Join the Soroptimist 2023 Convention Steam Train Experience for a truly unique experience.
No.85 was built for express passenger trains on the Dublin – Belfast line, the main line which links Ireland’s two biggest cities. Merlin dates from 1932, and is one of the Great Northern Railway (Ireland’s) famous V class 4-4-0s. The V Class were the most celebrated engines designed by George T. Glover, who before became Chief Locomotive Designer for the GNR(I) in 1912 (a position he held until 1933) had worked for England’s North-Eastern Railway. The compound V Class locomotives brought much interest from the railway press when they were built. The first three-cylinder engines in the whole of Ireland, they weighed 103 tons 11 cwt including tender. For the time they were also unusual in having round-topped boilers and Stephenson’s valve gear.
More than 70 years on, Merlin has given pleasure to many people since the official launch of its preservation career in 1986 – and only ever experienced minor mechanical problems. In fact, No.85 is one of the best in the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland stable, but then she is a GNR(I) engine after all!
Take your seat in the fine comfortable coaches, arguably the last traditional Irish carriage design as it winds its way up the north Dublin/Meath/Louth coastline. Share a light meal with fellow passengers (cold plate, wine/tea coffee) and immerse yourself in this unforgettable experience.
Meet in Connolly Train Station for boarding: time TBA – Connolly train station is 10/12minute walk from the CCD
Train Departs: Time TBA
Return to Connolly Station: TBA
Ticket Price Per person: TBA
Includes Steam Train experience and light refreshments.