Ex-Bundoran Junction cabin reopened at Downpatrick

A FORMER signal cabin that controlled part of the GNR(I)’s Bundoran Junction in Kilskeery, County Tyrone, has been reopened at the Downpatrick & County Down Railway (DCDR), thanks to a £10,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

In its heyday ‘Bundoran Junction North’ cabin sat at the northern end of the busy triangular junction, where trains such as the famous ‘Bundoran Express’ diverged to travel to places like Omagh, Enniskillen, Fintona Junction and the resort of Bundoran itself.

William Gault, who worked as a signalman for the GNR(I), demonstrates the 16-lever frame in the former ‘Bundoran Junction North’ cabin on June 3. BERNIE BROWN

Following the closure of the line in September 1957, the cab was sold and taken to Ballinamallard in County Fermanagh, where it served as a summerhouse in an orchard for many years until saved by the DCDR in 2011.

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“Very little of the railway infrastructure from the west of the province survives so we are delighted to have restored this significant piece of railway heritage,” said DCDR chief civil engineer, David Crone.

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