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25th February - Carriage & Wagon News:
Following further research by members, we now have more details on State Coach 351.


25th February - Carriage & Wagon News:
Following further research by members, we now have more details on GS&WR 861.


24th February - Carriage & Wagon News:
Following further research by members, we now have more details on GS&WR 1142.


22nd February - Society News:
We must say goodbye to another long-time member and volunteer with the Society. It is very sad to report the death, after a short period in hospital, of former Train Manager, Henry Ritchie.
Henry was a constant on the Whitehead trains for too many years to mention.
He will be much missed.

Henry in typical pose, at Ballymena on 14/9/2014. (M.Beckett)

22nd February - Event News:
Dates of upcoming trains and meetings:
  • 08/03/2017: Whitehead - 50 Years and Counting (Belfast evening meeting)
  • 19/03/2017: The Midlander - On sale
  • 08/04/2017: Marble Tribesman - On sale
  • 17/04/2017: Easter Eggspress - On sale
  • 18/04/2017: Easter Eggspress - On sale
  • May 2017: Shannon & Suir Railtour - Open for reservations, outline times now available

  • 21st February - Carriage & Wagon News:
    Following further research by members, we now have more details on UTA Diner 87.


    17th February - Locomotive News:
    The GNR(I) SG3 No.202 page has been updated to reflect the model's return to Whitehead from Cultra.


    15th February - Carriage & Wagon News:
    Following some in-depth research by members, we now have more details on LMS NCC carriage 68.


    8th February - Carriage & Wagon News:
    The Sleeping Coach web page has been updated to reflect the move of the coach to its final placement at the rear of the yard.
    See also the photo album on Facebook.

    4th February - Whitehead News:
    The Whitehead Development page has been updated with a photograph of work on the new café and shop.


    (M.Walsh)

    2nd February - Locomotive News:
    The Society's GM diesel 134 was transferred to Inchicore on Thursday 2nd February. The locomotive will go to the 'Ramps' there for some bodywork.
    It is to pay for this restoration work that the Marble Tribesman is being run, and you can support this vital work by booking to travel on the tour.
    Gerry Mooney was there to capture the move on camera.

    134 is prepared for the move.

    GM 209 is the motive power.

    Cab view of the departure from Connolly.

    Ready to hit the Phoenix Park tunnel.

    2nd February - Website News:
    The Railtour Brochures page has been updated with Lough Gill tour.

    1st February - Website News:
    The Railtour Brochures page has been updated with 1970 and 1971 Open Days.

    25th January - Carriage & Wagon News:
    A new web page has been added for LMS NCC 'brown van' 697.

    24th January - Carriage & Wagon News:
    The new NCC Railcar 1 web page has been updated with revised details.
    Any further updates on the information available would be appreciated.

    (Courtesy Old Carrickfergus Postcards)

    23rd January - Carriage & Wagon News:
    The oil tank wagon 602 has been moved into the new sheds.
    The 602 web page has been updated as has the Facebook page.

    21st January - Website News:
    The Irish Railway Bibliography page has been updated with new entries.
    As this is a historical reference document you are invited to submit, for inclusion in a similar format, the relevant details of books you believe to be missing.

    19th January - Whitehead News:
    The Whitehead Development page has been updated with more photographs of the information panels for the Whitehead Railway Museum.
    See also the photo album on Facebook.


    16th January - Sales News:
    A new book has been added to the order form on our Online Shop:
    From The Wilds Of Donegal - A Photographic Tribute to the County Donegal Railways by John Piercy
    Paperback, 26 x 21 cm, 58 b&w photos, 3 maps and diagrams, 78 pages, £12.
    The book features photographs taken by the author on the last day of operation of the fondly remembered 'Wee Donegal' on 31/12/1959, supplemented by pictures from other sources. These portray the Company's famous mixture of steam traction and early diesel railcars. The atmosphere of the system is captured by reprints of tickets, timetables, and Excursion Arrangements hand bills. One of the latter assures potential travellers that 'Pleasure Parties' can be accommodated at Rossnowlagh. The arrangements for extra trains on monthly fair days show how the County Donegal tried to tap every source of traffic. The book is published by the Shalom Habakkuk Trust and proceeds go to help disabled Holocaust survivors.

    11th January - Whitehead News:
    The Whitehead Development page has been updated with an aerial photograph of the new layout at Whitehead.
    See also the photo album on Facebook.


    (Google Maps)

    9th January - Event News:
    On Sunday 8th January a locomotive and carriages were involved in separate transfer operations.
    Locomotive No.4 needs an Irish Rail train radio fitted and the Dublin team are unable to do it, hence a transfer from Dublin to Whitehead.
    The 5 ex Gatwick Express coaches, which have been at Lisburn since 2010, were moved temporarily to Adelaide.

    No.4 safely back in the shed at Whitehead. (A.McKnight)

    112 hauls the RPSI Gatwick coaches past Balmoral. (S.White)

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