All aboard in Stradbally

The sights, sounds and smells of an authentic coal fired steam train ride will be available to all in Stradbally this Bank Holiday weekend.

The sights, sounds and smells of an authentic coal fired steam train ride will be available to all in Stradbally this Bank Holiday weekend.

The public can catch a train between 1.30 and 4.30 on Sunday and Monday, June 3 and 4. The entrance is from Main Street, and will be signposted. The 1km ride will take travellers through the private woodland surrounding Stradbally Hall estate.

The narrow gauge steam train ride is run by a team of volunteers who have operated and maintained the line since 1969, making it the longest established Heritage Railway in Ireland. A 1949 Barclay steam locomotive will be in operation on the day. Fares are €6 for adults and €2 for children.

Memorabilia such as specialist transport books will be on sale for enthusiasts, and if the sun shines, music will be provided by a German Busker organ.

Visitors are also encouraged to take a trip to the Stradbally Steam Museum on the day.