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August News Letter

August 3rd, 2010

August News Letter

The big news this month is that the steam engine will be running on 5 days each week starting on Monday 3rd. The engine will run on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week until further notice. This reflects the increase in numbers of visitors during the week that has suddenly occurred all of whom are eager to see “Slieve Callan” in full working order.

            A new display of working rolling stock is now in situ – namely, a locomotive and trucks from Bord na Mona illustrating their industrial railway operations.  Soon, it is hoped, this train will prove to be of great use when the track is extended towards the bay as tippler trucks are ideal for ballast-laying. A tanker truck is waiting to be painted and this will provide an ideal track-spraying vehicle during the coming months.

            TG4, the Irish Language TV channel, will be filming at the railway on 9th-11th and Jackie requests that all local farmers be made aware as the film includes an IRA/Black & Tan confrontation c. 1920 which could inflame the old boys and could lead to cold-blooded murder if a fully-equipped Black & Tan is found wandering around the village between “takes”!

            We are delighted to receive this year’s copy of “Railways Restored 2010. 31st. edition.” In which we are described as Ireland’s friendliest railway and the only heritage line where steam can be regularly found in the Republic.

            Looking forward to greeting you!