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Last Updated: 18th April 2018

Updated information for

- RPSI trains updated for 2018.

- Stradbally Railway dates for 2018

- Cavan and Leitrim Railway dates for 2018.

- Waterford & Suir Valley dates for 2018.

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.

DUBLIN RIVIERA - Sunday 29th April 2018

We have an exciting line-up of trains for you to choose from, all of them along glorious cliff-side scenery and seaside views. All the while travelling in beautifully restored carriages behind an iconic steam locomotive.

Train 1
Dublin Connolly  
Bray 11:20 15:55
Dublin Connolly
Adult €14, Child €8

Train 2
Wicklow 12:05 12:40
Adult €14, Child €8

Train 3
Wicklow 14:20 15:20
Adult €14, Child €8

Book Online

Train 1 tickets may also be purchased (over the counter) at:
Mark's Models, Hawkins Street, Dublin, D02 R684

Train 2 & 3 tickets may also be purchased (over the counter) at:
Tourism Centre, Civic Offices, Main Street, Bray

Please Note
(1) Check out our Frequently Asked Questions before contacting us.
(2) Tickets/seat allocations will be emailed/posted 10 days before the train date.
(3) As space is very limited, where possible parents are asked not to bring prams and buggies.
(4) Wheelchair users please contact us in advance to confirm that we can accommodate you.

For further information please see the RPSI website
CORK & KERRY INTERNATIONAL RAILTOUR - Thursday 10th to Tuesday 15th May 2018

Each year the RPSI operates a weekend international railtour. This is something a little bit special, where we invite you to join our restored locomotives on our train across Ireland. With a full bar on the train, beautiful scenery, comfortable carriages and a traditional friendly welcome, our tours are fun and relaxing and a great way to see the Emerald Isle.

The Main Weekend Event (3-Day Fare)

Includes visits to Belfast, Dublin, Killarney, Mallow, Tralee, Whitehead.

Fringe Events (Single Day Fares)

Thursday 10th May: Steam hauled positioning train from Whitehead to Dublin (one way).

Friday 11th May: Second Strand diesel railtour: Dublin Connolly - Rosslare - Dublin Connolly.

Tuesday 15th May: 131 Renaissance: Tour based on the lines from Belfast, hauled by newly-restored steam locomotive No.131.


Please see the booking form for preliminary details of fares and itineraries. Return of the form (by post or email), with the appropriate deposit, will ensure you have a place reserved on the main railtour and/or the Friday diesel tour.

Hotel accommodation is an optional extra, and the form allows you to indicate on which dates you may require accommodation.

Due to overwhelming demand, bookings for the main railtour (Saturday-Monday) are now closed. Regrettably, further bookings must be declined. Bookings remain open for the Thursday, Friday and Tuesday trains.

Advance Booking Form

Outline Times

Whitehead Excursion  
Belfast Central
Dublin Connolly

Dublin Connolly  
Rosslare Strand
Rosslare Strand  
Dublin Connolly

Dublin Connolly    

Mallow 12:36  
Mallow   13:27

Dublin Connolly
Dublin Connolly  
Belfast Central
Whitehead Excursion

Whitehead Excursion   09:00
Belfast Central    
Whitehead Excursion

Please note that all trains and itineraries are subject to change and to agreement with the railway companies.

For further information please see the RPSI website
BALBRIGGAN FESTIVAL - Sunday 27th May 2018

As part of the Balbriggan Summerfest, we will be operating steam train trips from Balbriggan to Drogheda. A great way to kick off your summer!

Train 1
Dublin Connolly  
Balbriggan 11:10 15:50
Dublin Connolly
Adult €15, Child €10

Train 2
Drogheda 11:40 12:15
Adult €14, Child €8

Train 3
Drogheda 14:05 15:20
Adult €14, Child €8

Book Online

Please Note
(1) Check out our Frequently Asked Questions before contacting us.
(2) Tickets/seat allocations will be emailed/posted 10 days before the train date.
(3) As space is very limited, where possible parents are asked not to bring prams and buggies.
(4) Wheelchair users please contact us in advance to confirm that we can accommodate you.

For further information please see the RPSI website

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.

For further information on the events listed below please visit the Downpatrick and County Down Rialway website.

St. Patrick’s Landing

Sunday 11th March

We’ll be running trains in connection with the St Patrick’s Landing event at Inch Abbey, kicking off a week of celebrations and events in the town. Trains will run from Downpatrick Station to take visitors to the Abbey, and back again when the event is over.

St. Patrick’s Day ‘Shamrock Specials’

Saturday 17th March

Park your car at Inch Abbey station and take a train trip straight into the town’s street carnival and join in the commemorations of the Patron Saint of Ireland. Heritage steam and diesel trains operate throughout the afternoon.

The Easter Eggspress

Saturday 31st March, Sunday 1st April & Monday 2nd April

Have an Easter break with a difference. Take the train from Downpatrick to Inch Abbey, and meet the Easter Bunny. All children get a chocolate egg… if you get to them before our loco crews!

May Day & Bank Holiday Trains

Monday 7th May and Monday 28th May

If you’re at a loose end on a Bank Holiday Monday, then a visit to our heritage railway is the perfect way to pass the afternoon.

Down to the Races

Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th June – dates to be confirmed

We’re running steam trains all weekend as part of the new ‘Down to the Races’ event, bringing together tourist attracts from across the Downpatrick area for two days of early summer fun and games. More details will follow soon.

Summer Sundays

Sunday 1st & 8th July

Sunday steam trains running for the early part of summer.

Summer Running Season

Saturdays and Sundays from 14th July to 9th September.

Monday Bank Holiday 27th August

* Diesel trains will run on Sunday 26th August. *

Enjoy a nostalgic trip into the past each Saturday and Sunday through the summer. As well as your train ride and visit to our other attractions, you can walk to Inch Abbey and on special event days you can meet the monk who guards the legacy of the abbey.

European Heritage Open Days event will run on 8th & 9th September – more details to follow.

Halloween Ghost Trains

Saturday 27th October
Sunday 28th October
Wednesday 31st October

Times to be confirmed

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!

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:

    1st and 2nd December

    8th and 9th December

    15th and 16th December

    22nd and 23rd 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 29th 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.

Trains run to our standard timetable and standard fares are charged.

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 2018

Trains run as required 13.00-16.00 on all dates except National Steam Rally when the train runs from 13.30-17.30.

- 6th & 7th May

- 13 May (Diesel loco Rusty)

- 3rd & 4th June

- 14th & 15th July Military Weekend

- 4th to 6th August (Stradbally Steam Rally weekend)

- 19 August Heritage Week

- 27th & 28th October (Halloween)

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)

The Railway will operate daily from Saturday 24th March to 30th September 2018.

* 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

The Spooky Express. TBC  Special fares apply and must be booked in advance. See W&SVR website for details.

* The Santa Express. TBC

* 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 2018 season from April 1st.

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.

2018 Schedule (subject to change)

* Easter Special: Saturday March 31st and Sunday April 1st, from 2pm to 4pm

* May 1st to September 8th, daily 1pm to 4.30pm

* September 16th 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 29th March 2018.

* 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.

West Clare Railway 



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

Schedule: No 2017 or 2018 information available at time of writing (May 2017 & March 2018).

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.