I missed out on Thursday Doors last week as I was on a boat near Belturbet in County Cavan, with no internet connection. However, that didn’t stop me from taking lots of photographs for future posts. This one is of Belturbet’s old railway station, where the Tidy Towns committee hold a car boot sale on the last Sunday of every month. There are some great bargains to be had, particularly if you like to read – you get four books for €1. On my next trip I’ll be checking out the Visitor Center and Museum, as they were closed at the time.
There was a nice selection of doors.
I’m not sure if the graffiti was accurate, as we didn’t venture into the toilets. Interesting that the Gentlemen’s just had an iron grill (well ventilated) while the Ladies had a nicely painted wooden door.
That’s not exactly nineteenth century garb on the ‘brakeman’, but he did find a nice old fashioned lantern at the car boot sale.
What’s a station without an engine? Not quite sure about the horse power, though.
Belturbet Railway Station was part of the Great Northern Railway line and built entirely of local stone in 1885, remaining in operation until 1959. Apparently, it is the only Grade 1 station constructed entirely of cut stone. The buildings lay derelict for almost 40 years until the Belturbet Community Development Association purchased the ten acre site in 1995 and began the restoration – and what a beautiful job they made of it, too. The station master’s house is fully restored and available as a holiday let. This site has a selection of images of the inside as it is now, along with some old photographs of a time when the station was in use.
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