The Letterkenny to Burtonport Extension is a pretty notorious railway. Financed by a Department of Public Works so parsimonious they decided to save £4 by not putting door knockers on the stations, with the line sometimes passing miles away from the towns it was supposed to serve, it’s pretty much a textbook example of how not to run a railway. Accidents due to poor maintenance and lack of staff training were all too common. So naturally I just wrote 2000 words arguing about why it was a total success. It’s for a night class, but once it’s been marked I’ll transform it for web, add pictures and stick it up here.