get to know the importance of the railways in the development of Donegal and to get a taste of their days of operation.
Entry is only €5 for adults and €4 for concessions and children. More information from County Donegal Railway Restoration on (074) 9722655