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Donegal Railway Heritage Centre have announced today that they have secured a major grant towards the completion of restoration work on Drumboe by the RPSI. Drumboe is one of the Class 5 tanks preserved and is currently stored at Whitehead. Drumboe will be returning to Donegal Town soon.All donations welcomed and contact info@donegalrailway.com

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I think so. Lovely as it would be, I suspect that bringing such a beast back to life would be a wasted effort given the paucity of 3’ trackage in Ireland it could actually use - you’d need an Irish equivalent of the Festiniog/Welsh Highland to justify it.

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1 hour ago, Galteemore said:

I think so. Lovely as it would be, I suspect that bringing such a beast back to life would be a wasted effort given the paucity of 3’ trackage in Ireland it could actually use - you’d need an Irish equivalent of the Festiniog/Welsh Highland to justify it.

could it not be loaned to the Waterford Suir Valley for use?

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29 minutes ago, K801 said:

could it not be loaned to the Waterford Suir Valley for use?

In theory, yes, but a locomotive that size would be woefully uneconomic to operate on a line like that. In addition it is only being cosmetically restored: a full return to working order would cost many hundreds of thousands of euros, with possible a complete new boiler involved.

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1 hour ago, jhb171achill said:

...: a full return to working order would cost many hundreds of thousands of euros, with possible a complete new boiler involved.

As I understand it, Drumboe's boiler barrel is fine, but smokebox, tubes, tubeplate, inner firebox, stays, foundation ring, etc. will all be wanting replacement. That's after you deal with the bottom half.

I reckon it'll be about three million Euro to get it going, allowing for inflation.

DRC has always been hampered by not having the land to relay a section of the original line, something they say they will now attempt to address. That will consume many more Euro.

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7 hours ago, K801 said:

could it not be loaned to the Waterford Suir Valley for use?

Far too big for the line, would not get past the platforms or around the curves under the bridge.

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Drumboe will not be a cosmetic restoration as Phase 1 as announced will make it a running chassis. Phase 2 after it returns to Donegal Town would be the firebox/boiler and ironically of the 3 Class 5 tanks Drumboe is in the best condition of the 3 survivors. Talks are taking place with the Local Council over parts of the tracked under their control. All donations to bridge a small gap are most welcome.

 

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7 hours ago, airfixfan said:

Drumboe will not be a cosmetic restoration as Phase 1 as announced will make it a running chassis. All donations to bridge a small gap are most welcome.

Really great news. Worth mentioning the Heritage centre is a charity, gives people more confidence in donating I believe. 

What's the best way to donate?

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There is a direct link on the home page of the website for the Donegal Railway Heritage Centre for all donations. The Centre is a registered charity and like all Heritage groups the Centre has suffered from the financial effects of the Covid crisis since March.

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What about the Finn Valley Railway? Home territory, track etc in place, albeit needing run round loops, though guess there are other factors, or it would already have been mentioned.

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On 7/30/2020 at 8:39 AM, airfixfan said:

Talks are taking place with the Local Council over parts of the tracked under their control. All donations to bridge a small gap are most welcome.

 

If councils were only as enthusiastic about this as they are about greenways!

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35 minutes ago, David Holman said:

What about the Finn Valley Railway? Home territory, track etc in place, albeit needing run round loops, though guess there are other factors, or it would already have been mentioned.

We are looking at a number of options at the Donegal Railway Heritage Centre. Would be great if as you say the track was still there in the Finn Valley but it was all lifted in 1960. Once work starts on Drumboe next month varies options will be examined in more depth. Funds permitting of course!

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Visited Finntown seven years ago and had a ride on the Donegal Railcar, 18 I think, so that bit of the Glenties branch was very much alive. However, a 5mph speed limit did not off much excitement!

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Just when you mentioned Finn Velley thought you were dealing with the FVR line from Strabane to Stranorlar

 Finntown Railway were operational on some dates last year but wiill remain closed in 2020.

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Guessed as much! Either way, certainly hope the Donegal project can prosper. Wasn't open when I visited in 2013, but could still tell it was a very good museum and hope to get back one day.

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