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David (right) with the Boeing 767
David (right) with the Boeing 767

The man who brought a Boeing 767 to a Sligo glamping site is now moving a train from London

Several couples have asked if they can get married on the plane.
Aug 10th 2016, 2:28 PM 44,247 37

DAVID MCGOWAN MADE headlines in May when he and a team of people transported a Boeing 767 plane from Shannon Airport to his glamping site in Co Sligo.

The undertaker now has his sights set on a train … and a helicopter.

Speaking to the Anton Savage Show on Today FM, McGowan said 40,000 people have visited the glamping site in Enniscrone since the plane landed.

“Enniscrone is booming and that’s what we set out to do,” McGowan said.

He said nine couples have asked if they can get married on the plane, and a band has asked to record a video on it.

“We won’t refuse any business. Don’t worry, we’ll cater for them.”

McGowan is now finalising the logistics of bringing a train from London, which he bought for €25,000, to the site.

The logistics to move this will be nearly as big as the plane. I rang Irish Ferries yesterday morning and do you know what he said to me? ‘I’ve been waiting for your call. Are you the plane man? We’ve been following you for the last six months.’

“We’ll have to bring her by water I suppose. We’ll have to bring her into Dublin. She’s 63 foot long. The carriages, they’re 40 tonnes. The engine one I thought was 40 tonnes but it’s 50 tonnes, we weighed her.”

McGowan is hoping to put tracks on a low loader to transport the train via the Port Tunnel.

If this doesn’t work out, McGowan said: “Oh she’d have to come over O’Connell Bridge, she’d be some sight coming over there. But if we have to do it we’ll do it.”

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Continuing with the transport theme on the site, McGowan also hopes to include a helicopter.

I’m after finding a helicopter … Do you know where I found it? Above in a hay shed in Mullingar. And she’s 40 foot long, right … I’ll get a double bed into it no problem.

“And wait ’til you hear the best one – she was en route to a museum. She was leaving this country ‘til I got wind of it.”

McGowan said he has convinced the owner to sell the helicopter, which was once part of the Royal Air Force, to him.

Read: The Boeing has landed: Plane reaches glamping village after mammoth effort

Read: Almost there: Boeing 767 has just about landed ashore in Sligo

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