first_imgDDTV: This stunning video above captures all the beauty of The Old Railway Walk in Burtonport which was officially opened yesterday evening.The local community have worked tirelessly to develop the Old Railway Walk into a viable and scenic walkway for locals and tourists alike. Last night at the Community Centre in Burtonport it was officially opened and the walkway has been an incredible success since being opened to the public a few years ago.From the video above you can see why it’s so popular.Siúlóid an tSean Bhóthar Iarainn—The Old Railway Walk.This beautiful walking trail filled to the brim with spectacular scenery and woodland was originally the route taken by the train which connected Burtonport to Letterkenny between 1903 and 1940. There are many features of the old railway remaining which you can view along the way including: stations, gatehouses, accommodation crossings—the pillars, cuttings, embankments, a bridge, rusty gates and much much more.The Burtonport Walks are a series of trails of various lengths, all of which lead the walker along part of the abandoned railway line between Burtonport and Meenbannad in West Donegal, lreland. The original railway line was built to serve the excellent harbour in Burtonport and as a Government attempt to alleviate the poverty in North Donegal.lt was a joint venture between the British -Government and the Londonderry- and Lough Swilly Railway.Opening for traffic in 1903, the line ran through the remote and difficult terrain of North Donegal often skirting towns it was meant to serve by miles in an effort to save on the cost of construction.The line was the subject of two enquiries over its safety and operation. The Derry Chamber of Commerce noting “defective construction and inadequate and unsuitable equipment” as a cause of the lines many ills. Despite this the line managed to survive until 1947, the Burtonport – Gweedore section closing earlier in June 1940.The station in Burtonport was demolished early in 2003.Following a prolonged period of heavy snowfall in the winter of 2009 some of the line on the Burtonport side was cleared to access water mains which needed repairing. The remaining section was later cleared and gradually developed as a walkway withthe support of the local community.Pictures taken by Fr. Pat Ward. Video made by Rolf Schulz.DDTV: STUNNING VIDEO CAPTURES THE BEAUTY OF THE OLD BURTONPORT RAILWAY WALK was last modified: June 6th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DDTVFeaturesnewslast_img

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