Steam returns to Drumshanbo… on the back of a lorry!

The ‘new’ Cavan & Leitrim Railway’s 0-6-0T Nancy passes the original C&LR water tower at the site of Drumshanbo station on June 30. NIGEL BILLETT

AVONSIDE 0-6-0T Nancy once again flew the flag for the Dromod-based Cavan & Leitrim Railway (C&LR) on June 30 when it took part in the opening parade of the An Tóstal festival at Drumshanbo, County Leitrim. 

The visit followed Nancy’s starring role in the Ballinamore Family Vintage event earlier in the month. 

During the parade the former ironstone locomotive was in steam, and whistled as it was conveyed through the town on the back of a low loader. 

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While in Drumshanbo, C&LR volunteers could not resist the opportunity of taking Nancy to the site of the original station, where it was posed alongside the station’s original water tower. 

It was the first time a steam loco has been to Drumshanbo since the original Cavan & Leitrim line closed in 1959. 

One of the station’s original name boards was carried on the trailer with Nancy for the duration of the visit, courtesy of the Kennedy family at Glenview Folk Museum.

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