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2016 Opening Times

April 8th, 2016

Opening Hours May- September 2016
Museum open daily 1:00pm – 4:00pm

October 2011 at the West Clare Railway

October 5th, 2011

This coming Bank Holiday Weekend on Sunday 30th October we will be running our traditional Hallowe’en event, which is an annual autumnal occasion not to be missed. With our super scary “Spooky Special”, screams, shocks and surprises are in store for all. The ghastly ghoulish crew on our ghost train will bring you on a fright-filled journey of fear and fun! All are encouraged to wear costumes – and get in the “spirit”. Entry for this event is €5.00 and takes place between 5-8pm. Its going to be SPOOKTACULAR!!!

September 2011

August 31st, 2011

Following from a busy summer season, this September the West Clare Railway station will remain open for visitors daily from 12pm to 5pm.

Our “Slieve Callan” steam engine will operate on Sunday 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th and Monday 5th and 19th September from 1pm, with the last run by steam at 4pm. The diesel engine operates at all other times.

August 2011 at the West Clare Railway

July 28th, 2011

In other news, we are delighted to have been considered, and in receipt of, an Industrial Heritage Award for 2010. The Sixth Annual IHAI Industrial Heritage Awards ceremony took place on the 9th March at ESB Headquarters in Dublin.

March Newsletter 2011

April 1st, 2011

On 3rd March, the engine was steamed for the first time this year for the benefit of the Clare Tourism providers a coach trip was organised to help give heritage operators in Clare an overview of all the other attractions in the county.
St Patrick’s Day was celebrated by showing the railway’s fire engine (The Nubian Major ex-Shannon Airport R4) in both the Kilkee and Kilrush parades. Indeed, the engine was the first vehicle leading the whole of the Kilrush Parade.

February Newsletter

February 14th, 2011

50 Years On


            On 31st January 1961, CIE closed their West Clare Railway operation even cancelling their last train to avoid demonstrations. On 31st January 2011, the newly constituted West Clare Railway Co Ltd began re-laying track along the old track bed between Moyasta and Kilkee – perhaps the best way to mark a fiftieth anniversary and demonstrating at long last a timely reminder that the poor and often wrong decisions of politicians can be reversed. Hope remains eternal!

            Using rolling stock once owned by Bord na Mona and itself put by for scrap but restored by…

Boithre Iarainn TG4

January 13th, 2011

January Newsletter 2011.

Happy New Year 

WCR now stars of the screen!


            Those watching TG4 on Sundays at 8.15pm for the next 5 weeks will see the WCR playing the starring role in the “Bothair Iarnrod” TV series. Filmed at Moyasta over 3 days of superb “Indian Summer” weather, the WCR played host to TG4’s most professional team whilst operating “Slieve Callan” under their direction. The local amateur dramatic group, “The Crack’d Spoon Company,” played the extras as the IRA, Black & Tans and British Army were portrayed in various roles re-enacting incidents that had occurred on Irish…

September Newsletter

September 21st, 2010

September newsletter

            August turned out to be a month of contrasts. The weather improved steadily throughout and families on holiday were encouraged to come out in droves. However, a failure on one of the steam engine’s injectors caused a week’s “diesel-only” services much to everyone’s disappointment.

            We also received two complaints from mothers keen to entertain their children at the railway! It was important to point out to them that our business is not that of a fairground ride but that of a museum designed to celebrate the history of the original railway, its impact on the society of…

Santa Claus at The West Clare Railway

September 21st, 2010

Come and visit Santa Claus at The West Clare Railway. First meet santa in his grotto/Station House!!! Then travel on a real Steam Engine, The Sliabh Callan. To avoid disappointment, Booking is essential. Contact us on 065 9051284 or via email on

September Opening Times

September 10th, 2010

We are open through the month of September.

We will be open from 11 am to 5 pm Monday to Saturday & 12 pm to 5 pm on Sundays. 

We will be closing September 30th.

We will re-open for the arrival of Santa Claus in December.

Please contact us for Santa Bookings.