01 Dec 2021

New book to examine the long lost days of Donegal's Lough Swilly train

Lough Swilly train

Londonderry and Lough Swilly Railway, Kilmacrenan Stn, 4-8-0 no12

A new book is to be launched next week, which sets to examine the iconic Lough Swilly train.

The new book, titled: "The Lough Swilly Remembered" is written By Jim McBride. Jim has been involved with railway heritage and preservation for decades and is the Irish editor for the Disused Stations website.

A number of events will be held next week to help the launch the book (see dates, times and venues below).

Jim stated: “The book looks at the last twenty years of the Lough Swilly Railway from the early 1930s, up to the closure of the railway itself in 1953. In this book we travel on the Swilly, from Derry to Burtonport, and also visit Letterkenny and Buncrana. This story is told through many historic photos from the past.

"Over 50 unpublished photos have been selected of this forgotten Irish railway, which had some unique and distinctive features. This book is published locally, with all profits going towards railway preservation in County Donegal.

"As part of the launch of this book, we are holding a series of events across the North West, some of which will include a short talk about the Londonderry & Lough Swilly Railway”.

Niall McCaughan, Manager of Donegal Railway Heritage Centre added: “We are delighted yet again to be launching a new book of photographs, celebrating the unique railways across this county. In this publication, Jim has brought together many fascinating and never seen before photographs of the “Londonderry and Lough Swilly Railway” in its heyday.

"This is a welcome addition to the Donegal Railway archive, and includes photographs of Derry, Letterkenny, Bridge End, Tooban, Fahan, Buncrana, Burtonport, and many more locations.

"The book which is just out before Christmas, should prove a popular stocking filler!”  

The Lough Swilly Remembered is available online at and at various bookshops across the North West. The new book is just €13 + Postage of €4 = €17. For more information contact or Tel: 074 9722655

Book launch events:

Monday 15th  November, 6:30pm

Venue: Central Library, Derry

Talk & Book Launch

______________________________ _____

Tuesday 16th  November, 6:30pm

Venue: The Railway Tavern, Fahan

Talk & Book Launch

______________________________ ______

Wednesday 24th  November, 5:00pm

Venue: Donegal Railway Heritage Museum

Launch (Live streamed on Facebook)

To continue reading this article for FREE,
please kindly register and/or log in.

Registration is absolutely 100% FREE and will help us personalise your experience on our sites. You can also sign up to our carefully curated newsletter(s) to keep up to date with your latest local news!

Register / Login

Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.

Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.