Belturbet Railway Station, Belturbet Co Cavan, Ireland
Railway Road, Belturbet, Co. Cavan.
Tel: 049 9529666 / 049 9522074 or 087 689 4808 / 087 2639764
Belturbet Railway Station which opened in 1885 was built and operated by the Great Northern Railway Company of Ireland. The station served as the connecting point for the Great Northern Railway broad gauge and the Cavan and Leitrim Railway narrow gauge railway lines and accommodated both railway companies until its closure in 1959. The station was built entirely of locally sourced stone and is reputed to be the only Grade 1 station constructed entirely of cut stone.
The station buildings lay derelict for almost 40 years until the Belturbet Community Development Association purchased the entire 10 acre site in 1995. The buildings had during that time served as farmyard buildings and had been subjected to the effects of weather, fire and theft. They were subsequently refurbished to the original state with great attention to detail gained by reference to original plans drawn on silk.
The original / restored Station Buildings include:
- Main Station Building and Station Master’s House
- Platform (Roof totally replaced)
- Great Northern Railway Goods Shed (Extension added to the original building. Attempts had been made to remove part of the original building for safety reasons prior to restoration)
- Cavan and Leitrim Railway Goods Shed (Effectively no restoration needed)
- Engine Shed
- Water Tower
- Transhipment Shed
The Main Station Building contains a museum hosting an interesting collection of railway memorabilia and audiovisual footage of the Cavan and Leitrim railway and the restoration of the station itself.
The Great Northern Railway Goods Shed serves as a 120 person capacity conference hall and is used for business, social, sport, leisure and educational/training purposes.
For booking enquiries contact us on 049 9522074 Or 087 689 4808 or 087 2639764
New facilities include an 11 unit apartment block, an all-weather Astro-turf pitch and another building which has not yet been fully completed.
A number of railway rolling stock items are located at the Railway Station and a number of events are hosted on the site, including the regular monthly Car Boot Sale on the last Sunday of every month from 9.00am to 3pm – except December for the annual Christmas Fair.
Sellers: €10 per pitch – free tea and coffee as part of the registration.
Indoor and outdoor
Belturbet Car Boot Sale has been running for over 10 years, the site has both indoor heated and outdoor facilities with male and female toilets. The site is run and managed by the Belturbet Community Development Association and care and attention are given to both sellers and buyers on the day. The railway houses a wonderful train for children and adults to check out during their visit.
A wonderful way to pass a few hours on a Sunday with the family as Belturbet has lovely facilities to enjoy afterwards with riverside walks, feeding the ducks and enjoying the playground.
Further information: Tony Prior (087) 263 9764
Tours of the station:
Further information relating to the Belturbet Railway Station and related heritage aspects can be sought by contacting the above numbers.
Belturbert Railway Station tour can be booked for groups and can tailored to suit your needs. The tour ends with tea/coffee, a scone and a sit down in our delightful 'Goods store' centre. €5 per person per tour (based on ten persons per group).
Length of tour: 1 – 1.5 hour tour and booking essential. Tel: 086 069 9749
Intertesting link: Belturbet Railway and Vintage Restoration Association club