Come and join our spooky team and ‘The Cracked Spoon Theatre Company’ for a good scare on the Sliabh Callan Steam Engine.
It is called the season of mellow fruitfulness and so it has turned out in west Clare. The sun still generally shines and the heavy rain, strong winds and greyness have been kept at bay leaving all here feeling lively and interested in the future. Tourists are still here and visiting the railway. Many are from the UK with the occasional Australian and European but the majority are from Ireland touring the west instead of chasing the sun in far off climes.
The weather certainly assisted the engineering staff of the WCR who excelled themselves in their new…
August turned out to be a month of contrasts. The weather improved steadily throughout and families on holiday were encouraged to come out in droves. However, a failure on one of the steam engine’s injectors caused a week’s “diesel-only” services much to everyone’s disappointment.
We also received two complaints from mothers keen to entertain their children at the railway! It was important to point out to them that our business is not that of a fairground ride but that of a museum designed to celebrate the history of the original railway, its impact on the society of…
We are open through the month of September.
We will be open from 11 am to 5 pm Monday to Saturday & 12 pm to 5 pm on Sundays.
We will be closing September 30th.
We will re-open for the arrival of Santa Claus in December.
Please contact us for Santa Bookings.
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,…
Steam days over the August Bank Holiday weekend : Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Sliabh Callan pulls out at 12 pm.
It is a pity from our point of view that schools have now broken up for the summer holidays. The success of our school visit promotion has kept the railway very busy this month with only Richard, the fireman, complaining of 5 o’clock starts to raise steam. Even he enjoys the delight and enthusiasm shown in the smiles of the children and a rasher sandwich with cup of tea soon shuts him up! This is definitely a “market” that the railway will continue to follow and develop in the future.
Stephen, driver & fitter, has begun a program…
New Steam Days: Sunday, Monday & Tuesday. Times: 12 pm to 5pm
Diesel Trains will operate on the other days. Times: 10am to 5 pm
Other Steam days can be arranged for groups on request.
but, like the swan calmly swimming on the water, the feet are working at tremendous rate beneath that surface.