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.  

Meet the Easter Bunny in 2018 at Waterford & Suir Valley Railway

For a fun family day out this Easter, visit the Waterford & Suir Valley Railway to meet the Easter Bunny.

  • Easter Saturday 31st March 11am to 4pm,
  • Easter Sunday 1st April 12noon to 4pm
  • Bank Holiday Monday 2nd April 12noon to 4pm

The Easter Bunny will be at Kilmeadan Station to greet you on arrival and wave you off on the train. You can even have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny.

Board the train at Kilmeadan Station, hear the whistle blow and take off on an exciting journey through the countryside, taking in panoramic views of the River Suir, get a glimpse in to Mount Congreve Gardens, make a wish as you pass through the Fairy Wood and on to Carriganore beside Waterford Greenway.  The train journey travelling at 15km per hour lasts 40 minutes. Saturday’s trip is 10 minutes longer. Come prepared with a jacket if you want to sit in the open carriages. Enclosed carriage seating also available. This is a fun experience for all ages and all facilities are suitable for wheelchairs

Trains depart the station on the hour. We do not take advance bookings so come early before the hour you want to travel to get your tickets.

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. 

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