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Foyle Valley Railway Museum, 2016
Outside the Foyle Valley Railway Museum, Londonderry - - 335259
County Donegal Railways Joint Committee locomotive on the museum tracks, 1995

The Foyle Valley Railway is a railway museum in Derry, Northern Ireland.

Foyle Valley Railway Museum was initially opened in 1990 on the site of Foyle Road station of the GNR (Ireland). In August 2016, Destined Ltd, a charity for adults with learning disabilities, secured a lease on the premises and reopened the museum which had been closed to the public since 2002. A number of Destined members were trained as Museum by a staff member of Derry & Strabane District Council's Museum Service.

The exhibition consists of a recreated station platform and visitors can find out about the various railway companies which once operated out of the city.

The steam locomotive exhibited in front of the museum is a 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge locomotive built for the County Donegal Railways Joint Committee in 1907 by Nasmyth , Wilson &Co., originally numbered No.16 and named "Donegal". She was superheated in 1926 and then renamed and renumbered as No.4 "Meenglas" in 1937. The locomotive was withdrawn from service on 31 December 1959, when the CDJRC ceased to exist as a railway company.

Initially, a former County Donegal diesel railcar ran along a 3-mile (5 km) stretch of track along the riverbank. in 2002, the North West of Ireland Railway Society relocated the railcar to the Fintown narrow gauge railway in County Donegal.

Rolling stock

Railway vehicles at the Foyle Valley Railway
Number Type Build date Original operator Notes
4 2-6-4T steam locomotive 1907 CDRJC named Meenglas, stored outside
6 2-6-4T steam locomotive 1907 CDRJC named Columbkille
2 4wDM diesel shunter 1956 Motor Rail
12 diesel railcar 1934 CDRJC built by the GNR at Dundalk
30 third class carriage 1901 CDRJC
14 composite carriage 1893 CDRJC
18 composite carriage 1885 LLSR
 ? hand-worked crane  ? LLSR
19 goods van 1881 CDRJC

Original use

The current railway structures formed the Londonderry Foyle Road railway station, terminus of the Great Northern Railway (Ireland) route into the city on the west bank of the River Foyle from Strabane and Omagh.

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