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Monday 20 May 2019

Steam train set to visit Wicklow town

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The Easter Eggspress is coming to Wicklow
The Easter Eggspress is coming to Wicklow

The Railway Preservation Society will bring 300 passengers to Wicklow Town on its Easter Eggspress on Monday, April 22.

The train will be headed by the Big Blue Engine No. 85 Merlin which will only be its second time down the South Eastern Railway.

No. 85 was used mainly on the Dublin to Belfast express services in the heyday of Steam. She was built in 1932 and withdrawn in 1963 after the end of Steam.

She received a major overhaul in Harland and Wolff shipyard in 1986 and since then has given lots of pleasure to people since its relaunch.

She and her four sister engines were named after birds of prey hence No. 85 was named Merlin. The compound V class Locomotive brought much interest from the railway press when they were built.

The first three- cylinder engines in the whole of Ireland, weighing in at over 103tons.

There will be two local trips from Greystones to Wicklow and back. The first departs Wicklow at 12.45 p.m. and the second departs at 2.50 p.m. for what promises to be a fun afternoon. Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite and are priced €14 for adults and €8 for under 16's.

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