Foyle Valley museum to reopen over the summer

LONDONDERRY’S mothballed Foyle Valley Railway Museum is to reopen over the summer – enthusiasts wishing to visit it before it officially reopens will be welcome as long as they make a prior booking.

County Donegal Railway 2-6-4T No. 6 Columbkille on display in the Foyle Valley Railway Museum. HUGH DOUGHERTY

That’s the news from Destined, the disability charity which has taken over the museum building as its headquarters with the agreement of owner, Derry and Strabane District Council.

Destined and council museums staff are currently training people with disabilities to act as museum guides and there is a strong commitment to make the museum very much part of the Maiden City’s tourism offering.

Destined manager Dermot O’Hara said: “We currently welcome enthusiasts to view the County Donegal and Lough Swilly Railways rolling stock and artefacts and ask if they can contact us first to make a date and time.

“We also plan to open in the summer and the next stage is to hold a public meeting to re-establish the preservation society to allow us to plan for the short and long term, which includes reopening the Foyle Valley Railway at a later stage as a major tourist attraction and a job and training provider for people with disabilities.”

Anyone wishing to visit the Foyle Valley Railway Museum before it opens for the summer should e-mail Dermot at d@destined.ie

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