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Upcoming Trains & Events
(Updated 22/2/2017)

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

Details & Full Programme.
Whitehead - 50 Years and Counting
Wednesday 8th March

Charles Friel recalls the RPSI's first 50 years at Whitehead Excursion Station and outlines how Society volunteers developed Ireland's last steam shed into a heavy engineering centre, loco and carriage maintenance base and a train operating depot. Plus a glimpse of Whitehead's evolution into a working museum with visitor access and a preview of what the visitor can experience very soon and how you can play a part in these exciting developments.

The Midlander
Sunday 19th March

Dublin to Maynooth & return

Banish those winter blues and look forward to spring!

Why not start your year of steam travel with a trip alongside the picturesque canal to on Ireland's Midland line?

A chance to mark Saint Patrick's weekend in fine style.

Train 1
Arr
Dep
Dublin Connolly
--
10:50
Maynooth11:3012:00
Dublin Connolly12:40
--

Train 2
Arr
Dep
Dublin Connolly
--
14:00
Maynooth14:3515:05
Dublin Connolly15:45
--

Fares: Adult €14, 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
Marble Tribesman Diesel Railtour
Saturday 8th April

Dublin - Galway - Kildare - Kilkenny - Dublin

To continue fund-raising for the restoration of our 121 and 141 locomotives, we are pleased to announce the next diesel railtour. It will include Galway and Kilkenny and will feature requested 071 class haulage with several locomotive changes.

The tour will depart from Dublin and head west to Galway. Following a break in Galway for over an hour, the train will return east to Kildare (loco change) before heading south to Kilkenny (loco change). A smart return from Kilkenny will get the train back to Dublin. Several photo stops along the route will also be a feature on the day.

All proceeds from this railtour will go directly to the continuation of restoration work currently underway with B141 and 134.

Since the arrival of the locomotives at the RPSI shed in Dublin Connolly a lot of work has been undertaken on them. Both have successfully started in preservation and now also work in multiple. To continue the work it needs your help, so please support this railtour and the prospect of seeing our 121 and 141 locomotives back at the head of our trains will become a reality.

Arr
Dep
Dublin Connolly
--
08:15
Dublin Connolly20:30
--

Fare: £55 / €60

Postal Booking Form

Easter Eggspress

Easter Monday, 17th April
Easter Tuesday, 18th April

Belfast - Whitehead & return

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
Arr
Dep
Belfast Central
--
11:30
Whitehead Excursion12:2012:55
Belfast Central13:45
--

Train 2
Arr
Dep
Belfast Central
--
14:30
Whitehead Excursion15:2015:55
Belfast Central16:45
--

Tickets: £13 (One fare for all)

Book Tickets Online

Tickets may 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
Shannon & Suir International Railtour Weekend
4th May - 9th May 2017

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, Ennis, Kilkenny, Limerick, Waterford, Whitehead.

Fringe Events (Single Day Fares)

Positioning runs, diesel-haulage to Killarney, heritage tour by coach from Belfast.

Outline times now available

International Railtour Page (for full details)

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.



Some Useful Information


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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.

Please don't email us or send Facebook/Twitter messages asking when tickets go on sale - this page gets updated with that information as soon as we know ourselves.

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

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

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Programme Of Public Trains (2017)
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?
March
19
Sun
"The Midlander": Dublin - Maynooth & return (x2) 4
April
8
Sat
"Marble Tribesman": Dublin - Galway - Kildare - Kilkenny - Dublin Diesel
 
17
Mon
"Dublin Riviera": Dublin - Greystones & return (x2) 461
 
17
Mon
"Easter Eggspress": Belfast - Whitehead & return (x2)
 
18
Tue
"Easter Eggspress": Belfast - Whitehead & return (x2)
 
30
Sun
"Western Gateway": Dublin - Tullamore & return
Tullamore - Athlone & return
4
May
4
Thu
"Shannon & Suir": Whitehead - Belfast - Dublin 85
 
5
Fri
"South Kerry": Dublin - Killarney - Dublin Diesel
 
6
Sat
"Shannon & Suir": Dublin - Athenry - Ennis - Limerick 85/4
 
7
Sun
"Shannon & Suir": Limerick - Waterford - Kilkenny - Dublin 4/85
 
8
Mon
"Shannon & Suir": Dublin - Belfast - Whitehead 85
 
28
Sun
"Howth 170": Dublin - Howth
Howth - Dublin & return (x2)
4
June
4
Sun
"Steam Enterprise": Belfast - Dublin & return
 
9
Fri
"Steam & Jazz": Belfast - Mystery Destination & return
 
23
Fri
"Steam & Jazz": Belfast - Mystery Destination & return
 
25
Sun
"Midsummer Special": Belfast - Bangor & return
 
30
Fri
"Steam & Jazz": Belfast - Mystery Destination & return
July
7
Fri
"Steam & Jazz": Belfast - Mystery Destination & return
August
5
Sat
"Whitehead Festival": Whitehead Train Rides
 
25
Fri
"Steam & Jazz": Belfast - Mystery Destination & return
September
9
Sat
"East Coaster": Belfast - Dublin - Rosslare & return Diesel
24
Sun
"70th Anniversary Enterprise": Belfast - Dublin (non-stop) & return
October
29
Sun
"Broomstick Belle": Belfast - Whitehead & return (x2)
November
25
Sat
"Victorian Street Fair": Whitehead steam train rides
December
2
Sat
"Santa Special": Belfast - Whitehead & return (x2)
 
3
Sun
"Santa Special": Belfast - Whitehead & return (x3)
 
9
Sat
"Santa Special": Belfast - Whitehead & return (x2)
 
10
Sun
"Santa Special": Portadown - Lisburn & return (x2)
 
16
Sat
"Santa Special": Belfast - Whitehead & return (x2)
 
17
Sun
"Santa Special": Belfast - Whitehead & return (x3)
 
23
Sat
"Santa Special": Belfast - Whitehead & return (x2)

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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