Railway Preservation Society of Ireland
Whitehead Excursion Station
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The RPSI was formed in 1964 to preserve in working order steam locomotives and other rolling stock built for the Irish railway system, from 1850 to the present day.
The RPSI maintains a museum at Whitehead and operates steam-hauled excursions over the present day Irish railway network for families and enthusiasts.
The Society is a not-for-profit charity managed by volunteers. All funds from ticket sales, shop sales, membership fees or donations go directly to keeping Ireland's steam railway heritage operating for future generations.
Transport heritage site, Association or society
The RPSI (marketed as Steam Trains Ireland) operates mainline steam trains for the general public through the year. We hold open days at our Whitehead engineering base on selected weekends during the summer months. Full details can be found on our website at www.steamtrainsireland.com/events
See website for admission charges.
The Railway Preservation Society of Ireland was formed in 1964 to preserve in working order steam locomotives and other rolling stock built for the Irish railway system, from 1850 to the present day.
The RPSI maintains, for the benefit of the public, a museum at Whitehead to advance the understanding and appreciation of the history and operation of railways in Ireland.
It aims to do so by collecting, recording, conserving and displaying appropriate examples of locomotives, carriages and associated material. It also aims to make such material as accessible as possible to the public through providing steam-hauled excursions over the present day Irish railway network to illustrate the workings of steam locomotives and the style of travel in the heyday of Irish railways.
The RPSI aims to
• To develop and operate the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland site at Whitehead as an open-air railway museum.
• To collect, preserve, operate and maintain a collection concerning the history of steam locomotives and other rolling stock built for the Irish railway system.
• To educate of the public in the history and development of railways in Ireland through display and through preservation in working order and operation of railway locomotives and other railway vehicles and equipment.
• To provide public access to our exhibits and workshops.
• To research, collate and tell the history of Whitehead regarding its development by the Belfast and Northern Counties Railway Company as a dormitory town for Belfast and a destination for summer excursion trains.