Derry may have lost a £¼ million tourist scheme. The scheme is the main aim of the North West of Ireland Railway Society and involves the preservation and restoration of Victoria Road railway station, formerly the northern terminus of the County Donegal Railway network, and the development of a 3 foot gauge railway southwards from the station. An integral part of the scheme would be the provision of a museum to house suitable exhibits of transport origin. However, it now appears that the whole scheme has been placed in jeopardy because the Society has been outbid in their attempts to buy the old Victoria Road railway station.
Announcing the news, Mr David Lloyd, secretary of the Society, appealed to those buying the station to reconsider. He said whoever was buying the premises could probably find alternative premises elsewhere in the city, where the Railway Society, could not do this for their scheme.