Fermanagh’s Railways - Second Edition
by Charles P Friel and Norman Johnston

(Available at Headhunters Barber Shop & Railway Museum - £18.00)

Colourpoint Books has launched the second edition of this highly successful book which first appeared in early 1998.

Fermanagh's Railways is a tribute in words and pictures by two railway enthusiasts who have personal associations with the county and its railways; Charles Friel was born in Enniskillen and Norman Johnston is the grandson of a Maguiresbridge station master.

Like its predecessor, the new book opens with both authors setting the scene with their personal reminiscences. Following an outline of the history of railways in Fermanagh, the bulk of the book is devoted to a detailed journey from Clones through Enniskillen to Bundoran, with a visit to that part of the Clogher Valley in Fermanagh. Included too is coverage of the Sligo, Leitrim and Northern Counties between Enniskillen and Belcoo. There is a track diagram for every station along with several pictures, each with its own lengthy caption.

And the new book is not just about trains. The authors have included 17 pictures of the bus services provided in the county by the GNR and the SLNCR, as well as the Enniskillen’s own Erne Bus Company, better known as Cassidy’s buses.

The new edition has also increased coverage of the events that led to the closure, the happenings on the last day itself and the aftermath of closure. And the good news is that the story is not over yet! The final part of the book covers the restoration of the railway stations at Belcoo and Brookeborough, the creation of Headhunters Railway Museum as well as the various events that have brought railway men and women together to mark the closure anniversaries in recent years.

Both the text and the extended photo captions include a lot of information that has only recently come to hand. The new edition has 21 maps and diagrams and an amazing 250 pictures packed into its 176 pages. Many fascinating photographs have also surfaced in recent years and no fewer than 88 of them are being published here for the first time!