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Last Updated: 17th January 2021

It is advisable to check each heritage railways website to see opening days particularly during ongoing COVID19 restrictions.  

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.

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 Railway website.

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.

For further information please see the Stradbally 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.

For further information please see the W&SVR website.

Connemara Railway


Maam Cross railway station on the erstwhile Galway to Clifden branch of the former Midland Great Western Railway of Ireland is set to see trains again after over eighty years of disuse.

The derelict station standing on 8.5 acres has been acquired by a not for profit company limited by guarantee – MGWR (2017) DAC with a view to its restoration in the Connemara wilderness.

The Promoters vision is to recreate a snapshot of the west of Ireland country railway, complete with track and heritage trains – a working railway experience, drawing on early to mid-twentieth century themes of emigration, conflict, rural life, and of course ‘The Quiet Man’ which was filmed in the surrounding savage beauty of Connemara.

The new company’s plans include reinstating railway track along the approximately 400 metres of available trackbed with associated trackwork largely in keeping with the original layout. Refurbishing the platforms, rebuilding the signal cabin and down platform waiting shelter, restoring the Goods Store, and replacing the water tank. The existing yard entrance gate will be replaced by replica of the original pattern which seems to have been unique to this branch of the MGWR. An appropriate level crossing gate will also be erected on the site of the original within the site boundary.

When these works are complete (subject to planning permission ) it is hoped that this recreated Connemara railway station will once again echo to the sights, sounds, and aromas of a working Irish country railway – complete with heritage trains* – allowing families, tourists, all comers, and enthusiasts to once again experience an aspect of Irish rural social history that has all but disappeared in this State – an all-weather family attraction with widespread appeal!

For further information please see the Connemara Railway 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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

For further information please see 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.

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. 

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

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