Steam train coming down the tracks

There will be some excitement at Clark Station, Dundalk, on Thursday when a train pulled by steam locomotive will stop there on its way from Belfast to Dublin shortly before lunchtime.

There will be some excitement at Clark Station, Dundalk, on Thursday when a train pulled by steam locomotive will stop there on its way from Belfast to Dublin shortly before lunchtime.

The train is part of a weekend excursion organised by the National Railway Preservation Society which will finish at Ennis in County Clare, with members of the local Dundalk Railway Heritage boarding the train at Dundalk.

The engine will be stopping at the No. 1 Platform at Dundalk Station so that the engine can take on water from the old Water Tower that still remains at the top of that platform.

It it due to depart at 12.45 pm when it is hoped that about a dozen railway enthusiasts will be boarding it.

Non-members of either railway society will be be very welcome to come along as sufficient seats have been booked for passengers getting on here.

The cost is e12 for the single trip to Dublin and tickets can be purchased at the Dundalk Ticket Office.

The local Society had hoped that it would be possible to have some children from local school attend to view the old steam engine and coaches, as they have been in touch with at least one local primary school where there is a great interest for the town’s railway history among pupils and teachers.

Railway officials have promised to facilitate the children and their teachers if they are able to come.

The same steam train will be making a return journey to Belfast on the following Monday, May 14 when it is hoped that it will again stop to pick-up passengers from Dundalk who wish to travel on it.

This train will then be making its way to Whitehead in Antrim where the National Society have a works in which enthusiastic members are restoring old rolling stock, including one of the old ‘Bib Blue’ locomotives that used to pull the express trains between Dublin and Belfast up until the 1960s.