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Railway Bicycles

Updated: Mar 24, 2022

The Cavan and Leitrim Railway has restored two 3 foot gauge Bergbolagen Rail Tricycles. These tricycles are part of a batch purchased by Bord na Mona (The Irish Turf Board) in 1957 from the Bergbolagen Company in Stockholm, Sweden, the yellow one was used on Clonsast Bog in County Kildare, the green one was used on Boora Bog in County Offaly. Andrew Wilson kindly donated the parts (rescued in the 1970s) from which both of these machines were restored.

Michael Portillo has also visited the Cavan & Leitrim Railway at Dromod in County Leitrim in July 2016 while filming for series 8 of his very successful BBC series "Great British Railway Journeys". Here he is with Michael Kennedy trying out our replica 3 foot gauge rail inspection bicycle built by our own volunteers using the frames of 2 1920s "High Nelly's" and original early 1900s american Teetor & Hartley wheels, clearly he is enjoying himself here. Michael Portillo gave his permission for this video to be uploaded.

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