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Former CIÉ State Coach 351 on display at Utrecht, Holland on 3rd September 2010. (A.Lohoff)
The RPSI has the largest
collection of preserved vintage railway carriages in Ireland (and a few wagons too!).
They are allocated between our headquarters in Whitehead and our operating base in Dublin.
Steel-Bodied Operating Fleet
Main line duties are undertaken in Belfast by the 1960s Mark 2 vehicles in a distinctive green livery, and in Dublin by steel-bodied 'Cravens' in a handsome blue & cream. This became necessary once wooden-bodied coaches could no longer be used in Northern Ireland, and were severely restricted in use on Iarnród Éireann.
The use of wooden-bodied vehicles is still
permitted on some of the lines of Iarnród Éireann, and so there is a 'heritage set' based
in Dublin and housed in the former valeting plant in Heuston station, although it hasn't carried passengers
for quite some time.
Wagons, Cranes & Railcars (Whitehead)
Carriages are what the public see and
travel on behind our locomotives, but in the days of steam just as significant were the numerous
differing goods vehicles which were hauled around the country.
Carriages On Loan
There are nearly 90 carriages and wagons owned by or in the care of the RPSI. Those that are not kept in several locations in the Dublin area or at our main base at Whitehead are on loan to other museums and preservation groups.