Coach 58 was one of the three most modern on the whole of the Irish narrow gauge lines and came to the County Donegal on the closure of the NCC lines near Larne in 1950. Though Coach 58 was built on an original chassis from 1879, it provided modern accommodation for Donegal excursions and later on as a railcar trailer (see picture below) until the railway closed. After a year or so in store, it was sold off, cut in half and became two-holiday chalets in different parts of County Donegal. Somewhat miraculously, we were able to locate the two halves and after 40 years apart they were brought back together here for restoration as extra and much-needed space for the museum.
Learn more about the ‘Miracle Coach’ during your next museum tour.