Railway museum should move to Inchicore – Fianna Fail TD

Article Posted: Saturday 19th February, 2011

The world famous Fry railway museum should be moved to the CIE complex in Inchicore rather than be boxed up, filed away and forgotten, according to Deputy Michael Mulcahy.

“The closure of the museum in Malahide castle is a terrible loss to the city as a major tourist attraction, “ the candidate for Dublin South central constituency said.

“It is one of the world’s largest miniature railway systems stretching to over 2,500 square feet and has delighted generations of Dubs and tourists alike.

“I believe there is a natural home for the museum in Inchicore which has been the heartbeat of CIE for decades and would help further rejuvenate this vibrant area which is well served by public transport including mainline trains, the LUAS and buses. “

“I am urgently contacting the Chairman of CIE John Lynch to explore a possible role for CIE as sponsor and potential host to this endangered but amazing tourism project and promoting it,“ he added.

The Fry Model Railway is a unique collection of handmade models of Irish trains, from the beginning of rail travel to modern times. One of the world’s largest miniature railways, the exhibition is unique in that it is a working railway covering an area of 2,500 sq. feet.

The collection is a treat for railway enthusiasts and the beautifully engineered models are from a collection originally built up in the 1920s and 1930s by Cyril Fry, a railway engineer and draughtsman, with each piece assembled with the finest attention to detail.