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Memories and mementos of Strabane Station and the narrow gauge County Donegal lines can be seen at this week’s Model Railway Show in Strabane. This is at Bridge Hall through the arch opposite the Bridge Café in Derry Road, from 12 noon to 5 pm this Friday and Saturday 24th and 25th July. For Special Needs children there is an evening opening from 6.30pm to 8.30 pm on the Friday.
For old pictures of the railway there is a touch-screen system that can be worked by people who are not computer-wise. DVDs of the old railways will be showing and these and railway books will be for sale at the show.
For those who like to see something moving, there are three wonderful working scale models in 4mm to the foot scale, one each of Letterkenny, Burtonport and Donegal town stations. Then we have a working OO gauge layout that was once the show layout at the old Linton & Robinson store in Strabane.
Then we can go up a size for a large Hornby O gauge layout, running actual original Hornby engines and rolling stock from the 1930s when the County Donegal Railway was in its heyday.
There will be a display of Dinky and Matchbox Toys from the 1950s and 1960s when Strabane Station was still open. Meccano is not left out with working Meccano models, two from the top No 10 outfit, and a number of smaller models. A final Meccano product will be the Bayko houses and buildings built from Bakelite kits marketed by Meccano under the Bayko name.
A big model of a Ruston engine coupled to an open coach that can take several children and adults for a short ride will be running on a length of 7¼” gauge track. A Children’s play-tent system will also keep the younger ones occupied.
Admission is £2/€3 per adult, £1.50/€2 per child with £7/€10 for a family ticket for two adults and three children.
More details from the Donegal Railway Heritage Centre on 00 353 (0)74 9722655.
Thank you to all who came to our show over the last 2 months. Hope you all enjoyed our shows.
Please check back for dates for our next shows
Donegal Railway Heritage Centre
Our colourful museum has the complete story of the narrow gauge railways of County Donegal.
The County Donegal Railway and the Londonderry & Lough Swilly Railway, with a total of 225 miles of track, formed the largest narrow gauge railway system in north-west Europe. The story is told through large illustrated wall-boards, and on a variety of DVDs shown in two locations in our centre. These can be watched in comfort while enjoying a hot or cold drink and a snack.( See last 2 photos below).
A variety of beautifully constructed models in various scales, some of which can be seen working, also tell the story and give an insight into how the railways were. For the researcher we have the largest digitised collection of Donegal railway photos in the world, a selection of which is on automatic presentation for visitors. There are also several restored items of County Donegal Railway rolling stock which visitors can enter and explore.
DVDs, books and other souvenir items can be bought in the shop or if you cannot visit us you can buy the DVDs, books, posters and other items from our online shop.
Feel free to visit us if you are in the Donegal Town area. Our opening times are on the Contact Us tab.