Clonmacnoise and West Offaly Railway
The Clonmacnoise and West Offaly Railway was a narrow gauge railway and former tourist attraction in Ireland. Primarily built as an industrial line for hauling newly cut peat, this 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge railway was operated by Bord na Móna and conveyed visitors over a 9 km rail journey through Blackwater Bog, near Shannonbridge, County Offaly. A small diesel locomotive hauled a single 53-seat passenger coach.
The railway was an important tourist attraction in County Offaly. The Clonmacnoise and West Offaly Railway has been shut down at the end of 2008 and will not be operating for the foreseeable future. A different tourism concept in the area is in development by Bord na Mona.
Somewhat confusingly, the railway was also sometimes known as (and described on roadsigns as) the Blackwater Railway, the Shannonbridge Bog Railway or the Bog Railway.
Given the historic importance of peat as an indigenous Irish fuel, the railway and associated visitor services also aimed to show visitors how milled peat is produced and transported to the Electricity Supply Board's West Offaly Power Generation Station.