Modellers Resources


Modelling the railways of Donegal

Choice of scale

  • 3 mm on 9mm N gauge track
  • 4 mm on 12 mm gauge track
  • 5.5 mm on 16.5mm gauge track
  • 7 mm on 21 mm gauge track
  • 10 mm on 32 mm O gauge track
  • 16 mm on 45 mm 1 gauge track

Some established layouts

Donegal – 5 mm scale (George Hannan), on permanent display at the Donegal Railway Heritage Centre

Donegal - 4 mm scale (Andy Cundick) now in the ownership of Neil Tee

Donegal - 4 mm scale (Alan Gee)

Killybegs – 5.5 mm scale (Neil Tee), on permanent display at the Donegal Railway Heritage Centre.

Inver – 7 mm scale (John Seward )

Castlefinn – 4 mm scale (Andy Cundick), this layout may now have been broken up

Letterkenny – 4 mm scale (Andy Cundick) now awaiting permanent display at the Donegal Railway Heritage Centre

Strabane – 4 mm scale (Andy Cundick) still under construction but on the exhibition circuit

Locomotive Kits

Available Kits – Contact manufacturers for full information/cost

CDR Class 5 2-6-4T: Backwoods Miniatures (4 mm scale)

CDR Diesel Tractor No 11 Phoenix: Backwoods Miniatures (4 mm scale)Alphagraphix (7 mm scale)

L&LSR 4-8-0 tender engine: Backwoods Miniatures (4 mm scale)

L&LSR 4-8-4T: Alphagraphix (7 mm scale)

Locomotive Drawings

County Donegal Railway Joint Commitee

Model Railway News [now Model Railways] July 1963, p 265/6. (4 mm scale), Narrow Lines April 1983, No 20, p 11. (7 mm scale)

Class 3 4-4-4T: The Irish Narrow Gauge (Narrow Lines Extra No 6) 1988 (7 mm scale), Railway Modeller July 1986 p 282 (4 mm scale)1

Class 5a 2-6-4T: The Irish Narrow Gauge (Narrow Lines Extra No 6) 1988 (7 mm scale), Railway Modeller Dec 1984 p 489 (4 mm scale)1

Phoenix: Merioneth Mercury* (Merioneth Railway Society). No 14, July 1978, p 191 (7mm scale). The Redlake Tramway and China Clay Works. EA Wade. Twelvehead Press 1982. Drawing of sister locomotive (5 mm scale)

Available collectively as Modelling the Irish Narrow Gauge – a Railway Modeller Special. David Lloyd (Peco Publications, 1989).

Londonderry and lough swilly railway

L&BER 4-6-0T: Model Railway News [now Model Railways] May 1962, p 185. (4mm scale)

L&LSR 0-6-0T: The Londonderry & Lough Swilly Railway. J I C Boyd. Bradford & Barton 1980. p 90 (6 mm scale)

L&LSR 4-8-4T: The Londonderry & Lough Swilly Railway. J I C Boyd. Bradford & Barton 1980. p 86 (5 mm scale). The Narrow Gauge No 51. July 1969. (7 mm scale)

L&LSR 4-6-2T (nos 7/8): The Londonderry & Lough Swilly Railway. J I C Boyd. Bradford & Barton 1980. p 87 (6 mm scale)

L&LSR 4-6-2T (nos 9/10): The Irish Narrow Gauge (Narrow Lines Extra No 6) 1988 (7 mm scale). Railway ModellerAug 1985 p 329 (4 mm scale). The Londonderry & Lough Swilly Railway. J I C Boyd. Bradford & Barton 1980. p 89 (5.5 mm scale). The Narrow Gauge No 83. Spring 1979. (2.3 mm scale)

L&LSR 4-8-0: The Londonderry & Lough Swilly Railway. J I C Boyd. Bradford & Barton 1980. p 84/5 (8 mm scale). The Narrow Gauge No 38. May 1965, P 12.

L&BER 4-6-2T (nos 13/14): The Londonderry & Lough Swilly Railway. J I C Boyd. Bradford & Barton 1980. p 88 (5.5 mm scale)

Railcars and Trailer Kits

Available Kits – Contact manufacturers for full information / cost.

CDR Railcar No 3: Alphagraphix (7 mm scale)

CDR Railcar No 4: Backwoods Miniatures (4 mm scale)

CDR Trailer No 5: Alphagraphix (7 mm scale)

CDR Railcar No 7/8: Backwoods Miniatures (4 mm scale)

CDR Railcar No 9: Alphagraphix (7 mm scale)

CDR Railcar No 10: Backwoods Miniatures (4 mm scale), Alphagraphix (7 mm scale)

CDR Railcar No 14: Backwoods Miniatures (4 mm scale)

CDR Railcar No 19/20: Anbrico (no longer available commercially – possibly second hand)

Railcars and Trailer Drawings

The following drawings have been published. * indicates no longer in print.

CDRJC Railcar No 1: Railway Times* (The NG Railway Centre, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd, N Wales) [now Model Railways] No 20. Spring 1981, p 31. (5 mm scale)

Railcar No 2/3 (ex DVLR): Railway World. June 1961, p206 (as running on DVLR)

Railcar No 3 (ex D&BST): The Irish Narrow Gauge (Narrow Lines Extra No 6) 1988 (7 mm scale). Railway ModellerFebruary 1987 p 81 (4 mm scale)1

Railcar No 4: The Irish Narrow Gauge (Narrow Lines Extra No 6) 1988 (7 mm scale). Railway Modeller September 1987 p 386 (4 mm scale)1

Railcar No 7/8: Model Railway Constructor *. July 1961, p 164. (2.8 mm scale). Railway Modeller September 1987 p 387 (4 mm scale)1

Railcar No 10 (ex CVR No 1): The Irish Narrow Gauge (Narrow Lines Extra No 6) 1988 (7 mm scale). Railway ModellerNovember 1987 p 478 (4 mm scale)1

Railcar No 12/14: The Irish Narrow Gauge (Narrow Lines Extra No 6) 1988 (7 mm scale). Railway Modeller December 1987 p 526/7 (4 mm scale)1

Railcar No 15-18: The Irish Narrow Gauge (Narrow Lines Extra No 6) 1988 (7 mm scale). Railway Modeller December 1987 p 526/7 (4 mm scale)1

Railcar No 19/20: The Irish Narrow Gauge (Narrow Lines Extra No 6) 1988 (7 mm scale). Railway Modeller January 1988 p 35 (4 mm scale)1. The Isle of Man Railway. J I C Boyd (Oakwood Press, 1973).

Available collectively as Modelling the Irish Narrow Gauge – a Railway Modeller Special. David Lloyd(Peco Publications, 1989).

Carriage Kits

Available Kits – Contact manufacturers for full information / cost.

CDR 1893 Oldbury stock Backwoods Miniatures (4 mm scale), Tyrconnel Models (7 mm scale)

1893 Oldbury Brake/3rd No.28 Alphagraphix (7 mm scale)

CDR Oldbury/Pickering saloon coaches Alphagraphix (7 mm scale)

L&BER Brake 3rd Allen Doherty (3 or 4 mm scale)

L&BER Composite Allen Doherty (3 or 4 mm scale)

L&LSR 3rd Allen Doherty (3 or 4 mm scale)

Carriage Drawings

County Donegal Railway Joint Commitee

No 38 (Pickering) (Bogie Lav Compo): Model Railways. February 1979, p 116/7. (4+5 mm scale)

No 59 (ex LMS/NCC): Model Railway Constructor. December 1951, No 2 p 54.

Londonderry and lough swilly railway

L&LSR No 6-12 (Cleminson) (6-wheel 3rds): The Londonderry & Lough Swilly Railway. J I C Boyd. Bradford & Barton 1980. p 92 (4 mm scale)

No 25 (Lancaster) (Bogie Brake 3rd) The Londonderry & Lough Swilly Railway. J I C Boyd. Bradford & Barton 1980. p 91 (4 mm scale)

No 32/34 (Lancaster) (Bogie Brake 3rd): The Londonderry & Lough Swilly Railway. J I C Boyd. Bradford & Barton 1980. p 91 (4 mm scale)

L&BER

No 1-5 (Pickering) (Bogie 3rd): The Londonderry & Lough Swilly Railway. J I C Boyd. Bradford & Barton 1980. p 92 (4 mm scale)

No 6-9 (Pickering) (Bogie Brake 3rd): The Londonderry & Lough Swilly Railway. J I C Boyd. Bradford & Barton 1980. p 91 (4 mm scale)

No 10-12 (Pickering) (Bogie Compo): The Londonderry & Lough Swilly Railway. J I C Boyd. Bradford & Barton 1980. p 91 (4 mm scale)

Wagon and Van Kits

Available Kits – Contact manufacturers for full information / cost.

CDR Oldbury sliding-door van: Ninelines (4 mm scale)

CDR Oldbury standard 6 ton open: Ninelines (4 mm scale)

CDR Combination goods/cattle van: Backwoods Miniatures (4 mm scale), Tyrconnel Models (7 mm scale)

CDR Oldbury/Met sliding-door van: Tyrconnel Models (7 mm scale)

CDR Oldbury/Met standard 6 ton open: Tyrconnel Models (7 mm scale)

CDR Single-plank dropside open: Tyrconnel Models (7 mm scale)

CDR (S&LR) 7 ton box van: Tyrconnel Models (7 mm scale)

CDR Tranship wagon: Tyrconnel Models (7 mm scale)

CDR Red Van (ex-CVR): Tyrconnel Models (7 mm scale)

CDR Bogie goods van: Tyrconnel Models (7 mm scale)

Wagon and Van Drawings

County Donegal Railway Joint Commitee

The following drawings have been published. * indicates no longer in print.

No 46-95 (Oldbury) (4w Centre sliding door van): Model Railways. May 1973, p 244. (4 mm scale)

No 101-120 (Oldbury) (4w 5-plank centre drop door open): Model Railways. May 1973, p 244. (4 mm scale)

No 229-238 (Pickering) (4w 4-plank centre drop door open): Model Railways. June 1973, p 278. (4 mm scale)

No 239-248 (Pickering) (4w centre swing doors Goods/Cattle): Model Railways. June 1973, p 277. (4 mm scale)

No 255-284 (Hurst Nelson) (4w centre swing doors Goods): Model Railways. June 1973, p 278. (4 mm scale)

No 295-304 (Hurst Nelson) (4w 4-plank centre drop door open): Model Railways. June 1973, p 278. (4 mm scale)

Londonderry and lough swilly railway

No 5 (Unknown) (4w centre swing doors Goods Brake van): The Londonderry & Lough Swilly Railway. J I C Boyd. Bradford & Barton 1980. p 93 (4 mm scale)

No 24 (Unknown) (4w centre swing doors Goods van): The Londonderry & Lough Swilly Railway. J I C Boyd. Bradford & Barton 1980. p 96 (4 mm scale)

No 35 (Unknown) (4w 3-plank drop side wagon): The Londonderry & Lough Swilly Railway. J I C Boyd. Bradford & Barton 1980. p 94 (4.3 mm scale)

No 78 (Unknown) (4w Centre swing doors roofless cattle wagon): The Londonderry & Lough Swilly Railway. J I C Boyd. Bradford & Barton 1980. p 95 (6.4 mm scale)

No 112 (Unknown) (4w plank centre drop door open): The Londonderry & Lough Swilly Railway. J I C Boyd. Bradford & Barton 1980. p 94 (4.3 mm scale)

No 148 (Unknown) (4w “Esso” tank wagon): The Londonderry & Lough Swilly Railway. J I C Boyd. Bradford & Barton 1980. p 94 (4.3 mm scale)

L&BER

No 90 (Unknown) (Bogie twin sliding doors ventilated van): The Narrow Gauge. No 51 July 1969 (7mm scale)

No 7 (Unknown) (Bogie Goods Brake van – rebuilt from Brake 3rd): The Londonderry & Lough Swilly Railway. J I C Boyd. Bradford & Barton 1980. p 93 (4 mm scale)

No 23 (Unknown) (4w Centre swing doors goods): The Londonderry & Lough Swilly Railway. J I C Boyd. Bradford & Barton 1980. p 96 (4 mm scale)

No 55 (Unknown) (4w Centre swing doors goods): The Londonderry & Lough Swilly Railway. J I C Boyd. Bradford & Barton 1980. p 93 (4 mm scale)

No 62 (Unknown) (4w Swing doors and drop flap horse box): The Londonderry & Lough Swilly Railway. J I C Boyd. Bradford & Barton 1980. p 94 (4.3 mm scale)

No 55 (Unknown) (4w Centre swing doors cattle van): The Londonderry & Lough Swilly Railway. J I C Boyd. Bradford & Barton 1980. p 95 (6.4 mm scale)

Kits for Station buildings and other structures

Available Kits – Contact manufacturers for full information / cost.

Inver Station Building (single story): Tyrconnel Models (7 mm scale)

Standard Killybegs line goods shed: Tyrconnel Models (7 mm scale)

Single overbridge with wing walls: Tyrconnel Models (7 mm scale)

Stone-built water tower: Tyrconnel Models (7 mm scale)

Kits for Permanent way and signalling

McKenzie Holland & Midland signal components: Model Signal Engineering (4/7 mm scale)

Signal parts: S&D Models (7 mm scale). Tyrconnel (7 mm scale)

Road Vehicle Kits

Kits Available

Fordson lorry: Locotech (7mm scale)

Transfers (Decals)

CDR wagon transfers and CDRJC coats of arms: Blackham’s (4 mm scale)

Wagon letter and number transfers: Tyrconnel Models (7 mm scale)

(two different sizes to suit the standard goods stock and red vans)

Manufacturers’ addresses

Allen Doherty, 19 Douglas Road, Worsley, Greater Manchester M28 2SR

Alphagraphix,23 Darris Road, Selly Park, Birmingham B29 7QY.

Backwoods Miniatures, 16 Reivers Gate, Longhorsley, Morpeth, Northumberland NE65 8LA. Tel: 01670-788577. Fax: 01670-788549

Tyrconnel Models, 23 Darris Road, Selly Park, Birmingham B29 7QY.

Model Signal Engineering, PO Box 13, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV31 1GN.

S & D Models, 13 Oatlands, Crawley, West Sussex RH11 8EE.

Blackham Transfers, 9 Benar View, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd, LL41 3UT, Wales

Other sources of information and places to visit

Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, Cúltra

A superb museum collection of Irish railway rolling stock and artefacts, housed in a brand new exhibition hall. Considerable space is devoted to the 3 ft. gauge systems, with the CDR taking pride of place.

Class 5a 2-6-4T No.2 Blanche

Diesel locomotive Phoenix

Directors saloon coach No.1

Railcar No.1

Railcar No.10

Ralicar/trailer No.3

Oldbury 6 ton open wagon No. 136

Fintown Railway – An Mhuc Dhubh

An operating 3 ft. gauge passenger-carrying railway established on the trackbed of the CDR Glenties branch at Fintown station in the Donegal Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking region). CDR Railcar no. 18 is now operating on on this railway where the track has recently been extended.