Spooky Events At The Downpatrick Railway


There’s something wierd happening at the Downpatrick and County Down Railway this Halloween.

There are ghosts on the platforms and ghouls on the train… it can only be the return of the Halloween Ghost Trains!

“Anyone who visits on Halloween weekend is in for a double treat,” said Railway spooksperson, Brian Goodfellow.

[caption id="attachment_59588" align="alignright" width="390"]The ghoul will be saying hello - an d maybe goodbye! - to all the visitors to the Downpatrick railway. The ghoul will be saying hello – and maybe goodbye! – to all the visitors to the Downpatrick railway.[/caption]

He added: “As well as travelling on a ghostly steam train, children who dare to alight at the Forbidden Platform, as well as any brave grown-ups, will be granted an audience with the Great Wizard in his own haunted Grotto train.

“If those who dare to enter Merlin’s domain pass his tests, then the children will receive a mystical gift.

“And of course, why not try to turn the tables and scare Merlin by coming in ghostly fancy dress yourself?”

To add a really scary touch visitors could turn evil with some ghoulish facepainting as well!

So are you brave enough to visit a Viking Graveyard on Halloween night? Well, the train will be stopping at the grave of King Magnus Barefoot on its travels and be warned as ghoulish things rise out of the ground before your eyes!

Doors open on Halloween weekend, with a spooky night time train on Halloween eve and night, Friday 30th and Saturday 31st October from 6pm to 9pm for anyone brave enough to come in the dark – and a daytime train Sunday 1st November, from 2pm till 5pm for those a bit younger or of a nervous disposition.

[caption id="attachment_59587" align="alignleft" width="390"]Will you survive the ghouls at the Viking graveyard? Will you survive the ghouls at the Viking graveyard?[/caption]

Refreshments will be served onboard a buffet carriage at the Loop Platform, and car parking is free.

Tickets are available on the day and cost £6 for Ghoulish Grownups, £8.50 for Little Monsters (children aged 4-17), £5.00 for Tiny Terrors (children ages three or below) (includes visit to Merlin, swag bag as well as train fare), and £5.50 for spooky seniors.

Mr. Goodfellow also reminded visitors to the Downpatrick and County Down Railway about autumn weather. He said: “Don’t forget that this is an outdoor event, so please remember to wrap up well.

“And also keep an eye out for Santa’s visit to the railway this December – details are already online at the railway’s website and facebook page.”

For further information on events – or if you are thinking about joining as a volunteer – log on to the railway’s website at:


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