Full steam ahead!
The Emerald Isle Explorer, a 90-year old locomotive made a pit stop in Cork’s Kent station yesterday as part of a nation-wide trip.
The train, which was originally bailed back in 1933 and had previously been used to ferry workers between Dublin and Belfast before WW2 has been carefully restored by volunteer workers and has taken over 10 years to get it back to its former glory.
The locomotive can now hold up to 200 passengers and is used for nationwide tours – yesterdays arrival was part of the Steam Dreams 9-day tour across Ireland, having previously stopped off in Killarney, Tralee, Limerick, Galway, Athlone and Dublin.
The Golden age of steam returned to Kent Station this Morning..Thinking about my Grandfather and my Father who worked through the Steam years 🚂..@IrishRail @sjmhackett @johncreedon @CorksRedFM 🚂 pic.twitter.com/ZVOMAhVhse— Pat Healy (@Patrick94137061) May 8, 2023
The trip gives passengers a taste of Ireland’s beautiful rural scenery and vibrant culture and is a great way to explore the width and breath of the country, but it’ll cost you a pretty penny. Trips start at a whopping €2,287 which includes the train ticket, excursions and hotels.
The train will be heading off to Kilkenny next, before making its way to Wexford and finally ending back in Dublin.