Cavan and Leitrim Railway

Cavan and Leitrim Railway, Dromod, Leitrim, Southern Ireland

The Cavan and Leitrim Railway was the last all steam, narrow gauge railway to survive in Ireland, it had also managed to be the countrys most idiosyncratic railway system. It all began in 1887, after the 3ft wide track had been laid from Belturbet in Co Cavan to Dromod in Co Leitrim. At Belturbet, it connected with the Great Northern Railway, at Dromod, it linked with the main Dublin to Sligo line.

Until a couple of years ago, steam train trips were possible on a short stretch of track at Dromod. A substantial museum was opened at Dromod, it now includes not just railway memorabilia, but many other transport artefacts. A railway museum is also open at Belturbet, also with lots of material on the old railway. The Cavan and Leitrim Railway was unique in many ways, much loved in the countryside through which it ran, but as with the other regional railway systems in Ireland, the economics provided unsurmountable.

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