Waterford and Suir Valley Railway

Kilmeadan Station, Kilmeaden, Waterford
Tel:051-384058

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The magic of rails golden age has been brought to life in Kilmeadan, 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. 

Easter Fun - April to June daily from 10am to 4pm. Trips depart on the hour

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.

Summer Magic events every Wednesday and 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

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.

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

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

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

School Tours:
When it’s available from: April to June daily from 10am to 4pm. Trips depart on the hour
A little info about the activity / event: Board the train at Kilmeadan Station; have your ticket checked by the conductor. The guard will blow the whistle and wave the green flag to set off on an exciting journey through the countryside, past the ruins of Kilmeadan Castle and beside the magnificent River Suir. Make a wish when you see the Fairies in the Magic Wood, view four good examples of lime kilns, spot the wildlife along the track. Journey beside the N25, through the 40metre tunnel under the road and on to the toll plaza for the River Suir Bridge. Choose a fun character to meet you at Kilmeadan Station. Receive a pack with fun activities to use back in the classroom. Bring your own packed lunch & dine in our converted railway carriage or at the picnic tables outside.

School Tours:

When it’s available from: April to June daily from 10am to 4pm. Trips depart on the hour

A little info about the activity / event: Board the train at Kilmeadan Station; have your ticket checked by the conductor. The guard will blow the whistle and wave the green flag to set off on an exciting journey through the countryside, past the ruins of Kilmeadan Castle and beside the magnificent River Suir. Make a wish when you see the Fairies in the Magic Wood, view four good examples of lime kilns, spot the wildlife along the track. Journey beside the N25, through the 40metre tunnel under the road and on to the toll plaza for the River Suir Bridge. Choose a fun character to meet you at Kilmeadan Station. Receive a pack with fun activities to use back in the classroom. Bring your own packed lunch & dine in our converted railway carriage or at the picnic tables outside.

What it costs (from): Child group rate €4.00 per child, 1 Teacher/Adult free travelling with every 10 children, Pre – Schools : 1 adult free with every 5 children.
Age Groups Catered for:Suitable for pre-school and Primary School Children

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Opening hours

Monday
11:00 am
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4:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am
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4:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am
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4:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am
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4:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am
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4:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am
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4:00 pm
Sunday
12:00 pm
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5:00 pm

Latitude: 52.245513

Longitude: -7.247554