Waterford & Suir Valley Railway

waterford & suir valley railway

Waterford & Suir Valley Railway brings the golden age of rail travel to life in Kilmeaden, Co Waterford.

A heritage narrow gauge railway follows the route of the abandoned Waterford – Dungarvan route, from the station at Kilmeadan into Gracedieu Junction.

Kilmeadan Station which closed to passengers in 1967 has been beautifully restored with the original coping stones on the platform and the Kilmeadan Station sign. The ticket office / shop / coffee shop is a converted Irish Rail Mark 2 carriage. There are toilet facilities at the station and all the facilities are wheelchair accessible including the train. There is a large car park for coach and car parking.

On boarding the train the conductor checks your tickets and when everyone is safely on board he blows the whistle and the driver pulls away from the station. On the journey experience the beauty of the Suir Valley from a partially opened carriage as you take in the panoramic views of the river and rolling farmland of Waterford and across the river to County Kilkenny. The track runs mostly along the picturesque banks of the River Suir offering a glimpse into the world famous Mount Congreve Gardens and across the river to County Kilkenny. This is an area rich in history and only accessible by train. Children enjoy the Magic Wood. This is a magical glade where Fairies and Leprechauns live happily together. They come out to play and enjoy the sunshine during the day and at night they curl up to sleep in their little houses. Sometimes they can be seen among the trees but you have to look carefully. Make a wish as you pass by. The return trip lasts 40 minutes.

On Saturday’s the trip is extended by 2.5km to journey beside the new N25, then through a 40 meter tunnel under the duel carriageway and on to the toll plaza for the River Suir Bridge. This is a 17km round trip. On Saturday the return journey takes just under an hour.

The rolling stock is a Simplex diesel locomotive that was built to operate in the peat industry and then used when digging out the channel tunnel. The carriages which have both closed in and partially opened seats were specially built for the Waterford & Suir Valley Railway. There is seating capacity for up to 70 passengers.

Waterford & Suir Valley Railway is a community heritage project with charitable status Ref : Chy 13857. It is mainly operated by volunteers with support from people on government-backed job training schemes. It is now one of the most popular tourist attractions in the South East of Ireland. Special events are held throughout the year with updates available on the website.

Schedule : April to September
February & October Mid Term Break – Children Free
December for Santa Trips.

Summer Time Table
April & Sept May to August
Monday to Saturday 11am – 3pm 11am – 4pm
Sunday 12noon – 4pm 12noon – 5pm
Trips depart on the hour.
Bookings taken for school tours, active retirement clubs, social clubs and other groups, otherwise tickets are sold on a first come basis.

Summer Magic events on selected Sundays throughout the summer – Cartoon Characters, Magic Shows and Teddy Bears Picnics. Follow the link for events and dates. http://www.wsvrailway.ie/news21.shtml

Prices
Adult €8.50 Child €4.00 Student/OAP €7.00
Family 1 child €19.00 2 children €21.00 3 children €23.00 4 children €25.00

Directions
From Waterford City take the R680 to Kilmeaden ( 10km). Drive through the village following signs for Cork. Drive straight through the Carrick Road Roundabout. Kilmeadan Station is on the left.
Alternatively take N25 toward Cork. At Carrick Road Roundabout take last exit on to R680. Kilmeadan Station is on the left.
From Cork direction at Carrick Road Roundabout turn left on to R680. Kilmeadan Station is on the left.

On Site Facilities

  • Tea/coffee shop
  • Car park for cars and coaches
  • Toilets
  • Disabled access


Special Events

October/November Mid – Term Break
Open daily for three trips each day at 12noon, 1pm and 2pm – Children Travel FREE

Halloween
Spooky Express Bank Holiday Saturday in October. This event must be pre-booked. Contact the station for availability 051 384058

Santa Express

Contact details :
Waterford & Suir Valley Railway
Kilmeadan Station
Kilmeadan
Co Waterford

Telephone : 051-384058
Email : info@wsvrailway.ie
Web : www.wsvrailway.ie

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