Enjoy A New Year Run At Downpatrick Railway

Fed up with turkey and ham leftovers from Christmas? Nothing to do after New Year’s Day, knowing that the kids will be bored rigid before going back to school?

Well, this Saturday the Downpatrick & County Down Railway is offering something a little bit different to keep the Holiday Blues away, with their New Year Diesel Specials.

Railway chairman Robert Gardiner said: “Although Santa is gone, mums and dads everywhere are still looking for something to do with the kids instead of watching endless repeats on the television.

Start the New Year with a family trip on Downpatrick Railway.
Start the New Year with a family trip on Downpatrick Railway.

“Downpatrick & County Down Railway is your guaranteed sanctuary from turkey sandwiches,” mused Mr. Gardiner.

The locomotive gracing the rails will be ‘Baby GM’ 141 class locomotive No. 146, a yankee engine built by General Motors in Illinois in 1962.

Mr Gardiner said: “This American baby boomer is one of the last remaining examples of a class that saw service all over Ireland, including the famous ‘Derry Road’ line from Portadown to Dungannon, Omagh and Strabane, giving that line a short-lived taste of the future before it controversial and prematurely closure in 1965.

“We also offering Footplate Passes for £20 a trip on board this locomotive that typified Irish branch line trains for decades”.

Doors open at the Downpatrick & County Down Railway 2pm this Saturday 7 January, and normal train fares apply at £6.00 adults, £4.50 children and senior citizens, and tickets are available on the day or book online at:


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