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My wife and I were due to spend a couple of weeks walking in Co. Donegal in April and May 2020. Instead, we remained at home in Ashton-under-Lyne, continuing to do the jobs we love! I would have been writing a blog about our journeys and walks but instead I have started a series about the 3ft-gauge Co. Donegal railways. .....

 

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Interesting history and nice photos. Is that you in one of them, are you cycle touring to get the on the ground story?
 

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I have some friends that live "right around the corner" from Stonehenge. They were on travel and had to take one if the last flights back before it all shut down. I suggested they stay put as it was New Zealand.
 

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In my spare time I am working on the next length of the Glenties Branch of the Co. Donegal Railways, making up in some way for not being able to walk the route in the early summer this year. I wanted to have a look, as well, at some of the railmotors/railcars on the Co. Donegal Railways. This post covers the petrol-powered railmotors which were used on the network in the early part of the 20th century. ....

Co. Donegal Railways, Ireland – Part 3 – Petrol Railmotors
 

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After completing the first two articles in the series, covering the Glenties Branch, I was put in touch with Kerry Doherty who lives in Co. Donegal and he provided a few images of the branch. I have updated the two linked articles with a total of four photographs, three of which come from Kerry Doherty and the fourth from the Co. Donegal Railway Heritage Centre. ....

For ease of access I have repeated the two links here. ....



The Glenties Branch ran through a very rural part of Co. Donegal and seemingly stopped short of what could be considered a 'sensible' destination - the Atlantic Coast. Indeed it seems as though there were quite a few people in Ardara on the coast who thought that way. There was a concerted campaign over many years to get a short extension built between Glenties and Ardara.
 

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Yep. It's not that interesting. It connects to a loop around the nearby airport.... Think lollipop I guess. Start at the end,up around and back and it's somewhere around 40 to 45 miles. They are adding to it, but at a snail's pace. Most of these rail trail conversions are rather long and lots of straight sections, and fairly level. One I did ride some time back now was essentially in the country with some long vintage tressles and nice views. But you had to get there.

I suppose that might be the case here but it seems to me it would draw some folks out to it. Spend a little money at this or that village, etc...
 

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This next post about the Co. Donegal Railways is the first looking at the Strabane to Letterkenny Railway. It begins at Strabane and runs as far as the town of Raphoe which was an ancient seat of temporal and spiritual power. ....


The first railway station in Letterkenny opened on 30th June 1883. The line out of Londonderry started out as the Londonderry and Buncrana Railway and was absorbed into the L&LSR in 1887. [9] That line is not the subject of this article but it is important to note that Letterkenny had been rail-served for many years before the branch from Strabane arrived in the town.
 
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