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 operated one of the first railway vehicles with an internal combustion engine in the world. Uniquely, this fascinating museum celebrating Donegal’s railway heritage, is based in one of the few remaining original station houses, which opened in 1889. The recently refurbished 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!
The County Donegal Railway and the Londonderry & Lough Swilly Railway, with a total of 225 miles of track, formed the largest narrow gauge railway system in north-west Europe. One of the star Visitor attractions in Donegal Town comprising of a museum, information centre, working railway models, retail and a coffee shop. There is something for all ages. A variety of beautifully constructed models in various scales, some of which can be seen working, also tell the story and give an insight into how the railways were. The Donegal Railway Heritage Centre also has the world’s largest digitised collection of photos of the Londonderry & Lough Swilly Railway and provides easy access to these for visitors via a touch screen device.