Steam locomotives in action this Bank Holiday in Downpatrick

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Credit: Downpatrick and County Down Railway

This Bank Holiday, why not board the steam train at the Downpatrick & County Down Railway.

It makes for a perfect chance to make a trip to Inch Abbey too!

The train is being hauled by a ‘Black Beauty’, an Orenstein & Koppel steam locomotive which is a German-built locomotive that hauled wagons filled with sugar beet during her working life

Hot and cold drinks and snacks will also be served all day on board the buffet train at Inch Abbey station. Also, passengers that are travelling into the town from Inch Abbey the return journey can be made on any of the services.

A trip to the signal cabin, which is fully wheelchair accessible, and the Carriage Gallery visitor centre brings railways to life.

Please note: the museum upstairs in the station building is closed due to a leaky roof.

For the younger train fans, children can enjoy their own ‘Kids’ Station’ in the Gallery, and dress up as a train driver or guard.

Have a look at the steam locomotive at the station, talk to the driver and fireman, and they might event give you a lump of coal to take home!

For that extra treat, why not add on a ‘Footplate Pass’ for just £20. Climb aboard and have a return trip to Inch Abbey in the company of the driver and fireman.

Trains depart from 1pm to 4pm, with all-day tickets costing:

  • Adults: £7.50
  • Children aged 4 and over: £5.50
  • Children aged under 4: FREE!
  • Families (2 adults + up to three kids): £22
  • Concessions (Senior Citizens, students, unemployed etc.): £6.50

Tickets can be purchased online here, or you can buy tickets when you arrive at our station in Downpatrick.

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