On Sunday August 2nd 2009 at 12.10, the whistle blew and a majestic historic old steam train slowly pulled out of Dun Laoghaire station once again to celebrate 175 years of the first train line in Ireland.
In association with the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland and Iarnrod Eireann, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council presented The Kingstown Special so that folks can travel back in time on a grand old steam train with vintage railway carriages, a beautifully restored snack and bar café.
DLR Events and Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company will had free family entertainment on the Harbour Plaza all afternoon featuring from:
12.30pm to 2.30pm The Steadfast Brass Band
3pm to 4pm The No. 1 Army Band
4.30pm to 5.30pm The Blue Heaven Barbershop Chorus
The first railway in Ireland, in 1834, was the Dublin and Kingstown Railway (D&KR) between Dublin and Kingstown (now Dún Laoghaire), a distance of 10 km (6 miles). The entire route forms part of the present day Dublin Area Rapid Transit electrified commuter rail system. This same route will be used for the Kingstown Special on August 2nd.
Five steam train trips between Dun Laoghaire and either the original destination Connolly or the extended line Bray ran during the day departing from Dun Laoghaire at 12.10, 13.34, 15.28, 16.54 and 18.28. Tickets cost just €4 for adults and €1 for under 16s