October Mid-Term Break

Over the past 18 years, on 1st September, we would traditionally start taking bookings for the Spooky Express. Due to Covid 19 we have sadly made the decision not to operate the Spooky Express, however we will use the props we have built over the years to create a spooky atmosphere at Kilmeadan Station and along the route beside Waterford Greenway during Oct mid-term break.

We will all miss working with Tom and Fiona O’Neill and their family and friends as they come up with a theme for the Spooky Express. This would then dictate the props that were made by Romina Germani and the Waterford Suir Valley Railway maintenance crew. Tony Colfer would record the scary story to set the the tone for the evening and the score for the train was good fun to put together but a challenge to improve on previous years. Fiona spent the month of October making the costumes for the evening. On the day of the event it was all hands on deck led by James Kelly, Romina Germani and Marie Reade, putting the props in place, setting up the sound and lighting and getting the cast in their positions down the track. Noel O’Sullivan drove all six trains on the night for the past two years with our fabulous volunteer drivers taking turns doing rear guard and helping out at Kilmeadan Station. At the end of the night a very tired but happy cast and crew were collected by train at 10pm.

This year October will be a very different one for everyone. We will however set up some of our Spooky Express props along the Waterford Greenway between Kilmeadan Station and the Magic Wood. If you are out enjoying the Waterford Greenway during mid-term please watch out for the Spooky props along the route.

The railway has had to close under the Level 3 Covid 19 Restrictions until 27th October. All going well it will reopen from Wednesday 28th October to the 1st November. You will then enjoy the 40 minute scenic journey daily, on the hour from 11am to 3pm Wednesday to Saturday and 12noon to 4pm on Sunday 1st November with protocols in place for Covid 19. Tickets can be booked on line from our website or call the crew at Kilmeadan Station on 051 384058.

The Whistlestop Café at Kilmeadan Station is open for a well deserved break from your walk and cycle. Waterford Suir Valley Railway also provide clean toilet facilities on the Waterford Greenway at Kilmeadan Station.

Happy Halloween and Stay Safe from all the Waterford Suir Valley Railway crew.

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