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Whitehead, Co. Antrim
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The Railway Preservation Society of Ireland was founded in 1964 by a concerned group of enthusiasts who saw the familiar steam locomotives and branch lines disappearing around them.
Nearly 50 years later and the RPSI is the premier heritage railway operator in Ireland, with 10 preserved steam and 6 diesel locomotives in their care.
Having acquired its first locomotive in 1965, the RPSI moved into its Whitehead, Co. Antrim, headquarters in 1966. It is here that the Society’s major locomotive and carriage refurbishment takes place. Specialist buildings have been erected and a workshop full of specialist equipment acquired, including a travelling overhead crane (of 1897 vintage) and a full forge/smithy. This is all necessary to ensure that the maintenance continues to the very highest quality levels.
There are 40 to 50 dates with mainline operations each year, including the world famous annual International Railtour weekend. Access to all open railways in Ireland ensures that a day out with the RPSI is never repetitive or dull.