Downpatrick Railway Museum

Working museum based on the site of the Downpatrick terminus of the BCDR

Downpatrick Railway Museum is a working museum based on the site of the Downpatrick terminus of the Belfast and County Down Railway.

Visitors can travel through the surrounding countryside on a full sized train, usually a vintage steam locomotive. Passengers may alight at the Magnus’ Grave halt or the Loop platform, and return to Downpatrick on whichever train is most convenient. 

Tours can be organised for anyone wishing to have a look around the work shed, signal cabin and engine shed.

The museum has a number of steam and diesel locomotives on display. Most are operational and owned by the museum. The stock includes a unique prototype railcar on loan from Translink, Northern Ireland’s integrated public
transport operator.

Downpatrick Railway Museum also possesses a collection of carriages and wagons originating from many of Ireland’s railway companies. These include examples from the Belfast and County Down Railway itself, from the Ulster Railway, the Great Northern Railway, London Midland and Scottish Railway (Northern Counties Committee), the Midland Great
Western Railway, Great Southern and Western Railway, Great Southern Railways, Coras Iompair Eireann, and the Ulster Transport Authority (later Northern Ireland Railways). 

Some of these vehicles are in traffic, but others still require restoration. Carriages include a golfers’ first class saloon and travelling post office.   

A shop selling souvenirs, toys and books, and displaying photographs and small artefacts, is located in the station building. A buffet car is located at the Loop platform.

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