Waterford Suir Valley Railway has enabled the magic of rail’s golden age to be brought to life in Kilmeadan. A heritage narrow gauge railway runs along 10 kilometres of the abandoned Waterford Dungarvan line.
Generations of the same family worked for the railways with sons and sometimes daughters following in their parent’s footsteps. The railway offered well paid, secure employment, sometimes with accommodation provided, and reasonable chances of promotion. For rural Ireland, the railway network provided a very important link with the outside world as a carrier of news, produce and loved ones.
Educational School Tours
The trip is fun and educational as you learn about the history of the area. Passing sights such as the ruins of Kilmeaden Castle, well preserved lime kilns and the recently discovered site of a very important Viking settlement in Woodstown. Make a wish in the Magic Wood and journey though a 40 metre tunnel under the N25. You also get a glimpse in to the world famous Mount Congreve Gardens.
Younger children will enjoy the excitement of being on a train and relate to the smaller carriages, little diesel engine and narrow gauge track. The 17km round trip takes 50 minutes as the train travels at 16km per hour.
The Sunset Express
Not everything is all about the kids here. Arrive to Kilmeadan Station to enjoy an acoustic music reception while sipping prosecco and indulging in fresh Wexford strawberries. This is followed by a narrow gauge railway journey through the countryside and along the banks of the River Suir, taking in the magnificent views across the river to County Kilkenny. On the return journey sit back and enjoy as the setting sun dances on the water as it reflects on the River Suir.
This is such a wonderful way to experience Waterford Greenway. This is very popular with adult groups, social clubs, hen parties and landmark birthdays as part of the evening celebrations. Romantic couples have celebrated birthdays, anniversaries and even engagements on the Sunset Express over the years.