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Tuesday 30 September 2014

Full steam ahead for model railway

Simon Brouder

Published 05/06/2013 | 05:36

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The countys newest tourist attraction was officially opened by Minister Jimmy Deenihan, a model of the Tralee and Dingle Model Railway at the Blennerville Windmill complex on Friday. The Tralee & Dingle railway ran up to the 1950s and was Europe's most westerly line. Pictured are Harry Kelliher, Gene Lacey, Billy Nolan, Mayor of Tralee Johnny Wall, Minister Jimmy Deenihan, TD, and Padraig McGillicuddy President at Tralee Chamber Alliance

TRALEE'S newest tourist attraction, a detailed model of the old Tralee to Dingle railway line, has been officially opened at Blennerville Windmill.

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The scale model of the historic railway was built using many models and equipment from the Killarney Model Railway museum which shut its doors some six years ago when most of its trains and exhibits were placed into storage.

These models have now been given a new lease of life and form the centrepiece of the new Tralee and Dingle Model Railway exhibit at the Blennerville Windmill Complex.

The new model railway was officially opened by Arts, Heritage and The Gaeltacht Minister Jimmy Deenihan on Friday evening and it is expected to become a popular tourist attraction over the coming tourist season.

Visitors will be able to enjoy and examine a scale replica of the Tralee Dingle line which was Europe's most westerly working railway line until it was shut down in the 1950's.

As well as a carefully made version of the rail line the model railway also features and exact scale replica of the Tralee Steam Train that until just a few years ago ran between Tralee and Blennerville.

It's also worth noting that Tralee Town Council is soon planning to seek Leader funding with a view to eventually restarting the full size Blennerville steam rail way which has unfortunately been out of service since 2006 when the train was beset with technical problems.

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