Waterford Suir Valley Railway brings the magic of rails golden age to life in Kilmeadan, Co Waterford. A heritage narrow gauge railway follows the 10km route of the abandoned Waterford – Dungarvan route, from the station at Kilmeadan, Co Waterford to Bilberry in Waterford City running beside the Waterford Greenway.
Kilmeadan Station, closed to passengers in 1967, has been beautifully restored with the original coping stones on the platform and the original Kilmeaden Station sign from 1878. A Mark 2 Railway Carriage serves as the ticket office. The rolling stock includes a Simplex diesel locomotive that was built to operate in the peat industry and later 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 with seating capacity for up to 80 passengers.
On boarding the train, the conductor checks your tickets. When everyone is safely on board, he blows the whistle to set off on an exciting journey beside Waterford Greenway. Travelling at 15km per hour, 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 platform stop at the world-famous Mount Congreve Gardens, giving access to the Gardens. This is an area rich in history.
Children enjoy the Magic Wood, a magical glade where Fairies live. Sometimes they can be seen among the trees but you have to look carefully. Make a wish as you pass by. The scheduled trip Sunday to Friday is a 12km return journey from Kilmeadan to Carriganore lasting 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 dual carriageway and on to the toll plaza for the Thomas Francis Meagher Bridge. This is a 17km round trip. On Saturday the return journey takes just under an hour.
The train stops at Mount Congreve Gardens Platform on the return journey Monday to Saturday. Passengers wishing to visit these famous gardens can disembark and return on a later train. The entry fee to the gardens is paid separately at the Gardens.