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The Irish Traction Group is always looking for volunteers to help restore and maintain its collection of preserved Irish diesel locomotives.

The majority of our restoration work takes place at the Goods Store, Carrick-On-Suir Railway Station, Carrick-On-Suir, Co. Tipperary, where work is currently ongoing on G616 and C226.  Maintenance of the running fleet takes place at the Downpatrick & County Down Railway (DCDR), Downpatrick, Co. Down, where A39, 146, G611 and G617 are based. C231 is also there awaiting restoration. Several other locos are currently stored at the West Clare Railway, Moyasta, Co. Clare.

If you’re interested in Irish diesel traction and don’t mind getting your hands dirty, or have any specialist experience that may prove useful to the Group, e.g. welding, painting, or mechanical and electrical engineering skills, we would be delighted to hear from you. Even if you have no previous experience, there are still plenty of jobs you can help with, as well as the opportunity to learn from our more experienced volunteers.

The only essentials, are some work clothes and a pair of safety shoes/boots and for anyone coming to DCDR, a hi vis vest.

As the DCDR is a working heritage railway, as well as helping keep our locos maintained, ITG volunteers there also have the chance to train for a number of operational positions. Please enquire for further details.

Don’t worry if you can only spare a few hours a month, any time you can provide will be invaluable, appreciated, and most importantly, you will be contributing to help preserve Ireland’s railway heritage.

If you are interested in coming along and helping out, or for further information, please e-mail Aidan Brosnan at Carrick-On-Suir

or Ken Manto at Downpatrick.