Photographic exhibition may boost Enniskillen revival hopes

By Hugh Dougherty

ENNISKILLEN Library is marking the 60th anniversary of the closure of the Fermanagh town’s railways on September 30, 1957 with a special photographic exhibition.

Great Northern Railway of Ireland U class 4-4-0 No. 196 Lough Gill of 1915, stops at Lisnaskea with a train for Enniskillen in September 1957. ANTHONY BURGES, COURTESY ENNISKILLEN MUSEUM

Railways in Ulster’s Lakeland, which runs from September 11 to October 7, features the work of American photographer Anthony Burges, who visited and photographed the Great Northern Railway of Ireland and Sligo Leitrim and Northern Counties lines in and around Enniskillen, immediately before they closed to all traffic following a blatantly political decision by the Stormont government to close them in the teeth of fierce local opposition.

A campaign for the restoration of the Fermanagh county town’s railway has continued to the present and campaigners hope that the exhibition will help renew the pressure for a restored rail link which would carry modern passenger services as well as heritage steam trains.

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