Recent News


October 1st, 2010

Come and join our spooky team and ‘The Cracked Spoon Theatre Company’ for a good scare on the Sliabh Callan Steam Engine.

Banshees welcome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

October Newsletter

September 30th, 2010

October Newsletter

It is called the season of mellow fruitfulness and so it has turned out in west Clare. The sun still generally shines and the heavy rain, strong winds and greyness have been kept at bay leaving all here feeling lively and interested in the future. Tourists are still here and visiting the railway. Many are from the UK with the occasional Australian and European but the majority are from Ireland touring the west instead of chasing the sun in far off climes.

The weather certainly assisted the engineering staff of the WCR who excelled themselves in their new…

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.

August News Letter

August 3rd, 2010

August News Letter

The big news this month is that the steam engine will be running on 5 days each week starting on Monday 3rd. The engine will run on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week until further notice. This reflects the increase in numbers of visitors during the week that has suddenly occurred all of whom are eager to see “Slieve Callan” in full working order.

            A new display of working rolling stock is now in situ – namely, a locomotive and trucks from Bord na Mona illustrating their industrial railway operations.  Soon, it is hoped,…

The August Bank Holiday Weekend Steam days…

July 29th, 2010

Steam days over the August Bank Holiday weekend : Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Sliabh Callan pulls out at 12 pm.

All aboard

June/July Newsletter

July 8th, 2010

            It is a pity from our point of view that schools have now broken up for the summer holidays. The success of our school visit promotion has kept the railway very busy this month with only Richard, the fireman, complaining of 5 o’clock starts to raise steam. Even he enjoys the delight and enthusiasm shown in the smiles of the children and a rasher sandwich with cup of tea soon shuts him up! This is definitely a “market” that the railway will continue to follow and develop in the future.

            Stephen, driver & fitter, has begun a program…

Attention to all our Railway friends!

June 18th, 2010

New Steam Days: Sunday, Monday & Tuesday. Times: 12 pm to 5pm

Diesel Trains will operate on the other days. Times: 10am to 5 pm

Other Steam days can be arranged for groups on request.

May Newsletter 2010

March 20th, 2010

but, like the swan calmly swimming on the water, the feet are working at tremendous rate beneath that surface.