The Waterford & Suir Valley Railway is a voluntary, community project. It opened to the public in June 2003 as a tourist attraction. The company was set up to develop one of Waterford's abandoned railway lines as a tourist attraction. Following a feasibility study the decision was made to develop the section of the abandoned Waterford to Dungarvan line from Kilmeadan to Waterford City. With the support of FAS, Waterford City & County Enterprise Boards, Waterford Leader Partnership, Iárnrod Eireann, Waterford Chamber of Commerce, local business and the people of Waterford a narrow gauge track was laid from Kilmeadan to Bilberry, out side Waterford City.
In June 2003 the Waterford & Suir Valley Railway opened to the public offering a 40 minute trip on a narrow gauge railway along the banks of the River Suir from Kilmeadan Station to Carriganore. This is a very scenic route with views of the rolling farmland of Waterford and across the river to County Kilkenny and a glimpse into Mount Congreve Gardens. A converted Irish Rail railway carriage serves as the ticket office, shop and coffee shop at the station. There is a large car park for cars and buses and all facilities are wheelchair friendly.
The Waterford & Suir Valley Railway is a registered charity. The railway is wholly owned by the community, run by a voluntary Board of Directors. The tourist attraction has a full time manager and ticket office staff. The train is operated by volunteer crew with the support of a mechanic, Mick Doyle and driver / maintenance man, Tosh Smith. The train schedule is hourly between 11am and 4pm Monday to Saturday and 12noon to 5pm on Sunday.
Pádraig O'Griofa, Chairman of the Waterford & Suir Valley Railway said "Welcoming the 100,000th visitor is yet another landmark date for the company. Improvements are made each year to the service provided but the ultimate objective is to extend the track into Waterford City and operate a commuter service on a rail bus from the city to service future facilities along the route including the Water Haven development at Bilberry, Waterford Institute of Technology at Carriganore, Woodstown Viking Site, Mount Congreve Gardens and Kilmeadan Station."
For any further information on the tourist attraction or to become involved as a volunteer please contact the station on 051 384058.