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West Clare Railway

County Clare, Ireland
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DykeHillTopCat wrote a review Aug 2019
Tatworth, United Kingdom29 contributions21 helpful votes
The West Clare Railway used to run from the County Town of Ennis to Kilrush in County Clare. It was a 3 foot narrow gauge railway which closed in 1961. A short length of line has been preserved at Moyasta Junction. They have an original steam engine which used to be outside Ennis station but is now in working order. There are a number of diesel locos most worked on the Bord na Mona system. There is an embryo main line museum with a number of exhibits covered over by sheets.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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IT-nerd-on-the-road wrote a review Aug 2019
UK200 contributions155 helpful votes
Called in when in the area on business. Had wanted to visit for ages. Sadly the place seems to be near derelict. Old diesel engines corroding out in the open as are the Mark 2 and Mark 3 coaches. Station building in need of attention. The narrow gauge steam engine was not operating but at least it was safely under cover. The two narrow gauge coaches were porous with rust. I fear this collection of railway engineer pieces will not survive many more winters of sea air and salt without significant intervention. Such a pity after all the effort to assemble the collection.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Kev A wrote a review May 2019
Crewe, United Kingdom30 contributions26 helpful votes
With friends from the Branch Line Society, we arranged a group visit to explore the railway, see the locomotive and carriages, and ride on the train. We were made very welcome. A wonderful destination and to be recommended to anyone in the area. The staff were exceptional. There are exciting plans for the future - so please visit if in the area. We arrived from Tarbert on the ferry.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Shina W wrote a review Oct 2018
Romsey, United Kingdom15 contributions1 helpful vote
The owners are so enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. We visited with a group of railway enthusiasts. My husband has wanted to see this line for 40 years and dream was realised.
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Date of experience: September 2018
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Hazell C wrote a review Aug 2018
41 contributions16 helpful votes
We found this quite by accident, but went in to see it, We were treated to a really good history of the railway and lots of interesting facts, we also had a short train ride. Free attraction but donations are encouraged to keep the railway alive
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Date of experience: July 2018
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