The Dundalk Rail Heritage Society organised a great trip on a steam train from Dundalk last weekend.
The classic steam locomotive was all set to take passengers from Clarke Station in Dundalk on a onderful excursion to Whitehead in county Antrim but unfortunately the great old engine broke down in Dundalk and couldn’t make the journey north.
However it was replaced with a diesel locomotive so passengers were not disappointed as they could still make their trip to Whitehead and an enjoyable day was had by all.
The interest in this outing was so strong it was booked out well in adavnce.
Since its formation the society has held many outings.
One of its first excursions was to the site of the Great Armagh railway disaster. This was a railway accident at a place called Mullinure, just a couple miles outside Armagh city, along the Armagh-Goraghwood railway line, where two trains were in collision at a steep embankment and, as a result, 89 people eventually died and over 400 were injured.
It was particularly tragic because many of the victims were children.
This was a railway accident that had the highest fatality rate ever in Ireland and the worst anywhere in the world up to that time and for many years afterwards.