Clogher Valley Railway

Gauge: 3ft (915mm)

The Clogher Valley Railway was a 37 mile line, located in Northern Ireland, linking the towns of Tynan in County Armagh to Maguiresbridge in County Fermanagh. Both towns were served by Irish broad gauge railways. Opened in 1887, it was never really commercially successful, and closed at the end of 1941.

The line diagram shows the principal stations. As a predominately roadside tramway there were an additional 27 halts.

The 3ft gauge Clogher Valley Railway was incorporated on 26th May 1884, the second project under the terms of the 1883 Act. It opened for traffic on 2nd May 1887 linking Tynan, County Armagh and Maguiresbridge in County Fermanagh, both on the broad gauge Great Northern Railway, a distance of 37 miles. Much of the route was across County Tyrone serving the towns of Caledon, Crilly, Aughnacloy, Ballygawley, Augher, Clogher and Fivemiletown. The railway followed public roads for much of its length and ran down the main streets of Caledon and Fivemiletown.

The railway had a dismal financial performance throughout its lifetime, belying the glowing picture of returns painted in its prospectus. Nevertheless the Company had extremely ambitious plans for expansion aimed at providing access to the port of Newry and connections with the Cavan and Leitrim line. None came to fruition however and the CVR remained a local line.

The Clogher Valley Railway lay within the six counties which comprised Northern Ireland on the partition of 1922. The new government in Belfast recommended the take over of the CVR by the broad gauge Great Northern Railway. The GNR refused to do this and the CVR retained its independence. In 1927 however the directors were replaced by a Committee of Management appointed by Tyrone and Fermanagh county councils. The Committee did much to revitalise the line with more and speedier services. In 1932 a pioneering articulated passenger diesel railcar built by Walkers of Wigan was delivered, along with a diesel tractor unit which could tow a coach or a few wagons. These were successful in cutting costs and speeding up the service but could only postpone the inevitable end of the basically uneconomic line.

Despite the difficulties of wartime transport the Clogher Valley Railway closed for good on 31st December 1941.

Number / NameManufacturerTypeNotes
1 CaledonSharp, Stewart No. 3369 of 18860-4-2TScrapped 1934
2 ErrigalSharp, Stewart No. 3370 of 18860-4-2TIn service until closure
3 BlackwaterSharp, Stewart No. 3371 of 18870-4-2TIn service until closure
4 FurySharp, Stewart No. 3372 of 18870-4-2TScrapped 1929
5 ColebrookeSharp, Stewart No. 3373 of 18870-4-2TScrapped 1936
6 ErneSharp, Stewart No. 3374 of 18870-4-2TScrapped 1942
7 BlessingbourneHudswell, Clarke & Co. No.914 of 19070-4-4TScrapped 1935
4 Hudswell, Clarke & Co. No.698 of 19042-6-0T rebuilt as 2-6-2T in 1936Ex Castlederg & Victoria Bridge Tramway in 1936. Scrapped 1942
8Atkinson-Walker Waggons No.114 of 19284wVBGT Steam TractorSold to County Donegal Railways in 1931
1Walker Bros. of 19320-4-0DM Diesel RailcarTo County Donegal Railways in 1942
2Walker Bros. of 19334w lorry/tractorTo County Donegal Railways in 1942