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Downpatrick/ITG diesel gala on 6th January 2024

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Bookings for this event are now open (yes it's only September but last year's sold out in record time, you have been warned!)

Planned traction for the event is:

  • A class A39R
  • B class 146
  • G class shunter G617
  • 450 class Railcar 458
  • 80 class railcar 90+749 (running, on display only - not carrying passengers)
  • Wickham railcar 713
  • Even a steam loco, back by popular demand - O&K No. 3 will be providing cab rides up and down the loco yard, and may take part in a demonstration run if demand is there.

Trains will use the North Line from Downpatrick to Inch Abbey and the South Line towards Magnus Grave.

The day should feature:

  • At least one out and back run with each locomotive/railcar
  • Some mix-ups and shunts to watch
  • A loco/railcar start-up or two
  • Ballast train with the Irish Rail hoppers
  • Brake van rides
  • Wickham rides
  • Limited and strictly controlled lineside photo/video opportunities

If you're making your own way to Downpatrick book here: https://www.downrail.co.uk/event/dieselgala/


If you're travelling from Dublin, Táilte Tours will be running a coach from Connolly Luas stop (also picking up at Dublin Airport) https://www.tailtetours.com/event-details/downpatrick-diesel-gala-6th-jan-2024-including-bus-transfer-from-dublin. (and trust me, it's cheaper than the regular public transport fares and more direct :) ).

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On 20/9/2023 at 4:13 PM, irishrailways52 said:

cant wait

Even more stock in action this time round... so much for it being a 'mini' gala. :) (and running on two different branches, how many other preserved railways can offer that?).

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