All aboard for the steam train to Bangor

THE Railway Preservation Society of Ireland will be starting its mid-summer steam train season by offering the people of Lisburn a unique and stylish way to travel to Bangor for the afternoon this Saturday, May 26.

Passengers on this year’s Bangor Belle Steam Train will be able to experience the thrill of steam train travel from the Titanic era.

It is hoped that the locomotive at the head of the train will be No.461, built in Manchester and which will celebrate its 90th birthday this year. It has only just returned to operation following an 11 year restoration, largely carried out by volunteers at the Society engineering workshops at Whitehead.

The Bangor Belle Steam Train will be its first passenger train from Lisburn since returning to traffic.

A series of evening “Steam and Jazz” trains on 8th, 15th and 22nd June and 6th July, with the Apex Jazz Band on-board, make up the rest of the mid-summer steam train calendar. Tickets are already on sale for these popular trains, so get your dancing shoes and straw boaters ready!

The Bangor Belle departs Lisburn at 14:25. The return departure from Bangor is at 17:40. Tickets (Adult £14, Child £12) Steam and Jazz trains start from Belfast Central at 19:20 and tickets cost £24 per person. All tickets are available only from Belfast Welcome Centre at 47 Donegall Place, Belfast