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Posters for our trains.
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Details of the event.
When it operates, how much it costs and where to buy tickets.
It is our 50th Anniversary Year
Click here for details of 50th anniversary dinners and events this year.
Easter Eggspress
(Click on image to download poster)
Easter steam trains from Belfast
Easter Eggspress

Easter Monday, 21st April
Easter Tuesday, 22nd April


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
Belfast Central
--
11:00
Whitehead Excursion11:4012:15
Belfast Central12:55
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Train 2
Belfast Central
--
13:30
Whitehead Excursion14:1515:00
Belfast Central15:40
--

Tickets: £11 (One fare for all)

MONDAY TRAINS SOLD OUT

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
Locomotive No.461
J.B.Pickup
Easter Shuttle
Easter Monday, 21st April

Easter Monday fun at Wicklow and Greystones.

Train 1: Dublin - Wicklow & return
Dublin Connolly
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10:30
Wicklow12:0015:30
Dublin Connolly16:55
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(Adult €20, Child €10 including Easter egg)
Tickets on sale at:
Irish Rail, Dublin Pearse Station.
Mark's Models, Hawkins Street, Dublin

Train 2: Wicklow - Greystones & return
Wicklow
--
12:45
Greystones13:1013:40
Wicklow14:05
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(Adult €12, Conc €6)
Tickets on sale at:
Track One Music Store, Fitzwilliam Square, Wicklow Town.

Slieve Gullion Railtour
Sunday 4th May


After 10 years out of traffic GNR(I) No.85 "Merlin" is now back in traffic.

This trip will be a Great Northern day through and through with a visit to the historic railway town of Dundalk! There you can view the station museum with its fine array of railway artefacts and unspoilt buildings.

The on-train dining car will be offering teas, coffees, snacks and a full bar sevice.

Whitehead Excursion09:25
Carrickfergus09:40
Belfast Central10:10
Lisburn10:45
Portadown11:15
Poyntzpass11:35
Dundalk (arrive)12:10
Dundalk (return)14:35
Belfast Central (arrive)17:00

Fare: £15 (One fare for all)

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


Poster by S.Comiskey
 
Saint Canice International Railtour Weekend
15th May - 20th May

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 Belfast, Dublin, Enfield, Howth, Kilkenny, Whitehead, Wicklow.

Fringe Events (Single Day Fares)

Positioning runs, diesel-haulage to Galway (see below), heritage tour by coach from Belfast.

International Railtour Page

To book your place on any part of the Saint Canice railtour please use the following.

Railtour Prospectus
Railtour Weekend Booking Form

To book your place on only the Galway Bay (diesel) please use the following.

Galway Bay Railtour Booking Form

PLEASE NOTE: All available times are listed on the Railtour page.
An 071 at Islandbridge on the South Clare Railtour (C Cooney)
(c) C Cooney
Galway Bay
Friday 16th May

Dublin - Galway & return


The now traditional one-day diesel excursion as part of the International Railtour Weekend will this year be visiting Galway this year. 071 haulage has been requested.

Outline times (Subject to change)
Dublin Connolly
--
09:30
Galway13:1515:35
Dublin Connolly18:35
--

Fare: £48/€55

Galway Booking Form
(Please only use this form if you are not travelling on any other part of the Railtour weekend)
Please print and display a copy.
Steam and Jazz
Friday evenings 13th, 20th & 27th June, 4th July

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 from the Apex Jazz Band as we pause at stations which could be anywhere on the Northern Ireland railway network.

Check it out (22/6/2012)

Check it out (28/6/2013)

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


Depart Belfast Central at 7:25pm, returning at 11:40pm.

All Tickets: £27

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


B.Pickup
The Marble City
Sundays 15th June, 27th July & 24th August

Dublin - Kilkenny & return


Treat yourself to a trip in vintage carriages from the early 1960s, travelling behind a 90 year old steam locomotive to the Marble City of Kilkenny.

Dublin Connolly
--
09:30
Kilkenny13:0014:50
Dublin Connolly18:35
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Fare: Adult €30, Child €20, Family (2a+2c) €80.

Postal Booking Form

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



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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 On Sale
 
21
Mon
"Easter Eggspress": Belfast - Whitehead & return (x2) 85 Book
 
22
Tue
"Easter Eggspress": Belfast - Whitehead & return (x2) 85 Book
May
4
Sun
"Slieve Gullion": Whitehead - Belfast - Dundalk & return 85 Book
 
15
Thu
"Saint Canice": Whitehead - Belfast - Dublin 85 Book
 
16
Fri
"Galway Bay": Dublin - Galway & return Diesel Book
 
17
Sat
"Saint Canice": Dublin - Howth - Wicklow - Enfield - Dublin 85/461 Book
 
18
Sun
"Saint Canice": Dublin - Kilkenny & return 85 Book
 
19
Mon
"Saint Canice": Dublin - Belfast - Whitehead 85 Book
June
1
Sun
"Balbriggan Festival": Dublin - Balbriggan & return
Balbriggan - Drogheda & return (x2)
461  
 
13
Fri
"Steam & Jazz": Belfast - Mystery Destination & return 85 Book
 
15
Sun
"The Marble City": Dublin - Kilkenny & return 461 Book
 
20
Fri
"Steam & Jazz": Belfast - Mystery Destination & return 85 Book
 
27
Fri
"Steam & Jazz": Belfast - Mystery Destination & return 85 Book
July
4
Fri
"Steam & Jazz": Belfast - Mystery Destination & return 85 Book
 
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 Book
 
27
Sun
"Portrush Flyer": Belfast - Portrush & return
Portrush - Coleraine & return
85  
August
10
Sun
"Great Northern Getaway": Dublin - Drogheda & return
Drogheda - Skerries & return (x2)
461  
 
10
Sun
"Portrush Flyer": Belfast - Portrush & return
Portrush - Coleraine & return
85  
 
24
Sun
"Portrush Flyer": Belfast - Portrush & return
Portrush - Coleraine & return
85  
 
24
Sun
"The Marble City": Dublin - Kilkenny & return 461 Book
September
13
Sat
"European Heritage Open Day": Whitehead site tours    
 
14
Sun
"North Atlantic Express": Belfast - Portrush & return 85  
 
20
Sat
"Country Come To Town": Portadown - Lisburn & return (x2) 85  
 
28
Sun
"Steam Enterprise": Belfast - Dublin & return 85  
October
26
Sun
"Broomstick Belle": Belfast - Whitehead & return (x2) 85  
November
22
Sat
"Victorian Street Fair": Whitehead steam train rides    
December
6
Sat
"Santa Special": Belfast - Whitehead & return (x2)    
 
7
Sun
"Santa Special": Belfast - Whitehead & return (x2)    
 
13
Sat
"Santa Special": Belfast - Whitehead & return (x2)    
 
14
Sun
"Santa Special": Portadown - Lisburn & return (x2)    
 
20
Sat
"Santa Special": Belfast - Whitehead & return (x2)    
 
21
Sun
"Santa Special": Belfast - Whitehead & return (x2)    
28
Sun
"Mince Pie": Belfast - Dublin & return 85  



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