Region/EraIrish NG
OwnerAlastair Knox

Glenties was the final station on the Finn Valley branch of the County Donegal railway west from Stranorlar. It opened in 1895 and closed to regular traffic in December 1947 and finally to all traffic in March 1952. I travelled on the Strabane/ Stranorlar /Rossnowlagh section of the CDR as a small boy and always had a soft spot for it so when I decided to downsize layouts it was an obvious choice (To me, that is!). Ian Hallworth sold me the stock from Ballyfoyle and during lockdown I built the layout to run it on. Rex Ashton has fettled the motive power, which hadn’ t run for about 30 years when I acquired it. My brother Donald painted the backscene for me.

Track is Peco H0m 12mm gauge, turnouts are operated by Peco motors and electric pencil. The buildings are as near as I can establish to the real thing and are Plasticard carcases with windows and doors by York Modelmaking, and rendering by Scuptamold , which in my opinion looks the part of the rough whitewashed walls in Donegal.

There is no particular sequence for running, most passenger traffic is by railcar, with the odd excursion by carriages. Some freight stock is brought in by railcar. The turntable gets lots of use as the railcars are only driven from one end. The CDR had no freight brake vans, hence the regular appearance of a bogie composite brake on freights.