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(Updated 5/12/2016)

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A public meeting run by the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland.

Details & Full Programme.
Wednesday 14th December

Irish Royal Trains North of Dublin

Charles Friel describes and illustrates the many royal trains run locally between 1903 and 2016 with some of the stories behind the headlines. Includes inside coverage of our own royal train from Coleraine to Bellarena with No.85 "Merlin" in June 2016.

Headhunters Barbers & Railway Museum

Selwyn Johnston and Alan Devers on this unique feature of Enniskillen which opened 15 years ago as well as the highlights, challenges, and opportunities of promoting railway heritage in the West.

Belfast Shopper
Saturday 17th December

Whitehead Excursion Station - Belfast Central & return

Fancy a chance to travel up to Belfast in style to do some last minute Christmas shopping?

Leave the car at home and enjoy the coastal scenery from your steam train as you head up to Belfast, where the attractions range from St George's Market to the Christmas Market at City Hall and of course all the shops and restaurants.

Arr
Dep
Whitehead Excursion Station
--
09:50
Carrickfergus
Pick up
10:05
Belfast Central
10:45
16:45
Carrickfergus
Set down
17:15
Whitehead Excursion Station
17:30
--

Fare: Adult £10, Child £5

Tickets may be purchased (over the counter) at:
The Bank House, 12 Edward Road, Whitehead, BT38 9QB.




Santa Special

3rd, 4th, 10th, 17th & 18th December
Belfast to Whitehead & return

11th December
Portadown to Lisburn & return

A return steam train journey of festive fun, with an on-board visit from Santa and presents for children. The return trip will give plenty of opportunity for photographs with the man in red beside the train.

Departing Belfast Central
Sat 3rd Dec
11:30
14:30
Sun 4th Dec
10:00
13:00
16:00
Sat 10th Dec
11:30
14:30
Sat 17th Dec
11:30
14:30
Sun 18th Dec
10:00
13:00
16:00

Departing Portadown
Sun 11th Dec
12:45
14:45

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Santa Special
3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th & 18th December

Dublin - Greystones & return

A return journey by vintage train, with an on-board visit from Santa and selection boxes for children. 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.

Departing Dublin Pearse
Sat 3rd Dec1
10:10
Steam
2
13:10
Steam
3
16:40
Diesel
Sun 4th Dec4
10:55
Steam
5
14:25
Steam
Sat 10th Dec6
10:10
Steam
7
13:10
Steam
8
16:40
Diesel
Sun 11th Dec9
10:55
Steam
10
14:25
Steam
Sat 17th Dec11
10:10
Steam
12
13:10
Steam
13
16:40
Diesel
Sun 18th Dec14
10:55
Steam
15
14:25
Steam
16
17:10
Diesel

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(Tickets will be allocated/notified 2 to 3 weeks in advance of your date.)
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Marble Tribesman Diesel Railtour
Saturday 8th April

Dublin - Galway - Kildare - Kilkenny - Dublin

To continue fund-raising for the restoration of our 121 and 141 locomotives, we are pleased to announce the next diesel railtour. It will include Galway and Kilkenny and will feature requested 071 class haulage with several locomotive changes.

The tour will depart from Dublin and head west to Galway. Following a break in Galway for over an hour, the train will return east to Kildare (loco change) before heading south to Kilkenny (loco change). A smart return from Kilkenny will get the train back to Dublin. Several photo stops along the route will also be a feature on the day.

All proceeds from this railtour will go directly to the continuation of restoration work currently underway with B141 and 134.

Since the arrival of the locomotives at the RPSI shed in Dublin Connolly a lot of work has been undertaken on them. Both have successfully started in preservation and now also work in multiple. To continue the work it needs your help, so please support this railtour and the prospect of seeing our 121 and 141 locomotives back at the head of our trains will become a reality.

Arr
Dep
Dublin Connolly
--
08:15
Dublin Connolly20:30
--

Fare: £55 / €60

Postal Booking Form

A dining car runs on all our trains offering teas, coffees and light snacks as well as a full bar service, including (usually) draught beer! We also try to include an Irish craft beer where possible.



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The Coming Season's Trains

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Programme Of Public Trains (2016)
Dates will be added to the programme as and when confirmed - log your email address above for news.
Details are not guaranteed and may be subject to change/cancellation.
 Month
 Date
 Day
Description/Route
Proposed
locomotive

(subject to
availability)
Tickets
On Sale?
February
7
Sun
"The Midlander": Dublin - M3 Parkway & return
Dublin - Maynooth & return
461 -
March
13
Sun
"The Shannon": Dublin - Carrick on Shannon & return
Carrick on Shannon - Boyle & return
4 -
 
28
Mon
"Easter Eggspress": Belfast - Whitehead & return (x2) 85 -
 
29
Tue
"Easter Eggspress": Belfast - Whitehead & return (x2) 85 -
April
3
Sun
"Dublin Riviera": Dublin - Greystones & return (x2) 461 -
May
12
Thu
"Croagh Patrick": Whitehead - Belfast - Dublin 85 -
 
13
Fri
"071-40": Dublin - Waterford - Limerick Junction - Dublin Diesel -
 
14
Sat
"Croagh Patrick": Dublin - Athlone - Claremorris - Westport 4 -
 
15
Sun
"Croagh Patrick": Westport - Ballina - Westport 4 -
 
16
Mon
"Croagh Patrick": Westport - Dublin - Belfast - Whitehead 4/85 -
 
29
Sun
"The Fingal": Dublin - Balbriggan & return
Balbriggan - Drogheda & return (x2)
4 -
June
5
Sun
"Steam Enterprise": Belfast - Dublin & return 85 -
 
17
Fri
"Steam & Jazz": Belfast - Mystery Destination & return 85 -
 
24
Fri
"Steam & Jazz": Belfast - Mystery Destination & return 85 -
July
1
Fri
"Steam & Jazz": Belfast - Mystery Destination & return 85 -
 
8
Fri
"Steam & Jazz": Belfast - Mystery Destination & return 85 -
 
10
Sun
"Western Gateway": Dublin - Athlone & return
Athlone - Ballinasloe & return
4 -
 
24
Sun
"Steam Enterprise": Belfast - Dublin & return 85 -
 
24
Sun
"The Boyne": Dublin - Drogheda & return
Drogheda - Dundalk & return; Drogheda - Skerries & return
4 -
 
30
Sat
"Whitehead Festival": Whitehead Train Rides 85 -
August
7
Sun
"Dublin Riviera": Dublin - Greystones & return (x2) 461 -
 
21
Sun
"Radio Train": Dublin - Kilkenny & return 4 -
 
21
Sun
"Portrush Flyer": Belfast - Portrush & return
Portrush - Coleraine & return
85 -
 
28
Sun
"Portrush Flyer": Belfast - Portrush & return
Portrush - Coleraine & return
85 -
September
2
Fri
"Steam & Jazz": Belfast - Mystery Destination & return 85 -
 
25
Sun
"Steam Enterprise": Belfast - Dublin & return 85 -
October
22
Sat
"Western Explorer": Dublin - Athenry - Limerick - Dublin Diesel -
 
29
Sat
"Broomstick Belle": Belfast - Whitehead & return (x2) 85 -
 
30
Sun
"The Haunted Express": Dublin - Maynooth & return (x2) 4 -
 
30
Sun
"Semaphore Finale": Belfast - Castlerock - Coleraine - Belfast 85 -
November
26
Sat
"Victorian Street Fair": Whitehead steam train rides 3BG -
December
3
Sat
"Santa Special": Dublin - Greystones & return (x3) 4/461 -
 
3
Sat
"Santa Special": Belfast - Whitehead & return (x2) 85 -
 
4
Sun
"Santa Special": Dublin - Greystones & return (x2) 461 -
 
4
Sun
"Santa Special": Belfast - Whitehead & return (x3) 85 -
 
10
Sat
"Santa Special": Dublin - Greystones & return (x3)
 
10
Sat
"Santa Special": Belfast - Whitehead & return (x2) 85
 
11
Sun
"Santa Special": Dublin - Greystones & return (x2)
 
11
Sun
"Santa Special": Portadown - Lisburn & return (x2) 85
 
17
Sat
"Santa Special": Dublin - Greystones & return (x3)
 
17
Sat
"Santa Special": Belfast - Whitehead & return (x2) 85
 
18
Sun
"Santa Special": Dublin - Greystones & return (x2)
 
18
Sun
"Santa Special": Belfast - Whitehead & return (x3) 85
2017
April
8
Sat
"Marble Tribesman": Dublin - Galway - Kildare - Kilkenny - Dublin Diesel
 
17
Mon
"Easter Eggspress": Belfast - Whitehead & return (x2)
 
18
Tue
"Easter Eggspress": Belfast - Whitehead & return (x2)
May
6
Sat
Annual Railtour: Dublin - TBC
 
7
Sun
Annual Railtour: TBC - Dublin
 
8
Mon
Annual Railtour: Dublin - Belfast - Whitehead

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Attempting to travel without a ticket at the main departure station OR without a ticket and at a different station on the route causes the RPSI major problems. We sell tickets for the seats on the train, therefore you are very likely to be refused a seat on the train or be asked to leave if you do not have a ticket. Please purchase your ticket in advance.

Please Act Responsibly Around Our Trains
If you are going to watch, photograph or travel on an RPSI steam train, please remember that the trains are operated on the national rail networks along with scheduled passenger services.  Trespassing to watch or photograph a steam train endangers your safety, the safety of others and disrupts the operation of all trains on the network - please act responsibly. Both Translink and Iarnród Éireann have severe penalties for trespassers.




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