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Last Updated: 21st September 2017

Updated information for

- RPSI trains updated for the remainder of 2017.

- Information updated for Downpatrick & County Down Railway Halloween Trains.

- Stradbally Woodland Railway running dates for September and October. 

- Waterford & Suir Valley Railway running dates for October, Halloween and Santa Specials.

- Fintown Railway is now closed until the 2018 season.

Railway Preservation Society of Ireland


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.

Munster Double Diesel Railtour - Saturday 14th October 2017

This will be the first ever railtour to feature a pair of 071 class locomotives operating in multiple!

The tour will depart from Dublin Connolly and head south along the mainline to Cork. It will retrace its steps northwards along the challenging climb out of Cork before arrival into Mallow, before heading down the Kerry line for Tralee. There will be a service break in Tralee before the train begins its return via Killarney to Dublin Connolly.

Several photo stops along the route will also be a feature on the day.

Schedule (subject to change)

Dublin Connolly 08:30

Cork 11:15 11:50

Mallow 12:17 12:45

Tralee 14:30 15:50

Dublin Connolly 20:30

Fare: Adult: £57.50 / €65 Child: £28.75 / €32.50

For further information please see the RPSI website.

BROOMSTICK BELLE - Sunday 29th October 2017

Enjoy a ride in a restored steam train from Belfast Central, along the shores of Belfast Lough to Whitehead and return. Ghosts and ghoulies of all ages are invited to come along in seasonal costume to sample the unique steamy Halloween atmosphere. All children holding a ticket will receive a spooky goody bag from the wicked witch!

Schedule (subject to change)

Train 1

Belfast Central 11:05

Whitehead Excursion 11:45 12:05

Belfast Central 12:45

Train 2 

Belfast Central 13:05

Whitehead Excursion 13:45 14:35

Belfast Central 15:15

Fare: £14.00

For further information please see the RPSI website

VICTORIAN STREET FAIR - Saturday 25th November 2017

This winter event in Whitehead takes the form of a street fair and we will be joining in with train rides at our Whitehead Excursion Station with the chance for visitors to enjoy the unique steam experience.

Visitors will be able to see at close hand how a magnificent steam engine works. You will be able to talk to the Driver and Fireman and to see the footplate. There is also an additional option to enjoy a visit to our Whitehead Railway Museum and cafe. Train rides running from 12:30pm to 3:30pm.

Fare: Adult £2.50, Child £2

For further information please see the RPSI website.

SANTA SPECIALS DUBLIN - Saturday's & Sunday's from 2nd December to 17th December 2017.

Santa and the elves have been working hard for the last few weeks finalising plans for this year’s Santa special steam trains from Dublin and we are delighted to announce that tickets will go on sale on 1st October at 11:00am.

Please keep this time and date saved and be ready at your computers and tablets at 11am sharp for on-line bookings - tickets are expected to sell fast!!! We will post full booking details in the coming weeks.


The Santa Special is a return journey by vintage train, with an on-board visit from Santa and selection boxes for children. There will be plenty of opportunity for photographs with the man in red beside the train. There will be music and singing, mince pies and a full bar service.

Fare: €19 Book Tickets Online (from 1st October)

For further information please see the RPSI website.

                         All trains depart from Dublin Connolly

Date Train
Sat 2nd Dec 1
Sun 3rd Dec 4
Sat 9th Dec 6
Sun 10th Dec 9
Sat 16th Dec 12
Sun 17th Dec 15

Downpatrick & County Down Railway


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.

Halloween Ghost Trains - Saturday 28th October, Sunday 29th October & Tuesday 31st October

Dare you travel out to the Haunted Graveyard where the Ghosts rise from the dead? And meet Merlin the Wizard on board his haunted Ghost Train! Children receive a present, if they can get past the Ghosts… Merlin likes the kids (and the parents) to be dressed up as scarily as they can!

16.00 -19.00 each night.

The Lapland Express Saturdays and Sundays for 4 weeks before Christmas

Our popular Santa’s Lapland Express trains are now advanced booking only.

This year we are running on the following dates: 25th and 26th November 2nd and 3rd December 9th and 10th December 16th and 17th December

Meet Santa Claus on board his steam train and have a one-to-one meeting with him. Children’s entry is dependent on being good throughout the year.

Mince Pie Specials/New Year trains Saturday 30th December

Relax after the hubbub of Christmas and New Year with a Mince Pie and journey through the Co. Down countryside on a train hauled by a heritage diesel locomotive. A great day out for the family, and also a highlight for any diesel fans out there.

Stradbally Narrow Gauge 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 2017

* Sunday 24th September

* October 29th and 30th October Bank Holiday Weekend.

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.

Waterford & Suir Valley Railway


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):

* 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.Sunday 29th October to Sunday 5th November 2017: 12noon, 1pm and 2pm.

The Spooky Express. Saturday 28th October 2017. Spooky Express Times 5.15pm, 6.00pm, 6.45pm, 7.30pm, 8.15pm and 9pm. Special fares apply and must be booked in advance. See W&SVR website for details.

* The Santa Express. The Santa Express operates on the following dates in 2017:

Saturday 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd December

* Sunday 3rd, 10th and 17th December

* Friday 8th, 22nd December

* Thursday 21st December

* Departure Times on all dates 10.30am, 11.10am, 11.50am, 12.30pm, 1.10pm, 1.50pm

* Special fares apply and must be booked in advance. See W&SVR website for details.

Normal Fares:

* Adult €8.50

* Children €4.00

* Students & Golden Years €7.50

* Babies under two are Free

Family Fares:

* 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.

Cavan & Leitrim Railway

Cavan & LeitrIm Railway

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 Hours:

Opening for the 2017 season from Easter Sunday April 16th.

Saturday 10AM-5PM

Sunday 1PM-5PM

Monday 10AM-5PM

For further information please contact the railway at:

Phone (00353)71-9638599

E-mail dromodrailway@gmail.com

Lartigue Monorail


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.

Schedule (subject to change)

* May 1st to September 9th, daily 1pm to 4.30pm

* September 17th to September 30th, daily from 1pm to 4.30pm

Fare: No fare information available.

For further information please see the Lartigue Monorail website.

Fintown Railway


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. Information on the 2018 season will be posted when available.

* 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.

Difflin Lake Railway


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 from now until 1st October 2017.

* Trains run at the Weekends and Bank Holidays (regular intervals between 12 and 6pm) and at 2, 3 & 4pm on weekdays.

* The Steam Engine ‘Duchess of Difflin’ runs on the last Sunday of each month ‘Steam Sunday’.




* Adults €8

* Children €5

Train Trip  

* 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 Railway


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.

Giant's Causeway and Bushmills Railway


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.

Schedule: Daily July & August. Weekends September and October.

Departures from Giant's Causeway 11.00 12.00 14.00 15.00 16.00 17.00.

Departures from Bushmills 11.30 12.30 14.30 15.30 16.30 17.30.


* Adult Ticket £5.00

* Child Ticket £3.00 

Children are chargeable between the ages of 3 and 15

* Concession Ticket £4.00

Concession tickets are issued to persons over 60.

* Family Ticket £17.50

Family tickets are for 2 adults and 3 children

For further information please see the The Giant's Causeway and Bushmills Railway website.

West Clare Railway 



West Clare Railway has been restored to provide a fun day out for families and school tours.

Schedule: No 2017 information available at time of writing (May 2017).

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. 

Fares (2016 information):

* Adults €10

* Children:€5

Children under 3 years free. 

For further information please see the The West Clare Railway website.