Castlerea Railway Museum & Pub
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Main Street, Castlerea, Roscommon,
Mr Sean / David Browne
Castlerea Railway Museum and Pub is most likely the only pub in the world with a railway locomotive beside the bar. There is also one of the largest and most varied repository of railway heritage memorabilia in Ireland on view.
One of the major attractions at the Castlerea Railway Museum and Pub, in Castlerea County Roscommon, is the locomotive A55, a Metropolitan Vickers diesel electric dating from 1955. It was purchased from Iarnród Éireann minus its machinery and moved to the premises where it was converted into a snug.
A railway museum has been built around the locomotive and the overall effect suggests that it has arrived through the wall of the building into the bar.
The museum displays probably the largest and most varied repository of railway heritage memorabilia in the country, with the exception of the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum. The pub is the only one in the world that we know of with a railway locomotive within the pub.