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The Co. Donegal Railways

Discussion in 'Everything Else Heritage' started by Roger Farnworth, May 29, 2020.

  1. Roger Farnworth

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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. .....

    http://rogerfarnworth.com/2020/05/2...the-glenties-branch-stranorlar-to-ballinamore
     
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    Thanks Roger (and please keep 'em coming!). I particularly like the shot of a 'Class 2' (4-6-0T) at Cloghan. Although they had plenty of power, as the network expanded, the layout meant there was never enough room for coal for the longest trips, leading to serious cab space issues. All four succeeding designs for the CDRJC featured large bunkers, over trailing bogies.
     
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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. ....

    http://rogerfarnworth.com/2020/05/2...the-glenties-branch-stranorlar-to-ballinamore

    http://rogerfarnworth.com/2020/06/2...2-the-glenties-branch-ballinamore-to-glenties

     
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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. ....

    http://rogerfarnworth.com/2020/07/2...bane-to-letterkenny-part-a-strabane-to-raphoe

     
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    Diesel 'tractor' Phœnix, which features in Roger's superb piece, is (note tense!) an interesting beastie, having started life as a steam powered unit, built by Atkinson for the Clogher Valley .... and pretty much the exact opposite of a success in traffic. That someone had the vision to re-engineer it into a useful workhorse speaks volumes for the attitude of CDJRC management, which kept trains running in the teeth of partition until the end of 1959.

    Here's some info concerning these locos as built:
    http://www.madeinpreston.co.uk/Road/atkinsonsteam.html

    ..... and here's a photo of Phœnix, now safely ensconced in the Ulster Transport Museum (https://www.nmni.com/our-museums/Ulster-Transport-Museum/Home.aspx)

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    My last post above was uploaded yesterday (27th July 2020). Immediately after having sent it, I got a further email from Kerry Doherty who lives in Ballindrait close to the line. He sent me a number of additional photographs of the line, both historic and taken very recently. It seemed good to alter the article to include these pictures. If you read the article on 27th July, it is worth another look. My thanks to Kerry Doherty for the additional images referenced [45] throughout the article.
     
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