Donegal Railway Heritage Centre is considered one of the county’s hidden gems and is located just 300 metres from Donegal Town Centre.
Donegal had the largest narrow-gauge railway network in the British Isles, and uniquely, amongst steam engines and railcars, operated one of the first railway vehicles with an internal combustion engine in the world. This fascinating museum which has just been refurbished, celebrating Donegal’s railway heritage, is based in one of the few remaining original station houses, which opened in 1889. The museum comprises of railway rolling stock, interesting artefacts, displays, a video presentation, model railways, a reference library, a shop and much more, including that famous Donegal welcome! In the autumn of 2021, the famous Donegal steam engine, Drumboe, is returning to the museum to be put on display, the first Donegal steam engine to be in the county in decades.
The Donegal Railway Heritage Centre is delighted to announce that it has just installed Ireland’s first interactive railway cab through kind funding from the Heritage Council.
The Interactive Steam Engine Cab has only been installed a few days, but is already proving a great hit, meeting its remit of both being educative and fun! It has all the excitement of a moving train as you look out of the portholes to see the track approaching, feed the engine with coal to make it go faster, pull the chain to hear the whistle, operate the various levers, watch it travel across Donegal on its own sat-nav (not an original feature!), as well as encouraging you to take part in various quizzes!
The Interactive Steam Engine Cab
Open Monday-Saturday from 10:00-17:00 | Sunday 11:30-4pm (April-September) or by appointment.
Tel: (074) 9722655