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(Updated 27/6/2016)

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Steam and Jazz
Friday evenings 17th & 24th June, 1st & 8th July, 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 steam train at Belfast Central. Relax as we leave the city behind and enjoy the sounds of New Orleans jazz as we pause 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 18:25
Carrickfergus 18:40
Belfast Central 19:15
Mystery Destination
--
--
Belfast Central
23:40
 
Carrickfergus00:08 
Whitehead Excursion00:25 

Tickets
17 June
24 June
01 July
08 July
02 September

IMPORTANT: Seats are pre-allocated, so if you have a large party it is recommended that you make a single booking to ensure getting seated together.

Western Gateway
Sunday 10th July

Dublin to Athlone & return
Athlone to Ballinasloe & return

Take a trip to view the mighty River Shannon.

Spend some time relaxing in scenic Athlone, or maybe extend your steam journey to Ballinasloe - the choice is yours!

Train 1
Arr
Dep
Dublin Connolly
--
10:30
Athlone12:5516:15
Dublin Connolly18:45
--
Adult €30, Child €20
Tickets can be purchased (over the counter) at:
Irish Rail, Pearse Station, Dublin
Mark's Models, Hawkins Street, Dublin

Train 2
Arr
Dep
Athlone
--
13:20
Ballinasloe13:4015:10
Athlone15:30
--
Adult €12, Child €6
Tickets can be purchased (over the counter) at:
Gala Shop, The Crescent, Athlone
Railway Station, Athlone

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.



Some Useful Information


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Forthcoming Train News

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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.

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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.

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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
"Portrush Flyer": Belfast - Portrush & return
Portrush - Coleraine & return
85
 
24
Sun
"The Boyne": Dublin - Drogheda & return
Drogheda - Dundalk & return; Drogheda - Skerries & return
4
August
7
Sun
"Portrush Flyer": Belfast - Portrush & return
Portrush - Coleraine & return
85
 
7
Sun
"Dublin Riviera": Dublin - Greystones & return (x2) 4
 
21
Sun
"Portrush Flyer": Belfast - Portrush & return
Portrush - Coleraine & return
85
 
21
Sun
"Marble City": Dublin - Kilkenny & return 461
 
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
October
30
Sun
"Broomstick Belle": Belfast - Whitehead & return (x2)
 
30
Sun
"Halloween Shuttle": Dublin - Greystones & return (x2)
December
3
Sat
"Santa Special": Dublin - TBC & return (x3)
 
3
Sat
"Santa Special": Belfast - Whitehead & return (x2)
 
4
Sun
"Santa Special": Dublin - TBC & return (x2)
 
4
Sun
"Santa Special": Belfast - Whitehead & return (x3)
 
10
Sat
"Santa Special": Dublin - TBC & return (x3)
 
10
Sat
"Santa Special": Belfast - Whitehead & return (x2)
 
11
Sun
"Santa Special": Dublin - TBC & return (x2)
 
11
Sun
"Santa Special": Portadown - Lisburn & return (x2)
 
17
Sat
"Santa Special": Dublin - TBC & return (x3)
 
17
Sat
"Santa Special": Belfast - Whitehead & return (x2)
 
18
Sun
"Santa Special": Dublin - TBC & return (x2)
 
18
Sun
"Santa Special": Belfast - Whitehead & return (x3)



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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.
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