Derry railway museum to reopen in 2018

Many years ago, the railway museum in Derry City, built on the site of the GNR(I) Foyle Road Station, was closed, apparently due to differences of opinion with Derry City Council.

The Derry Journal reports that the group that are taking over the building – “Destined” – have indicated that when the locomotive “Meenglas” is returned to the site in May 2018 (currently at the RPSI base in Whitehead, Co. Antrim), they would be open to the formation of a new Foyle Valley Railway Preservation Society.

Killing the Ulster Canal by stealth

Given that the original canal was dead on arrival, you’d have thought it wouldn’t be that difficult to kill off the proposed “restoration” of the Ulster Canal, however, in the world of State funding, zombies thrive.

Having said that, the RoI Government do appear to be engaging in a clever switch and bait operation by supporting the development of a greenway along the towpath of the Ulster Canal, thereby delivering most of the benefits that were identified as coming from a “restoration” of the canal at a fraction of the cost.

That different sections can be developed without linking up initially is another advantage of a greenway over a canal, the latter having to be continuous in nature and thereby built in a pre determined order.

Northern Sound report that development of a second phase of greenway along the canal towpath was kicked off today.