By Hugh Dougherty
A STEAM locomotive boiler dug up by contractors working at the site of the former locomotive shed at Omagh, County Tyrone, on February 8, might have come from a Great Northern Railway of Ireland locomotive.
However, a mystery now surrounds the find, for Omagh shed – which closed 54 years ago on February 14, 1965 – along with the ‘Derry Road’, linking Portadown and Derry, would neither have overhauled nor scrapped locomotives.
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All heavy work including boiler swaps, was done at the GNR(I)’s Dundalk Works, and it is unlikely that Omagh shed had a stationary engine to provide machine tool power at what was a minor shed.
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