C1711 : Swilly bus, Letterkenny (2)

taken 43 years ago, near to Leitir Ceanainn, Gortlee and Old Town, Donegal, Ireland

Swilly bus, Letterkenny (2)
Swilly bus, Letterkenny (2)
The Swilly had acquired a number of ex-CIE “E” class Leyland Leopards. This one (outside the old Swilly railway station) carried the fleet number 140. The registration was NZE 585 making it a contemporary of this C1711 : CIE bus, Letterkenny.
The Lough Swilly buses
In the years between 1863 and 1953, the Londonderry and Lough Swilly Railway operated a narrow (3ft) gauge railway in the rural and lightly-populated parts of north Donegal. The company still exists and operates buses on services which include the former railway routes. In 1970/80’s the fleet contained many second-hand ex-Ulsterbus and CIE vehicles well past their prime. The Letterkenny depot was the old railway station, adjacent to the CIE bus depot - originally the County Donegal Railways (narrow (3ft) gauge) station.
The company was wound up by the Northern Ireland High Court in 2014. The following is a quotation from the official notice in the “Belfast Gazette”: “THE INSOLVENCY (NORTHERN IRELAND) ORDER 1989 LONDONDERRY & LOUGH SWILLY RAILWAY COMPANY By Order dated 15 May 2014, the above-named company (registered office at Ballyraine Road, Letterkenny, County Donegal,) was ordered to be wound up by the High Court of Justice in Northern Ireland.” Operations ended during April 2014.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 3 July, 1976   (more nearby)
Saturday, 14 May, 2011
Geographical Context
Roads, Road transport  City, Town centre 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! C 173 117 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:57.1758N 7:43.8256W
Camera Location
Irish: geotagged! C 173 117
View Direction
Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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Letterkenny  Londonderry and Lough Swilly Railway  Swilly Bus  Buses 

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