There’s another chance to catch the steam train at the Downpatrick and County Down Railway on this year’s May bank holiday Monday 26 May.
Railway chairman John Wilson said whether we are having roasting “exam weather” when you can take a leisurely stroll up to the ruins of Inch Abbey after the steam train ride, or even if those May showers don’t go away, you can still watch the rain dribbling down a vintage railway carriage window as you’re safely inside in the dry travelling through the County Down countryside.
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Have a family day out at Downpatrick railway on the May bank holiday.[/caption]
He said: “And as well as fun for the children, mums and dads also get the chance to experience rail travel at its most traditional, as passengers will be able to taste the elegance of by-gone railway travel on fifty to one hundred year old carriages through the picturesque County Down countryside along nearly two miles of restored track.
“Warm teas and coffees, as well as lots of buns, at highly competitive rates, will be served all day onboard a buffet carriage parked at Inch Abbey statio. If travelling into the town from Inch Abbey, the return journey can be made on any of the services.
“A trip to the station museum and the new Carriage Gallery visitor centre brings the golden age of the railway vividly to life and looks at the impact that the railways had on people’s lives through artefacts from the smallest such as a ticket in the upstairs exhibition… or the largest such as lovingly restored railway carriages in the Carriage Gallery and the stark contrast of the wrecks these vehicles once were when rescued.
“For the younger train fans, children can enjoy their own Kids’ Station in the Gallery, and dress up as a train driver or guard, or can get to drive Thomas the Tank Engine on a model railway – or will they let the ‘big kids have a go too?”
“For those a little more adventurous, and perhaps live out a childhood dream, you can buy a Footplate Pass for just £20 and get to travel up in the locomotive cab with the driver, or why not pre-book these in advance for someone special’s birthday treat?
Tickets cost £5.50 adults, £4.50 children and senior citizens, whilst children aged below three years old go free! A family ticket is only £18.
Parking is available at both Inch Abbey and Downpatrick Stations,” said John Wilson, “and there’s no need to book and for further information on events – or if you are thinking about joining as a volunteer contact the Downpatrick Tourist Information Centre on 028 4461 2233.”
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