Limerick the destination for Irish railway preservation society’s signature railtour

THE Railway Preservation Society of Ireland has released the preliminary itinerary for its 48th annual May multi-day railtour, which this year will be taking a circular route from Dublin to Limerick.

A contender for the RPSI’s May tour perhaps? GNR(I) ‘Q’ class 4-4-0 No. 131 is paired with its newly constructed tender for the first time at Whitehead on December 11. The locomotive returned to steam a year ago, but has been awaiting the completion of its own tender before it can join the society’s main line fleet. MARK WALSH

Events kick off on May 4 with a steam-hauled positioning move to bring both passengers (in the Mk2 set) and GNR(I) ‘V’ class 4-4-0 No. 85 Merlin from the society’s Northern Ireland base at Whitehead down to Dublin.

Merlin will join LMS-NCC 2-6-4T No. 4 in the RPSI’s Dublin shed for prepping as an Irish Rail Class 071 works the ‘South Kerry Railtour’ the next day.

Article continues below...

Enjoy more Railway reading in the monthly magazine.
Click here to subscribe & save.

Read more in January’s issue of The RM

Subscribe to The Railway Magazine Enjoy more of The Railway Magazine reading every month. Click here to subscribe.