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2016 Opening Times

April 8th, 2016

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

2012 School Tours Available

April 26th, 2012

Lots of history & lots of fun! The Children are brought on an historical tour around our museum/station house, travel on the old Steam Engine or Diesel engine, will view a film from the 1950’s in our newly converted railway carraige cinema.

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…

Santa in Moyasta

November 22nd, 2010

Santa times are still available please call 065 9051284 or Email us for Bookings

Dates in December available are 4th,5th,11th,12th 18th & 19th.

Come and visit Santa,  travel on our Old Steam Engine and watch a movie in our newly converted carraige cinema.

Merry Christmas to all our friends from The West Clare Railway.

November News Letter

November 8th, 2010

November newsletter

As far as the general public are concerned, October will have passed with nothing appearing from the railway for once. However, behind the scenes, a lot of very important work was being done. At last, extra toilet facilities have been built in the station house and the cinema coach is now open with a large screen and projector operating a DVD and Blu-ray reproduction system showing films of railway interest in the comfort of railway seats with blinds drawn and excellent sound.

Outside, the work was being done in neighbouring fields where the old WCR track bed was…