Train Dates for 2019.

(Note: Belfast LP = Belfast Lanyon Place; Belfast GVS = Belfast Great Victoria Street; ECS = Empty Coaching Stock; LE = Light Engine; GM = Railway company diesel locomotive; Whitehead generally means the RPSI's own Whitehead Excursion Station.)

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Date Train/Operation Loco Itinerary/Route Special Notes
16/03
St Patrick’s Steam Saturday
131
Whitehead Train Rides  
18/03
Midlander
85
Dublin Connolly - Maynooth & return (x2)  
06/04 Guinness 100 Steam Saturday 3BG Whitehead Train Rides Celebration of locomotive’s centenary.
07/04 Braking Trials 131 Whitehead Belfast LP - Antrim - Belfast LP - Whitehead Trials to test braking for 70mph running.
13/04 West Awake Diesel Dublin Connolly - Ballina - Claremorris - Westport - Dublin Connolly Double-headed 071 from Dublin to Claremorris and return.
20/04 Easter Eggspress 131 ECS: Whitehead - Belfast LP
Belfast LP - Whitehead & return (x2)
ECS: Belfast LP - Whitehead
 
22/04 Easter Eggspress 131 ECS: Whitehead - Belfast LP
Belfast LP - Whitehead & return (x2)
ECS: Belfast LP - Whitehead
 
22/04 Easter Eggstravaganza 85 Dublin Connolly - Wicklow
Wicklow - Greystones & return (x2)
Wicklow - Dublin Connolly
 
27/04
Steam Saturday
131
Whitehead Train Rides  
28/04 Engine Transfer 85 Dublin Connolly - Whitehead  
09/05 Waterford & Limerick 85 Whitehead - Belfast - Dublin Connolly  
10/05 Knocknarea Diesel Dublin Connolly - Sligo & return  
11/05 Waterford & Limerick 85 GM: Dublin Connolly - M3 Parkway - Dublin Connolly
85: Dublin - Kilkenny - Waterford
No.85 had a defective brake block so a diesel worked the morning turn to allow a replacement to be fitted.
12/05 Waterford & Limerick Diesel Waterford - Limerick & return  
13/05 Waterford & Limerick 85 Waterford - Lavistown Loop - Dublin Connolly - Belfast - Whitehead  
16/05 Engine Transfer 85 Whitehead - Dublin Connolly  
25/05 Steam Saturday 3BG Whitehead Train Rides  
26/05 Sea Breeze 85 Dublin Connolly - Wexford
Wexford - Rosslare & return
Wexford - Dublin Connolly
 
14/06 Steam & Jazz 131 Whitehead - Belfast LP - Lisburn - Whitehead - Carrickfergus - Belfast LP - Whitehead  
16/06 Dublin Riviera 85 Dublin-Bray
Bray-Wicklow & return (x2)
Bray-Dublin
 
21/06 Steam & Jazz 131 Whitehead - Belfast LP - Lisburn - Whitehead - Carrickfergus - Belfast LP - Whitehead  
28/06 Steam & Jazz 131 Whitehead - Belfast LP - Lisburn - Whitehead - Carrickfergus - Belfast LP - Whitehead  
29/06 Steam Saturday 131 Whitehead Train Rides  
05/07 Steam & Jazz 4 Whitehead - Belfast LP - Lisburn - Whitehead - Carrickfergus - Belfast LP - Whitehead  
06/07 Steam Saturday 4 Whitehead Train Rides  
07/07 Sea Breeze 85 Dublin Connolly - Gorey No.85 failed at Gorey on the outward trip.
12/07 Engine Transfer 85 Gorey - Dublin Connolly No.85 towed back to Connolly by GM 207.
13/07 Steam Saturday 4 Whitehead Train Rides  
20/07 Steam Saturday 3BG Whitehead Train Rides  
21/07 The Boyne 85 Dublin Connolly - Drogheda
Drogheda - Dundalk & return
Drogheda – Skerries Loop & return
Drogheda - Dublin Connolly
 
27/07 Steam Saturday 3BG Whitehead Train Rides  
03/08 Steam Saturday 3BG Whitehead Train Rides  
04/08 Rockin’ Food Festival 85 Dublin - Dundalk & return The trip to Enniscorthy and Rosslare had to be diverted because of signalling problems south of Dublin.
04/08 Portrush Flyer 4 Whitehead - Belfast LP - Coleraine
NIR: Coleraine - Portrush & return
Coleraine - Belfast LP - Whitehead
Signalling restrictions mean use of NIR connection on the branch.
10/08 Steam Saturday 3GB Whitehead Train Rides  
11/08 Portrush Flyer 4 Whitehead - Belfast LP - Coleraine
NIR: Coleraine - Portrush & return
Coleraine - Belfast LP - Whitehead
Signalling restrictions mean use of NIR connection on the branch.
17/08 Steam Saturday 3BG Whitehead Train Rides  
18/08 Portrush Flyer 131 Whitehead - Belfast LP - Coleraine
NIR: Coleraine - Portrush & return
Coleraine - Belfast LP - Whitehead
Signalling restrictions mean use of NIR connection on the branch.
23/08 Steam & Jazz 4 Whitehead - Belfast LP - Lisburn - Whitehead - Carrickfergus - Belfast LP - Whitehead  
24/08 Marble City 85 Dublin - Kilkenny & return  
24/08 Steam Saturday 4 Whitehead Train Rides  
25/08 Engine Transfer 4 Whitehead - Dublin Connolly  
30/08 Steam & Jazz 131 Whitehead - Belfast LP - Lisburn - Whitehead - Carrickfergus - Belfast LP - Whitehead  
31/08 Steam Saturday 131 Whitehead Train Rides  
06/09 Steam Dreams 85 Dublin - Killarney  
07/09 Steam Dreams 4, 85 4 LE: Dublin - Limerick
85: Killarney - Mallow - Cork - Mallow - Killarney
 
08/09 Charter: Herbert Smyth Freehills 3BG Whitehead Train Rides  
08/09 Steam Dreams 85, 4 85: Killarney - Limerick Junction
GM: Limerick Junction - Limerick
4: Limerick - Athenry - Galway
85 LE: Limerick Junction - Dublin
No.85 failed near Sallins with a stuck brake. It was towed back to Dublin.
09/09 Steam Dreams 4 LE: Galway - Athlone - Westport  
10/09 Steam Dreams 4 GM: Galway - Athlone - Westport
4: Westport - Athlone - Galway
 
11/09 Steam Dreams 4 Galway - Dublin  
14/09 European Heritage Open Day 131 Whitehead Train Rides  
16/09 Engine Transfer 85 Dublin Connolly - Whitehead  
22/09 Charter: Joe O’Reilly Tours 4 Dublin - Greystones
LE: Greystones - Dublin
 
28/09 Volunteers Open Day 3BG Whitehead Train Rides  
29/09 Steam Enterprise 85 Belfast - Dublin & return  
05/10 Cobh Rambler Diesel Dublin - Cork - Cobh - Mallow - Killarney - Dublin 078 and 232 were the double-headed motive power.
25/10 Engine Transfer 85 Whitehead - Dublin  
26/10 Steam Saturday 131 Whitehead Train Rides  
26/10 Haunted Express 85 Dublin Connolly - Drogheda
Drogheda - Dundalk & return
Drogheda – Skerries Loop & return
Drogheda - Dublin Connolly
 
27/10 Broomstick Belle 131 ECS: Whitehead - Belfast LP
Belfast LP - Whitehead & return (x2)
ECS: Belfast LP - Whitehead
 
28/10 Haunted Express 85 Dublin Connolly - Maynooth & return (x2)  
30/10 Engine Transfer 4 Dublin - Whitehead  
09/11 Model Railway Day 3BG Whitehead Train Rides  
30/11 Victorian Street Fair 131 Whitehead Train Rides  
30/11 Santa Special 85, Diesel Dublin Connolly - Maynooth & return (x3) 2 steam then 1 planned diesel.
01/12 Santa Special 85 Dublin Connolly - Maynooth & return (x2)  
01/12 Santa Special 131 ECS: Whitehead - Belfast LP
Belfast LP - Whitehead & return (x2)
ECS: Belfast LP – Whitehead
 
07/12 Santa Special 85, Diesel Dublin Connolly - Maynooth & return (x3) 2 steam then 1 planned diesel.
07/12 Santa Special 131 ECS: Whitehead - Belfast LP
Belfast LP - Whitehead & return (x2)
ECS: Belfast LP – Whitehead
 
08/12 Santa Special 85 Dublin Connolly - Maynooth & return (x3)  
08/12 Santa Special 131 ECS: Whitehead - Belfast LP
Belfast LP - Whitehead & return (x2)
ECS: Belfast LP – Whitehead
 
14/12 Santa Special 85, Diesel Dublin Connolly - Maynooth & return (x3)  2 steam then 1 planned diesel.
14/12 Santa Special Diesel Belfast LP - Whitehead & return (x2) No.131 suffered a signalling equipment failure so a CAF railcar deputised.
15/12 Santa Special 85, Diesel Dublin Connolly - Maynooth & return (x3) 2 steam then 1 planned diesel.
15/12 Santa Special 131 ECS: Whitehead - Portadown
Portadown - Lisburn (x2)
ECS: Portadown - Whitehead
 
21/12 Santa Special 131 ECS: Whitehead - Belfast LP
Belfast LP - Whitehead & return (x2)
ECS: Belfast LP – Whitehead
 
22/12 Santa Special 131 ECS: Whitehead - Belfast LP
Belfast LP - Whitehead & return (x2)
ECS: Belfast LP – Whitehead