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(Updated 26/8/2016)

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Portrush Flyer
Sundays 21st & 28th August

Belfast Central - Portrush & return

The world-famous Portrush Flyer returns this year with two trains to the north coast destination. It will be a traditional summer day out with around 4 hours at the seaside.

We have struggled to fit in our trains this year because of the busy summer trains to Portrush, but with the kind help of Translink we are pleased to be able to run on the above dates.

Check it out: 2011 / 2014 / 2015 (1) / 2015 (2) / 2015 (3)

Arr
Dep
Whitehead Excursion
(Not Translink Station)
10:00
Carrickfergus10:1710:18
Belfast Central10:4511:30
Portrush13:3517:25
Belfast Central19:1520:05
Carrickfergus20:3120:32
Whitehead Excursion20:47

21 August
28 August


Portrush - Coleraine & return

You can extend your trip back to Coleraine for some extra steam miles. Or, if you are already at the seaside, why not come along and have an afternoon trip on the Coleraine Steam Train?

Arr
Dep
Portrush14:15
Coleraine14:3515:15
Portrush15:35
Fare: £5
You may purchase your Coleraine tickets on the train on the day or book online below.
Book Tickets Online (Coleraine)

All tickets may also be purchased (by phone or over the counter) at:
Visit Belfast Welcome Centre, 8-9 Donegall Square North, BT1 5GJ.
Tel: +44 28 9024 6609
Steam and Jazz
Friday 2nd September

Belfast Central to a Mystery Destination & return

Get out the glad rags, dust off the straw boater - it's Jazz time! Join our restored 1960s train at Belfast Central, hauled by a vintage steam locomotive. Relax as we leave the city behind and enjoy the sounds of New Orleans jazz when we call at stations which could be anywhere on the Northern Ireland railway network.

The music this year is provided by Bill Cheney and the Bourbon Swing Jazz Band, one of Northern Ireland's best Dixieland bands. The band stays faithful to the traditional Delta, drawing upon a substantial repertoire of tunes from the early 20th century with influences including King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton and Louis Armstrong. Most of the band has played at international jazz events.

Check it out (22/6/2012)

"And - dare I say it - possibly the best, most fun night out of the summer?"
Belfast Telegraph, 29th June 2013


Arr
Dep
Whitehead Excursion
(Not Translink Station)
 18:25
Carrickfergus 18:40
Belfast Central 19:15
Mystery Destination
--
--
Belfast Central
23:40
 
Carrickfergus00:08 
Whitehead Excursion00:25 



Steam Enterprise
Sunday 25th September

Belfast - Dublin & return

Enjoy a day trip to Dublin on our vintage steam train, with an afternoon to enjoy Ireland's buzzing capital.

See photographs from a Steam Enterprise earlier in 2016.

Arr
Dep
Whitehead Excursion
(Not Translink Station)
--
09:00
Carrickfergus09:1409:15
Belfast Central09:3509:45
Lisburn10:1410:20
Portadown10:5110:55
Dundalk11:3511:55
Dublin Connolly13:1016:10
Dundalk17:2117:35
Portadown18:1618:17
Lisburn18:4618:51
Belfast Central19:0519:08
Carrickfergus19:2819:29
Whitehead Excursion19:43
--

Fare: Adult £30, Child £14, Family (2a+2c) £79

Book Tickets Online

Tickets can also be purchased (by phone or over the counter) at:
Visit Belfast Welcome Centre, 8-9 Donegall Square North, BT1 5GJ.
Tel: +44 28 9024 6609
Western Explorer Diesel Railtour
Saturday 22nd October

Dublin - Athenry - Ennis - Limerick - Dublin

Continuing the theme of celebrating 40 years of the magnicient and iconic 071 class diesel locomotives, this Dublin-based one-day excursion will feature diesel haulage on a trip along the Western Rail Corridor.

The fare will include a complimentary 071 badge.

The railtour will connect with the morning Enterprise from Belfast and the last one down in the evening.

There will also be stops at Monasterevan, Tullamore, Athlone, Attymon and Athenry; plus set-down stops at Portarlington and Kildare on the return journey.

Arr
Dep
Dublin Connolly
--
09:50
Ennis14:0515:45
Limerick16:2517:05
Dublin Connolly19:45
--

Fare: £65 / €75

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

Dublin - Greystones & return

A return journey of approximately two hours, 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.

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
All tickets: €19
(Passengers of all ages, except children under 3 not requiring a present from Santa)

Your Booking, Fares & Ticketing Questions Answered - PLEASE READ

Postal Booking Form
(Tickets only available by post - please use this form.)
(Tickets will only be allocated/notified 2 to 3 weeks in advance of your date.)

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.



Some Useful Information


Before you contact us please read these items.
Forthcoming Train News

Want to know when tickets go on sale?

See the Programme below for all our proposed dates. If the train you are interested in is not listed in the Upcoming Trains & Events boxes above, then tickets are not yet on sale.

Please don't email us or send Facebook/Twitter messages asking when tickets go on sale - this page gets updated with that information as soon as we know ourselves.

All available information regarding planned trains is listed. When more details are confirmed they can be sent to you, but only when you register your address in the Yahoo box below.

We are unable to comment on what trains will be running until they appear below.

The Coming Season's Trains

Dates for the next season are normally published in the first months of the new year. The first train of the season is usually, but not always, at Easter.

However, the Programme can, and does, change so what is shown is not necessarily the final list.

An email information service giving notice of our trains is available, but only when you register your address in the Yahoo box below.

If you have a query about our trains then please first check the answers to a list of frequently asked questions.

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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
 
30
Sun
"Broomstick Belle": Belfast - Whitehead & return (x2)
 
30
Sun
"Halloween Shuttle": Dublin - Greystones & return (x2)
December
3
Sat
"Santa Special": Dublin - Greystones & return (x3)
 
3
Sat
"Santa Special": Belfast - Whitehead & return (x2)
 
4
Sun
"Santa Special": Dublin - Greystones & return (x2)
 
4
Sun
"Santa Special": Belfast - Whitehead & return (x3)
 
10
Sat
"Santa Special": Dublin - Greystones & return (x3)
 
10
Sat
"Santa Special": Belfast - Whitehead & return (x2)
 
11
Sun
"Santa Special": Dublin - Greystones & return (x2)
 
11
Sun
"Santa Special": Portadown - Lisburn & return (x2)
 
17
Sat
"Santa Special": Dublin - Greystones & return (x3)
 
17
Sat
"Santa Special": Belfast - Whitehead & return (x2)
 
18
Sun
"Santa Special": Dublin - Greystones & return (x2)
 
18
Sun
"Santa Special": Belfast - Whitehead & return (x3)

Advance ticket purchase is essential for all mainline trains - Unless otherwise stated.
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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