Hopes have been raised that the railway could make a return to Castledawson.
Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy this week recommended a series of feasibility studies which could result in the first track extensions to the rail network since the closures of the 1950s.
The increasing use of cars for commuting and lorries for transporting goods signalled the demise of rail during the 1950s.
The Castledawson station closed in 1950 while Magherafelt closed in 1957.
Now the minister is hoping to get more people on to public transport and ease congestion on the roads.
Full story in this week’s Mid Ulster Mail.