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30th Anniversary Diesel Gala

Saturday, 12th October at Downpatrick & County Down Railway

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Pay on the day. Trains start at around 11:40am and finish around 4pm.


We cater specifically for the heritage diesel enthusiast, providing up to date news of events, stock movements, and information about our own operations and preservation work, via the Group’s quarterly journal, The Irish Mail.



The Irish Traction Group has the largest collection of privately owned diesel locomotives in Ireland. At present, our four operational locos see regular use at the Downpatrick and County Down Railway, with a fifth currently undergoing work to return it to working order.  Four are at our permanent restoration base at Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary, and the remainder are stored at the West Clare Railway, Moyasta, Co Clare.


The Irish Traction Group is a registered charity and relies on members and donors to fund the maintenance of our operational locos and other ongoing restoration work.  All the work is carried out by a small, dedicated team of volunteers who share a passion for Irish diesel locomotives. We are always keen to welcome new volunteers, however, If volunteering is not for you, there are still a number of ways in which you can help us, donating on this site (securely via Paypal), becoming a member, or by utilising our easyfundraising page, which provides a quick and easy way to contribute, simply by doing your shopping online with hundreds of well-known retailers.  See the Get Involved page for full details.


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The Irish Traction Group is a registered charity in England & Wales, registered number 1000382.

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