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Upcoming Trains & Events
(Updated 12/2/2016)

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

Details & Full Programme.
Wednesday 9th March

(1) Sunday School Excursions

Alan Hyland presents the late David Seymour's exploration of these fabled days out, their impact on communities and the lengths to which the railways went to make it all work - usually behind steam.

(2) The Pictures Are Better on the Wireless

Ian Sinclair again delves into the archives of BBC local radio to bring us once-familiar voices from both regular slots and one-off feature programmes which explored the local railway scene.

The Shannon
Sunday 13th March

Dublin to Carrick on Shannon & return

Take a trip to view the mighty River Shannon with a journey along the Royal Canal to Mullingar, then past majestic Lough Owel to Longford and Carrick on Shannon.

Spend the afternoon relaxing in scenic Carrick, or maybe extend your steam journey to Boyle - the choice is yours!

"The Shannon"
Arr
Dep
Dublin Connolly
--
11:00
Carrick On Shannon14:0016:05
Dublin Connolly19:10
--
Adult €30, Child €15

"The Boyle"
Arr
Dep
Carrick On Shannon
--
14:25
Boyle14:4515:45
Carrick On Shannon16:00
--
Adult €12, Child €6

Booking Form
Easter Eggspress

Easter Monday, 28th March
Easter Tuesday, 29th March

Belfast - Whitehead & return

Don't miss out on the Easter Week fun - hop aboard the Easter Eggspress for a steam train adventure to Whitehead. Fun for all the family, plus Easter eggs for the children.

There will be two trains each day:

Train 1
Arr
Dep
Belfast Central
--
11:30
Whitehead Excursion12:2013:00
Belfast Central13:45
--

Train 2
Arr
Dep
Belfast Central
--
14:30
Whitehead Excursion15:2016:00
Belfast Central16:45
--

Tickets: £12 (One fare for all)

Book Tickets Online

Tickets can also be purchased (by phone or over the counter) at:
Belfast Welcome Centre, 8-9 Donegall Square North, BT1 5GJ.
Tel: +44 28 9024 6609
Croagh Patrick International Railtour Weekend
12th May - 17th May 2016

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 Athlone, Belfast, Ballina, Dublin, Westport, Whitehead.

Fringe Events (Single Day Fares)

Positioning runs, diesel-haulage to Waterford and Limerick Junction, heritage tour by coach from Belfast.

Train (Saturday-Monday) nearly booked up !!
No hotel availability in Westport (Sat/Sun) - please book independently


International Railtour Page / Booking Details

(Schedules, when available, will be listed on the Railtour page.)

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


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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.

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 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
17
Sun
"Steam Enterprise": Belfast - Dublin & return 85
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 4/461
 
15
Sun
"Croagh Patrick": Westport - TBA - Westport 4/461
 
16
Mon
"Croagh Patrick": Westport - Dublin - Belfast - Whitehead 4/85/461
June
5
Sun
"Steam Enterprise": Belfast - Dublin & return 85



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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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