“Each a Glimpse and Gone Forever – Fermanagh’s Railway Story” launched at Enniskillen Castle Museums

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Published: 2nd October 2017

An exciting railway exhibition “Each a Glimpse and Gone Forever – Fermanagh’s Railway Story” was officially launched at Enniskillen Castle Museums on Saturday 30 September 2017.

This photographic exhibition features Fermanagh railway scenes captured by John J. Smith (1925-2007). Originally from Eastbourne, John visited Ireland on a number of occasions during the heydays of steam. He portrays the story of Fermanagh’s railways through the camera lens; capturing images of locomotives, signal boxes and stations. Headhunters Railway Museum has sourced a range of unique railway artefacts to complement the photographs.

Speaking at the launch of the exhibition, the Vice Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Alex Baird said, “it is important to keep the memories of our railway heritage alive. It is hard to believe that it is only two generations back, that the railways crisscrossed our county transporting everything from fresh bread and mail to morning newspapers and cinema films. For over 100 years, the railways were the gateway to a wider world for towns and villages in the county and further afield. This exhibition will recreate the memories, excitement and emotional appeal associated with the bygone age of steam travel”.

Many museums and private individuals from throughout the UK and Ireland have loaned locomotive nameplates and artefacts to the exhibition. This has created the largest display of Irish loco nameplates ever assembled, with many on public view for the first time. These nameplates highlight focal points in both the Great Northern Railway of Ireland and Sligo, Leitrim and Northern Counties. The exhibition has attracted considerable interest with many railway enthusiasts making the journey to Fermanagh to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the closure.

Selwyn Johnston, Curator at Headhunters Railway Museum, speaking at the opening of the exhibition, said “our volunteers were delighted to work alongside Enniskillen Castle Museums in the creation of the exhibition ‘Each a Glimpse and Gone Forever – Fermanagh’s Railway Story’. The exhibition and the interest that has been shown by visitors has shown that although Fermanagh’s railways may be gone, they are certainly not forgotten and will continue to live long in our memories”.

The exhibition continues until Saturday 13 January 2018. Normal Enniskillen Castle Museum admission rates apply. For more information see www.enniskillencastle.co.uk or telephone 028 6632 5000.

 

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