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Irish Steam Preservation Society

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Stradbally, Co. Laois

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Our railway, the oldest established heritage railway in Ireland, is located in the grounds of Stradbally Hall beside the Rally Field, and Point-to-Point race course.

It was constructed in stages between 1969 and 1982 entirely by voluntary labour. Many of those who participated in this arduous task were full-time permanent-way workers from Coras Iompar Eireann, now Iarnrod Eireann. The track gauge is three feet (914mm), the same as most of the former narrow gauge railways which are firmly embedded in the folklore of the remote areas of Ireland which they once served.

Our passenger trains are hauled by a steam locomotive.


The Steam Museum at The Green, Stradbally, Co. Laois is now open to the public. The society houses many steam, fire and farm engines in the museum. These include a Land Rover Fire Engine which was stationed at Stradbally fire station in approximately 1950. A Guinness loco Engine is also displayed, which was used around the Guinness Brewery streets over 50 years ago and there is even a home-made steam tractor.