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Details of the event.
When it operates, how much it costs and where to buy tickets.




Volunteer Open Day
Saturday 29th November

Would you like to get involved with our work? It couldn't be easier.

We will have representatives of the various departments on hand and they will be able to explain what sort of jobs are available, what tasks you can get involved in. It will all be very informal - and don't worry, you will not be placed under any obligation.

So please take this as your personal invitation:

Excursion Station, Castleview Road, Whitehead, BT38 9NA.
10am (finishes at midday)

Please use the application questionnaire opposite.

Feel free to bring any friends who might be interested.
Whitehead Victorian Street Fair
Saturday 29th November

Whitehead Excursion Station (1pm-5pm)


This winter event in Whitehead takes the form of a street fair and we will be joining in with train rides at our station with the chance for visitors to enjoy the unique steam experience.
Locomotive No.85 will be the locomotive in steam, and visitors will be able to talk to the Driver, Fireman and Guard, and to see the footplate.

Have a look for yourself

Admission: Adult £2.50, Child £2


Santa Special
29th & 30th November, 6th, 7th, 13th & 14th December

Dublin to Maynooth & return

A return journey of approximately two hours, with an on board visit from Santa and presents for children.

1Sat 29th Nov
10:15
Steam
2 
13:35
Steam
3 
16:10
Diesel
On sale
4Sun 30th Nov
10:50
Steam
5 
14:05
Steam
6Sat 6th Dec
10:15
Steam
7 
13:35
Steam
8 
16:10
Diesel
9Sun 7th Dec
10:50
Steam
10 
14:05
Steam
11Sat 13th Dec
10:15
Steam
12 
13:35
Steam
13 
16:10
Diesel
14Sun 14th Dec
10:50
Steam
15 
14:05
Steam

Ring +353 1 480 0553 for tickets for Train 3

Allocation and mailing of tickets has been completed
There will be no futher refunds or exchanges


Santa Special

30th November, 6th, 13th, 14th & 20th December
Belfast to Whitehead & return

7th December
Portadown to Lisburn & return

A return journey of festive fun, with an on board visit from Santa and presents for children.

Sun 30th Nov
11:05
14:05
Sat 6th Dec
11:00
13:00
16:00
Sun 7th Dec
12:45
14:45
Sat 13th Dec
11:00
13:00
16:00
Sun 14th Dec
11:05
14:05
Sat 20th Dec
11:00
13:00
16:00

All Tickets: £12

*** EXTRA SEATS ADDED ***
(Contact Belfast Welcome Centre to check for availability)


Book Tickets Online

Tickets can also be booked (by phone or over the counter) at:
Belfast Welcome Centre, 8-9 Donegall Square North, BT1 5GJ.
Tel: +44 28 9024 6609
Mince Pie Special
Sunday 28th December

Belfast - Dublin & return
(A train for grown-ups, but children welcome!)


Join us on a relaxing journey of post-Christmas winding down. Think of mince pies, mulled wine and hot whiskeys. Sounds good, doesn't it?

Complimentary mince pie and a glass of mulled wine included.

An ideal Christmas present!

Arr
Dep
Whitehead Excursion 08:40
Carrickfergus 
08:55
Belfast Central 
09:15
Lisburn 
09:40
Portadown 
10:05
Dundalk 
10:55
Dublin Connolly12:15 
   
Dublin Connolly 
16:15
Belfast Central19:10 
(Return stops will be as outward)

Fare: Adult £28, Child £20

Book Tickets Online

Tickets can also be booked (by phone or over the counter) at:
Belfast Welcome Centre, 8-9 Donegall Square North, BT1 5GJ.
Tel: +44 28 9024 6609

A dining car runs on all our trains offering teas, coffees and snacks as well as a full bar service, including (usually) draught Guinness!


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.

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

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

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

An email information service giving notice of our trains is available when you register your address. Subscribe to our newsgroup and receive updates about all our trains, e.g. dates, fares, tickets, cancellations, etc.

The newsgroup is managed through Yahoo and you can unsubscribe at any time.

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2014 Programme
(Dates and locomotives are not guaranteed and may be subject to change)
 Month
 Date
 Day
Description/Route
Proposed
locomotive

(subject to
availability)
Tickets
On
Sale?
March
23
Mon
"The Midlander": Dublin - Mullingar & return 461 -
April
12
Sat
"The Boyne": Dublin - Dundalk 461 -
 
13
Sun
"The Boyne": Dundalk - Drogheda & return (x2)
Dundalk - Dublin
461 -
 
21
Mon
"Easter Shuttle": Dublin - Wicklow & return
Wicklow - Greystones & return
461 -
 
21
Mon
"Easter Eggspress": Belfast - Whitehead & return (x2) 85 -
 
22
Tue
"Easter Eggspress": Belfast - Whitehead & return (x2) 85 -
May
4
Sun
"Slieve Gullion": Whitehead - Belfast - Dundalk & return 85 -
 
15
Thu
"Saint Canice": Whitehead - Belfast - Dublin 85 -
 
16
Fri
"Galway Bay": Dublin - Galway & return Diesel -
 
17
Sat
"Saint Canice": Dublin - Howth - Wicklow - Enfield - Dublin 85/461 -
 
18
Sun
"Saint Canice": Dublin - Kilkenny & return 85 -
 
19
Mon
"Saint Canice": Dublin - Belfast - Whitehead 85 -
June
1
Sun
"Balbriggan Festival": Dublin - Balbriggan & return
Balbriggan - Drogheda & return (x2)
461 -
 
7
Sat
"Seashore Festival": Belfast - Bangor & return (x2) 85 -
 
8
Sun
"Seashore Festival": Belfast - Bangor & return (x2) 85 -
 
13
Fri
"Steam & Jazz": Belfast - Mystery Destination & return 85 -
 
15
Sun
"The Marble City": Dublin - Kilkenny & return 461 -
 
20
Fri
"Steam & Jazz": Belfast - Mystery Destination & return 85 -
 
27
Fri
"Steam & Jazz": Belfast - Mystery Destination & return 85 -
July
4
Fri
"Steam & Jazz": Belfast - Mystery Destination & return 85 -
 
13
Sun
"Bray Shuttle": Dublin - Bray & return
Bray - Wicklow & return (x2)
461 -
 
19
Sat
IRRS Charter: Dublin - Waterford - Limerick - Nenagh - Ballybrophy - Dublin Diesel -
 
27
Sun
"The Marble City": Dublin - Kilkenny & return 461 -
 
27
Sun
"Portrush Flyer": Belfast - Portrush & return
Portrush - Coleraine & return
85 -
August
9
Sat
"Whitehead Festival": Whitehead train rides 85 -
 
10
Sun
"Great Northern Getaway": Dublin - Drogheda & return
Drogheda - Skerries & return (x2)
461 -
 
10
Sun
"Portrush Flyer": Belfast - Portrush & return
Portrush - Coleraine & return
85 -
 
31
Sun
"Portrush Flyer": Belfast - Portrush & return
Portrush - Coleraine & return
85 -
September
13
Sat
"European Heritage Open Day": Whitehead site tours   -
 
14
Sun
"Portrush Flyer": Belfast - Portrush & return
Portrush - Coleraine & return
85 -
October
4
Sat
"Superheroes Steam Express": Belfast - Whitehead & return (x2) 85 -
 
12
Sun
"Steam Enterprise": Belfast - Dublin & return 85 -
 
19
Sun
"Maynooth Shuttle": Dublin - Maynooth & return (x2) 461 -
 
26
Sun
"Broomstick Belle": Belfast - Whitehead & return (x3) 85 -
November
2
Sun
"Haunted Gaol Express": Dublin - Wicklow & return
Wicklow - Greystones & return
461 -
 
29
Sat
"The Blue Train": Midleton - Cork - Dublin (one-way) Diesel -
 
29
Sat
"Volunteer Open Day": An opportunity for prospective members and volunteers   Register
 
29
Sat
"Victorian Street Fair": Whitehead steam train rides 85 Pay on day
 
29
Sat
"Santa Special": Dublin - Maynooth & return (x3) 461/Diesel Sold Out
 
30
Sun
"Santa Special": Belfast - Whitehead & return (x2) 85 Sold Out
 
30
Sun
"Santa Special": Dublin - Maynooth & return (x2) 461 Sold Out
December
6
Sat
"Santa Special": Belfast - Whitehead & return (x3) 85 Sold Out
 
6
Sat
"Santa Special": Dublin - Maynooth & return (x3) 461/Diesel Sold Out
 
7
Sun
"Santa Special": Portadown - Lisburn & return (x2) 85 Sold Out
 
7
Sun
"Santa Special": Dublin - Maynooth & return (x2) 461 Sold Out
 
13
Sat
"Santa Special": Belfast - Whitehead & return (x3) 85 Sold Out
 
13
Sat
"Santa Special": Dublin - Maynooth & return (x3) 461/Diesel Sold Out
 
14
Sun
"Santa Special": Belfast - Whitehead & return (x2) 85 Sold Out
 
14
Sun
"Santa Special": Dublin - Maynooth & return (x2) 461 Sold Out
 
20
Sat
"Santa Special": Belfast - Whitehead & return (x3) 85 Sold Out
28
Sun
"Mince Pie": Belfast - Dublin & return 85 Book



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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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