Last Updated: 27th August 2019
The Railway Preservation Society of Ireland was formed in 1964 to preserve Irish steam locomotives, carriages and rolling stock and operate them on the Irish railway network for everyone to see, appreciate, enjoy and travel on. The society currently has over 1,000 members from all across the world and depends on its volunteers to keep its stock of steam trains operational.
See the RPSI website for full details of their forthcoming special train services.
Steam Dreams organises steam-hauled packages throughout the UK.
After a break from their schedule in 2018 they have returned to tour Ireland for 2019.:
- Friday 06 September (No.85): Dublin - Killarney
- Saturday 07 September (No.85): Killarney - Mallow - Cork - Mallow - Killarney
- Sunday 08 September (No.85): Killarney - Limerick Junction
- Sunday 08 September (Diesel loco): Limerick Junction - Limerick
- Sunday 08 September (No.4): Limerick - Athenry - Galway
- Tuesday 10 September (Diesel loco): Galway - Athlone - Westport
- Tuesday 10 September (No.4): Westport - Athlone - Galway
- Wednesday 11 September (No.4): Galway - Dublin
The route is:
Dublin Heuston - Cork = 071+201 class locomotives in multiple
Cork - Cobh = 201 class locomotive
Cobh - Cork (avoiding line) - Mallow - KIillarney - Mallow = 071 locomotive
Mallow - Dublin Heuston = 071+201 class locomotives in multiple This will see the first ever operation of 071 and 201 class locomotives working a passenger train.
A number of photostops are planned for the day.
As with previous diesel railtours this one is sure to very popular and will sell out quickly so don't delay and get your booking in as soon as possible.
The train will be made up of our Cravens coaching stock complete with usual facilities of snack car serving a variety of hot and cold items throughout the day alongside our renowned bar car with draught and bottled beverages available all day.
From 1985 to the present day, DCDR has grown from a small band of determined enthusiasts working in a field, to become the only full-sized mainline heritage railway anywhere in Ireland.
For further information on the events listed below please visit the Downpatrick and County Down Rialway website.
Running dates for 2019 can be found here.
Also a ITG diesel gala is planned to be held at the railway on Saturday 12th October 2019.
Stradbally Woodland Railway
It was constructed in stages between 1969 and 1982 entirely by voluntary labour. Many of those who participated in this arduous task were full-time permanent-way workers from Coras Iompar Eireann, now Iarnrod Eireann. Through their efforts we have a well laid track and they continue to guide us with maintenance and renewals.
The railway is a very popular attraction in its own right as well as being the only steam-powered activity for public participation during the rallies. The track gauge is three feet (914mm), the same as most of the former narrow gauge railways which are firmly embedded in the folklore of the remote areas of Ireland which they once served. Our passenger trains are hauled by a steam locomotive. The veteran diesel locomotives are also available when required.
The ‘Stradbally Woodland Express’ operates on the following days in 2019
Running Days 2019 All trains operating between 12pm and 4pm (1200-1600) unless otherwise stated. Trains run as-required up to every 15 minutes, with tickets available on the day. Please note that we cannot accept card payments at this time More will be added as the year progresses - check back for more information!
Sunday 4th May 2018 & Monday 5th May 2019
Sunday 2nd June 2019 & Monday 3rd June 2019
National Steam Rally, Stradbally Sunday 4th August 2019 & Monday 5th August 2019
Trains run as required 13.00-16.00 on all dates except National Steam Rally when the train runs from 13.30-17.30.
Fares: Adults:€7 Children:€3. Tickets are valid for unlimited travel on day of purchase.
Any additional operating dates will be posted on their website.
Experience the beauty of the Suir Valley from a period carriage as you take in the panoramic views of the river,and rolling farmland of Waterford and across the river to County Kilkenny. The track runs mostly along the picturesque banks of the River Suir offering views of the world famous Mount Congreve Gardens.
Schedule (subject to change)
The railway will open daily for the summer season from Saturday 30th March 2019 to 30th September
* April & September Train Schedule Monday to Saturday: 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm Sunday: 12noon, 1pm 2pm, 3pm and 4pm
* May to August Summer Train Schedule Monday to Saturday: 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm Sunday: 12noon, 1pm 2pm, 3pm, 4pm and 5pm
* October Mid Term Break Train Schedule. TBC
* Nature Express every Tuesday at 1000. The Nature Express will depart Kilmeadan Station for Carriganore where you will meet local historian, Paddy Dwan. Paddy will take you for a walk though nature as he shares his passion for the history, flora and fauna of this beautiful area. Adults: €16 Child €10. Must be pre-booked. Call 051 384058
* The Spooky Express Saturday 26th October: Special fares apply and must be booked in advance. See W&SVR website for details.
* The Santa Express during weekends in December. Enjoy a train trip to meet Santa, Mrs Claus and friends. Bookings taken from 1 Sept.Special fares apply and must be booked in advance. See W&SVR website for details.
* Adult €9.00
* Children €4.00
* Students & Golden Years €8.00
* Babies under two are Free
* 2 Adults & 1 Child €20.00
* 2 Adults & 2 Children €23.00
* 2 Adults & 3 Children €26.00
* 2 Adults & 4 Children €29.00
Tickets are not sold in advance.
For further information please see the W&SVR website.
The museum that was established in 1993, is run entirely by volunteers. The museum is located beside the Irish Rail station in Dromod on the grounds of the old Cavan and Leitrim Railway yard. Today 0.4 kilometers has been restored and remains preserved after its closure in 1959.
Following the closure, all which remained in Dromod was the Station House, the engine shed and water tower. Today they have been restored and have been preserved.
Opening for the 20189 season from April 1st until 30th September 2019.
For further information please contact the railway at:
Located in Listowel, County Kerry, the Lartigue Monorail offers visitors of all ages the opportunity to experience a unique form of rail travel. The original steam-powered monorail (designed by Frenchman Charles Lartigue) ran for nine miles between Listowel and the seaside resort of Ballybunion.
Operating from 1888 to 1924, it carried passengers, livestock and freight along a rail supported on A-shaped trestles. It occupies a special place in railway history as the only monorail of its type to operate successfully on a commercial basis. During its lifetime, the original Lartigue Monorail was an object of much interest, curiosity and amusement.
Nowadays, your visit includes a short demonstration journey on a full-scale diesel-powered replica of the original monorail. During the journey you will experience the unique features of the monorail and will observe its ingenious switching system. Before or after your journey, you can visit the Lartigue Museum to watch film of the original Lartigue and see models, displays and memorabilia of the Lartigue and main-line railways.
2019 schedule (subject to change)
* Easter Special: Saturday April 20th and Sunday April 21st, from 2pm to 4pm
* May 1st to September 7th:daily 1pm to 4.30pm
* September 15th to September 30th: daily from 1pm to 4.30pm
No fare information available.
For further information please see the Lartigue Monorail website.
The Fintown Railway is the only operational railway in Co. Donegal. Set amidst spectacular highland scenery overlooking Lough Finn, the railway (3 m/5km) is a restored section of the former County Donegal Railway. This setting prompted the famous international playwright Brian Friel to pronounce “What is on offer is a unique journey along the shores of a lake as grand as any in Switzerland or Minnesota”
The railway nestled deep in the heart of spectacular mountainous scenery steeped in tradition, myth and folklore, and running along the crystal clear waters of Loch Finn is a million miles from the constant rush of every day life. You are invited to relive those bygone days when Donegal had 200 miles of narrow gauge railway operated by the County Donegal and Londonderry & Lough Swilly Railway Companies.
Schedule (subject to change):
Operates June to September only.
* June 2019 1st, 2nd, 3rd June (Bank Holiday Weekend) Rest of June - 4 days a week - Thursday to Sunday.
* July & August 2019 7 days a week - Monday to Sunday
* September 2019 4 days a week - Thursday to Sunday
* Monday - Saturday - first train every day at 11am and then every hour on the hour until last departure at 4pm.
* Sundays & Bank Holidays - first train at 1pm and then every hour on the hour until last departure at 5pm.
* Adult - €8
* Child - €5
* Family ticket 2 adults & 2 children €24
* Family ticket 2 adults & 3 children €29
* Family ticket 2 adults & 4 children €33
For further information please see the Fintown Railway website.
A trip on the train is the best way to see all of the Lower Gardens at Oakfield Park. Over 4.5km of narrow gauge track, weaves its way through the trees, revealing many pleasing vistas. The railway takes you around the lake and grounds passing the Castle Folly, the Tree Circle with the “Orb” and the newly installed “Long Sleeper” sculpture on the Spiral Mound before returning to the Station.
The ‘Duchess of Difflin’ steam engine, with her carriages in the traditional red and cream livery of the “Wee Donegal” and the ‘Earl of Oakfield’ blue diesel engine give pleasure to children and enthusiast alike.
Schedule (subject to change)
* Oakfield Park is open 7 days per week through June, July and August with extended hours of 11am to 6pm every day. We are open from 12 noon to 6pm, Wednesday to Sunday during April, May and September.
* The Steam Engine ‘Duchess of Difflin’ runs on the last Sunday of each month ‘Steam Sunday’.
ENTRY & TRAIN CHARGES:
* Adults €8
* Children €5
* Adults €5
* Children €3
Family Pass: (Entry and a trip on the train)
* 2 Adults & 2 Children €30
* 2 Adults & 3 Children €35
* 1 Adults & 2 Children €25
* 1 Adult & 3 Children €30
For further information please see the Oakfield Park website.
Drumawhey Junction ~ a miniature railway operating steam, petrol hydraulic, diesel hydraulic and electric locomotives. The line is the longest 71/4” gauge railway in Ireland. The layout allows a variety of routes. An interesting journey of approx 15 minutes is provided.
The railway captures the atmosphere of a full sized railway. There is a station, signal cabin, engine and coach sheds, bridges, cuttings, tunnel and a level crossing. It's a great adventure!
Schedule: The railway is open to the public on the following days (subject to change):
We are open to the public every first and third Sunday of each month 1300 to 1700. During July and August we are open every Wednesday and Sunday 1300 to 1700.
Adult £2.50 Includes 1 ride on a Steam, Electric or Diesel locomotive.
Child £2.00 Includes 1 ride on a Steam, Electric or Diesel locomotive.
Family Pass £15.00 Includes 8 rides for the family on a Steam, Electric or Diesel locomotive.
For further information please see the Drumawhey Junction website.
The Giant's Causeway and Bushmills Railway is a 3 ft narrow gauge heritage railway operating between the Giant's Causeway and Bushmills on the coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. The line is two miles long.
* Adult Ticket £5.00
* Child Ticket £3.00
* Concession Ticket £4.00
* Family Ticket £17.50
* Children are chargeable between the ages of 3 and 15.
* 16 years and over are classed as adults.
* Concession tickets are issued to over 60 year olds.
* Family tickets are for 2 adults and 3 children. These fares cover either a single or a return journey.
West Clare Railway has been restored to provide a fun day out for families and school tours.
Schedule: Open May – September Sunday and Bank Holiday only 1pm – 4pm
It is strongly recommended that you try and contact the railway prior to travelling. There have been several reports of people and families making the long trip to the railway only to find it closed when they arrive, despite the website claiming that they were to be open.
* Adults €10 Diesel / €15 Steam.
* Children:€5 Diesel / €8 Steam.
Children under 3 years free.
For further information please see the The West Clare Railway website.