History comes home as model of train goes on display in Dingle

THE Dingle train returns to West Kerry this weekend – but it will arrive by truck rather than by rail.The UK-based Chester Model Railway Club are bringing over their scale model of the narrow-gauge line on the invitation of the Dingle Historical Society.

By Ted Creedon

THE Dingle train returns to West Kerry this weekend – but it will arrive by truck rather than by rail.

The UK-based Chester Model Railway Club are bringing over their scale model of the narrow-gauge line on the invitation of the Dingle Historical Society.

The model layout covers an area of around 30 feet by 17 feet and includes fully operational trains, plus scaled down models pf Dingle railway station, Lispole viaduct and other features.

The model will be on display in the meeting room of the marina centre over three days and is part of the local society’s annual historical theme weekend.

Last year they organised lectures on the theme of fishing and Dingle’s historical connections with mainland Europe.

There will be a series of talks this weekend also on the theme of Kerry railways.

The first of these will be held in Dingle library on Friday night and will focus on the Lartigue line from Listowel to Ballybunion. The speakers will be Jack McKenna and/or Michael Guerin and the talk begins at 8pm. The Camp Crash of 1893 will be the subject of Saturday’s talk to be given by writer Micheál Ó Dubhshláine in An Díseart, also starting at 8pm.

‘In Search of the Tralee and Dingle Railway’ is the title of the final talk, by Simon Starr, of the Chester Model Railway Club, in An Díseart on Monday at 8pm.

“The Chester club is very experienced in model railway construction and they picked the Dingle line because it has been so well documented and photographed,” Tom Fox, PRO of the Dingle society, told The Kerryman. “I’ve seen the layout on the Chester club’s internet site site and it’s amazing, so that’s why we’ve invited them over,” he said.



There will also be a photographic exhibition on the Dingle railway in the marina centre which will be open to the public on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5.30pm and on Monday from 10am to 1pm. There will be an admission charge of ?5 for adults and ?2 for children.





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