Castlerea Railway Museum

Situated in Castlerea, County Roscommon, the Castlerea Railway Museum is a treasure trove for railway enthusiasts and history buffs alike. The museum is more than just a collection of artifacts; it's a testament to the rich railway legacy of Ireland and the dedication of those who keep its memory alive.

Upon entering the museum, you're greeted by the magnificent presence of the locomotive A55. This diesel electric, crafted by the esteemed Metropolitan Vickers of Manchester, hails from 1955. Though no longer in active service, it found a new home in Castlerea after being purchased from Iarnród Éireann. The locomotive now stands as the museum's central attraction, with an entire exhibit constructed around it.

But the A55 is just the beginning. As you delve deeper into the museum, you'll discover an extensive and varied collection of railway memorabilia. From old train tickets and uniforms to vintage signage and equipment, each artifact tells a unique story of the bygone era of Irish railways.


What makes Castlerea Railway Museum even more special is its ranking among Ireland's repositories of railway heritage. Only the renowned Ulster Folk and Transport Museum boasts a more extensive collection, making Castlerea's offering particularly significant.


Visitors interested in embarking on this nostalgic journey through Ireland's railway history are kindly reminded that visits are by appointment only. However, once inside, a warm and inviting atmosphere awaits, making it a must-visit for anyone with an appreciation for Ireland's rich railway heritage.