Described as ‘one of the most beautiful railway journeys in the world’ by Michael Palin (host of the BBC’s Great British Railway Journeys), the Derry/Londonderry to Coleraine railway has cut through the spectacular landscape of Binevenagh Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for almost 200 years. The fascinating history of this outstanding railway is celebrated in a new free publication by Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust (CCGHT).
The brilliant Railways of Binevenagh Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty booklet follows the history of the Derry/Londonderry to Coleraine line from its construction to the present day. It explores how the railway shaped the Binevenagh landscape, helped keep time, grew early tourism along the North Coast and even contributed to the war efforts of the 20th century. Featuring memories and stories of local people, the booklet highlights what the railway has meant to generations of residents and visitors – including tales of eccentric events and reminiscences which are the stuff of local legend!
Readers also get to learn more about the wildlife and habitats of Binevenagh AONB, with a handy guide to local flora and fauna to watch out for from the train window.
Voicing his support for the new publication, the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Alderman Mark Fielding said: “The Causeway Coast and Glens area has a fascinating industrial history set amid a spectacular landscape and it’s fantastic to see it explored and celebrated in this way. The new booklet is a valuable resource for community and heritage groups, schools and interested individuals across the Borough and I hope everyone enjoys finding out more about the story of Binevenagh and that it encourages readers to travel on one of the most beautiful railway journeys.”
Visit the Binevenagh AONB Facebook page to view the digital launch of the booklet – which is available to download here. It is hoped that hard copies of the booklet will be made available from local Visitor Information Centres and other venues in due course.
Following on from the booklet’s launch, CCGHT wish to continue to record the rich railway heritage of the Causeway Coast and Glens area and encourage members of the community to share any memories, stories, poems, photos and anecdotes by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
**CCGHT would like to acknowledge funding from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council and Tourism NI towards the production of this booklet. CCGHT would also like to sincerely thank everyone who gave their assistance and support in this project and who kindly shared their memories, stories, photos and expertise.