County Donegal tank is back ahead of Foyle VR revival

By Hugh Dougherty

Former County Donegal Railways Joint Committee 2-6-4T No. 4 Meenglas came home to Derry/Londonderry on January 30.

Newly restored Meenglas, back home in a snowy Derry, following its year-long restoration at Whitehead. NIALL MCCAUGHAN/DONEGAL RAILWAY MUSEUM

The return follows a £45,000 cosmetic overhaul by Heritage Engineering Ireland (HEI) at Whitehead. 

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The 1907-built Nasmyth Wilson locomotive is back on display outside the Foyle Valley Railway Museum (FVRM), where it has been resident since 1989. 

The museum is leased from Derry & Strabane District Council by Destined, a charity for action for people with learning disabilities, which has not only reopened the museum, but also plans to reinstate operations on the long-dormant Foyle Valley Railway.  

Read more in the March 2019 issue of The RM – on sale now!

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