Monday, 7 May 2012
From railway buffs to children and families looking for a day out, then head to Downpatrick to sample the atmosphere of rail travel at its most traditional, as there’s another chance to catch the train at the Downpatrick & County Down Railway on this year's May Days, Monday 7th May.
After the highly successful Easter ‘Eggs-press’ trains the May Day bank holiday is the perfect chance to take another trip to Inch Abbey or to see the delights of a real train for anyone who did not get the chance at Easter.
Refreshments, at highly competitive rates, will be served all day onboard a buffet carriage parked at Inch Abbey station, and the "Thomas the Tank Engine" model railway will be back as usual, along with a sneak preview of the ongoing work to complete the new "Carriage Gallery".
Upstairs in the station, a new exhibition and artefact display charts the history of the old line which used to run from Belfast to Downpatrick, Newcastle and Ardglass.
If travelling in to the town from Inch Abbey the return journey can be made on any of the services.
Trains run 2pm till 5pm, with ticket costing: adults £5.50 return, £4.50 children and senior citizens, and don't forget that children aged three years old or below go free, and there's no booking.
Or for those a little bit more adventurous, for budding train drivers why not purchase a Footplate Pass for £20 and travel in the locomotive cab? Also available from the ticket office.
For further information and for timetables visit the website at www.downrail.co.uk or follow the railway at www.facebook.com/downrail or @downrail on Twitter.