Stradbally Woodland Railway
There are several elements to our society. The Railway, the National Rally, the Museum and our Santa Train Experience. The steam engine is Ireland's first carbon-Neutral steam run rail offering.
The Stradbally Woodland Railway opened in 1969 as the first volunteer-run heritage railway on the island of Ireland. Situated in the grounds of the Stradbally Hall estate, the railway stemmed from an earlier idea which saw an original Guinness Brewery steam locomotive steamed while mounted on blocks for the August 1967 National Steam Rally. A short section of 1ft 10½in track was laid for the 1968 event and the engine pulled several small passenger carriages.
In 1969, the line was relaid to 3ft gauge following the arrival of our steam locomotive, the pride of the fleet, 1949-built Andrew Barclay 0-4-0WT No 2/LM44 Róisín. Róisín spent her working life on the bog railways of counties Laois and Offaly for Bord na Móna alongside her sister steam engines, Nos 1 and 3. Róisín has called Stradbally her home for over 50 years and she’s been lovingly cared for by our small but dedicated Irish Steam Preservation Society volunteers since the day she arrived.
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