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Start of Train Rides for 2019

Please note that the 2019 season of Saturday afternoon trains rides at DSMEE in Marlay Park will start on a Saturday in May 2018. We sincerely hope that the 6,000 children we carried in 2018 enjoyed the experience, And we look forward to seeing them again any Saturday afternoon between 2.30 pm and 5 pm, from May to September.


Trains run on Saturday afternoons from 2.30pm to 5 pm throughout the summer months, weather and concerts permitting. Free rides are provided for children on these trains, which are hauled by steam, electric or motor powered locomotives.


Please note that for Health and Safety reasons, adults are not allowed on the train and they are not permitted inside the barriers where the children board the train. Also, Health and Safety considerations require that only children at least 1 metre (3 ft 4 in) tall may be carried on the railway.


If any child requires special assistance, the clild's parent(s) or guardian(s) should discuss the requirements with the Station Master, a DSMEE volunteer who is supervises the operation.


Each train is manned by 2 members of the Society (Driver and Guard) and other members supervise the children when boarding and disembarking the train.

The Railway is run by volunteers, all members of the Society, every Saturday from May to September between 2.30pm to 5 pm, weather permitting.


Please note that the Railway does NOT operate on weekends when concerts are being held in Marlay Park. We will announce these datas as they become available.


Last year over 6000 children enjoyed riding on the Railway.


Special Group Visits


The Society can cater of visits by special interest groups from time to time. These visits must be arranged by prior consultation. Please contact the Society Secretary, Terry Gough, at or on 087 2713657 if you wish to arrange such a visit.


Open Day

In response to public demand, the Society held an open day in September 2017 and again in October 2018. The first year 1000 people attended and in 2018 this rose to 1500. A major feature of this event is that all visitors are considered to be children, and therefore are eligible to ride on the trains. The Open Day date for 2019 has yet to be determined, but will be announced here as soon as it is available.


Members’ Activities


Members of the Society should visit the Members Page for information on events that are specifically for members of the Society.