The Railway Preservation Society of Ireland (RPSI)

Whitehead Railway Museum
Castleview Road
BT38 9NA
United Kingdom

The Railway Preservation Society of Ireland was formed in 1964 to preserve Irish steam locomotives, carriages and rolling stock and to operate them on the Irish railway network for everyone to see, appreciate, enjoy and travel on. The Society currently has around 1,000 members from all across the world and depends on its volunteers to keep its stock of steam trains operational.

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  • The Society runs mainline trains on the Irish railway network using steam traction and vintage carriages. It also owns a small fleet of vintage diesel locomotives.


  • RPSI carries out major locomotive and carriage refurbishment in our Whitehead workshops.


  • The RPSI also operates a railway museum at Whitehead.  In 2013, RPSI was awarded Heritage Lottery funding for a project to secure the railway heritage in Ireland for generations by enhancing the conservation and engineering facilities at the Museum.


  • The Whitehead Railway Museum also has an Edwardian tearoom which is run by staff and volunteers.


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  • Louise Foster