Celebrating 20 years in 2023
We are delighted to announce Waterford Suir Valley Railway is open for the 2023 season. The company is celebrating 20 years in operation. It first opened to the public in 2003.
Step back in time to 1878, check in at the ticket office, a converted Mark 11 railway carriage at the beautifully restored Kilmeadan Station. Chat to the friendly train drivers while being escorted to a private compartment on the train. Hear the whistle blow as the train departs on a nostalgic journey through Waterford’s Suir Valley, an area rich in history and only accessible by train and Waterford Greenway.
Travelling at a gentle pace, enjoy wonderful views through partially open carriages of the river Suir and the rolling Waterford and Kilkenny countryside. A brief stop at the Magic Woods is a highlight for the children with a chance to make a wish as they spot the fairies while adults may prefer the glimpse in to the award-winning Mount Congreve Gardens. Learn how this social enterprise, celebrates the rich history of rail and preserves it for future generations to enjoy.
The Saturday trip is extended by 2.5km to journey beside the new N25, then through the 40 meter Dan Donovan tunnel under the N25 duel carriageway and on to the toll plaza for the Thomas Francis Meagher Bridge. This is a 17km round trip. This journey is on Saturday only when the return journey takes just under an hour.
You can now book your tickets online www.wsvrailway.ie/book-tickets/ Alternatively call 051 384058 or get your tickets at Kilmeadan Station on the day.
The train carriages are divided into compartments. The compartments are named after the original stations along the route of the abandoned Waterford, Dungarvan & Lismore Railway.
The Whistlestop Café is the perfect stop on Waterford Greenway for refreshments and snacks. Enjoy Blue Butterfly Coffee, a selection of hot and cold teas, smoothies, Kilmeaden Bake’s treats, Market Stall Sandwiches and ice cream.
When you visit the railway or Waterford Greenway please take the time to read the Story of Rail storyboards around Kilmeadan Station. They tell the story of Ireland’s rich railway heritage.