The Bushmills Train perched in front of the the scenic county Antrim coast line.

From magical narrow gauge trips to full-on steam train excursions, tracking down great railway experiences in Northern Ireland is a definite boiler stoker.

All aboard the golden age of travel!


Steam Trains Ireland

If you dream of steam, make tracks for Whitehead in County Antrim, one of the top destinations for vintage locomotives on the island of Ireland.

Operated by the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland (RPSI), there is unique collection of over 100 locomotives, along with historic carriages and wagons once used on railway systems throughout Ireland.

Including the famous Portrush Flyer, the RPSI also offers more than 80 distinctive steam train excursions each year – trips to the seaside, journeys with a jazz band and outings for Easter, Christmas and Halloween.

 

Ulster Folk & Transport Museum

There’s a something for everyone at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum in this excellent railway collection housed in the largest single museum gallery space in Ireland.

Steam locomotives, passenger carriages and goods wagons are combined with extensive railway memorabilia, interactive displays and great facilities, including a children's play area.

 

Downpatrick and County Down Railway

With a mix of steam trains, diesel trains and vintage carriages, there's plenty for enthusiasts of all ages at Downpatrick and County Down Railway, this working railway museum and train ride through the beautiful countryside of St Patrick's Heartland.

A ticket office, platform and staff all take you back to bygone days, with the exhibits operated and worked to show the way they were once used. 

 

Drumawhey Junction

The longest miniature railway in Ireland, operating steam, petrol hydraulic, diesel hydraulic and electric locomotives, Drumawhey Miniature Railway is Thomas the Tank Engine heaven.

A station, signal cabin, engine and coach sheds, bridges, cuttings and tunnel offer a great adventure that captures the atmosphere of a full size railway. Operated by the Belfast and County Down Miniature Railway Society, there are also Easter, Halloween and Santa Clause specials.

 

Giant’s Causeway & Bushmills Railway

Take a ride in the ornamental carriages along this historic line, one of the quirkiest ways to arrive at the Giant's Causeway.

The Giant's Causeway & Bushmills Railway provides a link between the ‘whiskey’ town of Bushmills and the famous columns of the World Heritage Site. The narrow gauge line runs through outstanding scenery along the track bed of the former Giant's Causeway Tram.

 

Headhunters Barber Shop and Railway Museum

History lives on at this surprising venue at Headhunters Barber Shop and Railway Museum, an old barber’s shop in Enniskillen, where a treasure trove of railway memorabilia brings the golden age of the railway vividly to life.

Starting at a reconstructed booking office, where a ticket collector invites you to step on board, it recreates railway travel through Fermanagh and the border counties until the closure of the lines in 1957.

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