Steam locomotives from the 1920s and 30s, and diesels from the 60s, pull 50 to 100-year-old carriages from Downpatrick town centre across the River Quoile towards the 12th century remains of Inch Abbey.
Back at base, the Carriage Gallery, Ireland’s only dedicated carriage museum, tells the story of Northern Ireland's railways from the 19th century to today. Historic carriages, artefacts and artwork sit alongside audio-visuals explaining the history and heritage of this definitive railway era.
And, if all that nostalgia has you hooked, you can book a day's footplate experience and have a go at driving your very own steam engine. Or hire a steam or diesel train, or buffet carriage at the station, for a party with a difference.
Hop on-board at their town centre station beside Downpatrick's gleaming St. Patrick’s Centre. For more details on all trips, tel. (+44) (0)28 4461 5779 or visit www.downrail.co.uk.
Hallowe'en Ghost Trains
October 26 & 27 from 2pm to 5pm and 31 from 6pm to 9pm
Meet Merlin the Magician on board his haunted Ghost Train as it travels out to the haunted graveyard! Children receive a present, if they can get past the Ghosts... Tickets: Child £8, Adult £6, U3 & Seniors £4.50.
The Lapland Express
Every Sat & Sun from 30 Nov - 22 Dec
Meet Santa Claus on board his steam train and have a one-to-one meeting with the man of the moment. Children's entry dependent on being good throughout the year! Plus Mince Pie Specials on New Year's Day. Check ahead for train times and ticket prices.