C astlerea Railway Museum boasts the largest collection of railway memorabilia in Ireland, collected over many years by railway enthusiast Seán Browne. Seán’s interest began as a youngster when he travelled around with his uncle, the late John Joe Quinn. Having a sister in the Gardaí meant making trips to Dublin and Seán would gaze out the window at Mullingar, feasting his eyes on the hundreds of steam engines ready for the scrap heap and dreamed one day of owning his own train. That dream was realised in 1994 when he purchased a 1955 A55 diesel locomotive. The A class diesel engine, which had replaced its steam predecessor, was being withdrawn from service. July 7th 1998 was a memorable day in the history of Castlerea as the train made the journey down Main Street preceded by the Castlerea Brass Band. Seán Browne’s boyhood dream has finally been realised. His idea now is to encourage and enthuse others to share this unique experience and travel with him back in time along the railway network and perhaps become enthralled with the vision of a historical era. Hell’s Kitchen in Castlerea is no ordinary pub. The memorabilia theme continues into the bar where a corset and a pair of long johns are draped over the fireplace and Willy Murray’s pan is nailed to the nearby wall! There is so much to see here that you might forget to drink your pint! Contact Hell’s Kitchen Railway Museum and Bar, Main Street, Castlerea. Telephone (094) 96 20181.