Drumboe was Donegal’s most famous steam engine and in this 60th year that Donegal Station and the Railway lines closed (1959), we want to leave a lasting legacy by restoring the engine and “bringing Drumboe home” to Donegal Town.
Donegal Railway Heritage Centre is a registered charity. Our overall vision is to develop and promote a robust and dynamic railway heritage facility, which will be of interest across a wide section of society but particularly to the local community. We wish to keep the history and heritage of the County Donegal Railways alive through the running of the Museum and the economic restoration of rolling stock and traction.
We aim through Crowd Funding to raise much-needed funding to cover the cost of restoring the engine, transporting her back to Donegal Town, site preparation, building a canopy cover, mounting and lighting her. The top photograph shown was taken kindly by Fred Dean some time ago; sadly the engine looks very different and needs major restoration. There are no original Donegal steam engines left in the County, and this is even more tragic when you consider that County Donegal had the largest narrow-gauge network in the British Isles!
Drumboe will become the centrepiece to our museum, and not only make it a more attractive draw for locals and visitors alike, thus making it more sustainable but it will have a positive impact on the local community and County, for the economic regeneration of the region, tourism, heritage and pride! Be part of Donegal’s story, and help us bring Drumboe home”
For more information check us out on our Facebook Page or visit our Go Fund Me page at: www.gofundme.com/bring-drumboe-home