Ulster Transport Museum

Rail Gallery

The Irish Railway Collection in the railway gallery at Cultra houses 40 full-size railway vehicles and buildings covering Ireland’s rich railway history.

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The Irish Railway Collection in the railway gallery at Cultra houses 40 full-size railway vehicles and buildings covering Ireland’s rich railway history.

Around the walls are thematic displays featuring photographs, paintings, technical drawings and small objects interpreting various aspects of the development and decline of railways in Ireland.

Themes covered include:

  • origins
  • building the railways
  • passengers
  • goods traffic
  • architecture
  • civil engineering
  • tourism
  • motive power
  • signalling

These displays are enhanced by a number of models of locomotives and trains.

Our tea room is housed in an ornate wooden building from Belfast’s York Road station. It was designed by Berkeley Deane Wise, who did much to develop railways and tourism in County Antrim.

There is a newsagent’s kiosk formerly operated by Eason in Portadown station. This kiosk shows how the development of a railway network allowed provincial newspapers to become national ones.