Fundraiser by Belturbet Heritage Railway Company : Belturbet Heritage Railway Fundraiser (gofundme.com)
The Belturbet Heritage Railway is a group of local volunteers who are dedicated to the preservation of the Belturbet Railway Station.
One of the main attractions at the Railway Station are the Museum Tours which are run by the volunteers of the Belturbet Heritage Railway( B.H.R.)
B.H.R have so many exciting plans and ideas on how to continually develop the Station Museum and what it can offer to visitors.
To turn our plans into reality we require €20,000 to purchase railtrack (including haulage) from Bord na Mona that we have recently been allocated.
The plan is to run 100 metres of narrow gauge adjacent to the platform and run our engine on this. Afterwards a much larger project entails laying 500M of narrow gauge and 500M of broad gauge Great Northern track along with 500M of Velorail on the narrow gauge track.
Engines and carriages will run on both lines which will greatly enhance the offering of the tour of the Railway Museum and attract more visitors and tourists to the Railway and to the town of Belturbet.
Unfortunately since the Covid 19 pandemic all tours of the Railway Museum have stopped which is one of the main sources of income for the Heritage Group.
We are hoping that with the help of the local community and friends of Belturbet who are far and near that we could reach our target in order to purchase the track and continue our work in developing the Station in bringing it back to its former glory
All donations would be greatly appreciated and we would love to welcome you all to the Belturbet Railway Station when we are allowed to re-open.
(Belturbet Railway Station closed in 1959 and over the years turned into a dilapidated site. In 1993 the old Railway Station in Belturbet was purchased by the local community group Belturbet Community Development Association for the community. From 1996 to 1999 the station was lovingly restored and since then it has been in the heart of the community in Belturbet being used as a facility for events, meetings and local groups as well as being a tourist attraction.)
Below is a photo from 1951 which shows the engines from the Cavan & Leitrim (left) and The Great Northern (right). We plan to replicate these tracks from the money we hope to fundraise and to then have engines and carriages running on them.
On the map below the red lines indicate where the tracks will be laid and where engines will run .