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(Updated 1/10/2016)

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

Details & Full Programme.
A Few of My Favourite Things
Wednesday 12th October

Short slide show presentations from a number of eminent Society photographers.

1950s Memories of Pomeroy by Evan Connolly
Coal, Sand and Clay from Coalisland by Jim Donaghy
Zillertalbahn 1983 by Michael Henderson
Ffestiniog Railway Days by John McKegney
Last Time Events of NIR Steam by Michael Stevenson
UTA Steam in the 1960s by John Stuart
25 Years of Drumawhey Junction by John Turner

(But not necessarily in that order!)

Western Explorer Diesel Railtour
Saturday 22nd October

Dublin - Athenry - Ennis - Limerick - Dublin

Continuing the theme of celebrating 40 years of the magnificent 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

Tickets can also be purchased (over the counter) at:
Mark's Models, Hawkins Street, Dublin.
Broomstick Belle
Saturday 29th October

Belfast to Whitehead & return

Enjoy a 2-hour ride in a restored steam train from Belfast Central, along the shores of Belfast Lough to Whitehead and return. Ghosts and ghoulies of all ages are invited to come along in seasonal costume to sample the unique steamy Halloween atmosphere.

All children holding a ticket will receive a spooky goody bag from the wicked witch!

Check it out

Train 1
Arr
Dep
Belfast Central
--
11:30
Whitehead Excursion12:1512:55
Belfast Central13:45
--

Train 2
Arr
Dep
Belfast Central
--
14:30
Whitehead Excursion15:1515:55
Belfast Central16:45
--

All Tickets: £13

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
Castlerock Semaphore Finale
Sunday 30th October

Belfast - Castlerock - Coleraine - Belfast

This is a rare opportunity to operate a one-off traditional style railtour.

The Society, with the co-operation of NIR, is offering a final opportunity to run to and terminate a train at Castlerock.

The line is temporarily closing from 2nd November to enable commissioning of the new signalling. From this date Castlerock will cease to be a signalling block post. The signal cabin, passing loop and traditional mechanically operated signals will close. The closure marks the end of NIR's last full-time manned traditional signalling block post system, and with it traditional track sectional tablet working on the Coleraine to Londonderry line. The Down platform track and pointwork will be removed with the station becoming a single through line using the main Up platform and electric signals.


From LMS NCC track diagram book, showing Quarry Siding in situ. (Courtesy J.Cassells)

Around one hour is planned for a Castlerock lie-over. This will allow the 13:33 ex Londonderry to pass at 14:07. At Coleraine on return there will be over one hour to stretch the legs, while the locomotive, GNR(I) V Class No.85 "Merlin", turns and is serviced.

The train is aimed at all, but should be of particular interest to enthusiasts to see for the last time Castlerock being worked as a traditional intermediate signalling block post station, reminiscent of former railway days.

Please try and support this not-to-be-repeated event.

Arr
Dep
Whitehead Excursion
(Not Translink Station)
--
10:00
Carrickfergus10:1510:16
Belfast Central10:4511:30
Castlerock13:2514:18
Coleraine14:3515:40
Belfast Central17:1518:05
Carrickfergus18:3118:32
Whitehead Excursion18:47
--

Fares: Adult £25; Child £15

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
The Haunted Express
Sunday 30th October

Dublin to Maynooth & return

What a nightmare !!

The train will be Halloween themed and hopefully nothing will happen as it goes through the spooky Dublin suburbs on its way west.

Bring the kids along in their scariest outfits for an enjoyable 2 hour spooky outing. Prizes for the best costumes. Nothing scary about that!

Is it a trick, is it a treat? You decide - if you dare.

Train 1
Arr
Dep
Dublin Connolly
--
10:50
Maynooth
Dublin Connolly12:40
--

Train 2
Arr
Dep
Dublin Connolly
--
14:15
Maynooth
Dublin Connolly16:30
--

Fares: Adult €12; Child €8

Postal Booking Form

Tickets can also be purchased (over the counter) at:
Irish Rail, Pearse Station, Dublin
Mark's Models, Hawkins Street, Dublin




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

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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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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
"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
"Castlerock Semaphore Finale": Belfast - Castlerock - Coleraine - Belfast 85
December
3
Sat
"Santa Special": Dublin - Greystones & return (x3)
 
3
Sat
"Santa Special": Belfast - Whitehead & return (x2) 85
 
4
Sun
"Santa Special": Dublin - Greystones & return (x2)
 
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

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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