See the Steam Trains in Millstreet Railway Station this weekend

The Railway Preservation Society of Ireland will be visiting Kerry this weekend with their “Cork and Kerry” International Railtour.

Worth going to see, the #85 steam locomotive will stop in Millstreet on Sunday from 14:20 – 14:30 !

Also, the No. 4 locomotive will pass through Millstreet on Saturday at 16:04, and again on Sunday at 9:04. while the #85 will also pass through on Monday at 09:06.

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Millstreet Station

As the train pulls out of the station
There’s another crashing through my heart
Across a sea of every kind of nation
I feel the sleepers pulling us apart
Through darkened Streets, I followed my feet
And I made my way through the dark.

Now she’s gone I have to learn to function
It’s like the blind leading the blind
Like two roads meeting at a junction
One was hers the other was mine
Down Claragh Road the wind did now
As it tore her from my sight

As the days turn into weeks,
I see reflections of a face i used to know
All the tears that rolled down our cheeks,
are still there but covered by the snow.

As the train pulls into Millstreet station
I feel myself moving to a beat
Like an island amid so many nations
I take her hand and hold onto these two weeks

by B. King

Kieran Provides Very Interesting Information on Steam Train

Here we view the very fine recording of Ita Fitzgerald's image of Saturday's return of "The Emerald Isle Explorer" Steam Train to Millstreet Station where we were privileged to meet with Kieran Wyse whom we interviewed for LTV2 Millstreet and who later emailed superb information which we share below. Click on the pictures to enlarge. (S.R.)
Here we view the very fine recording of Ita Fitzgerald‘s images of Saturday’s return of “The Emerald Isle Explorer” Steam Train to Millstreet Station where we were privileged to meet with Kieran Wyse whom we interviewed for LTV2 Millstreet and who later emailed superb information which we share below. Click on the pictures to enlarge.  (S.R.)

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“The Emerald Isle Explorer” Steam Train in Millstreet on Saturday

On Saturday morning (18th June 2016) quite a number of families arrived at Millstreet Railway Station to catch a fleeting glance of “The Emerald Isle Explorer” Steam Train as it passed by on its way to Killarney.   Passengers comprised mainly of real rail enthusiasts on a Steam Train holiday.  Thankfully the weather was ideal to view the historic visit.  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)16Emerald Isle Explorer Steam Train in Millstreet 2016 -600

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On its return journey from Killarney just after 5pm on Saturday passing Millstreet Railway Station.
On its return journey from Killarney just after 5pm on Saturday passing Millstreet Railway Station.

Let’s now observe some more pictures from the very interesting and historic event.  [read more …] ““The Emerald Isle Explorer” Steam Train in Millstreet on Saturday”

Steam Train in Millstreet on This Saturday

Saturday 18th June Steam Loco 4 + Cravens  Cork 09:35 Mallow 10:20-10:50 Banteer 11:06 Millstreet 11:19 Rathmore 11:28 Killarney 11:50

Killarney 16:32 Rathmore 16:51 Millstreet 17:02 Banteer 17:14 Mallow 17:32

An historic Millstreet Railway Station sign share by Donncha Cronin who has also made us aware (above) of the timetable of Saturday's Steam Train. Thank you, Donncha. (S.R.)
An historic Millstreet Railway Station sign shared by Donncha Cronin who has also made us aware (above) of the timetable of Saturday’s Steam Train. Thank you, Donncha. (S.R.)

Further details at RPSI / Steam Dreams: Emerald Isle Explorer 2016
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Trains nearly collide at Millstreet Railway Station

5Steam Train Visits Millstreet 10th May 2015 -800The Irish Examiner reports this morning that on December 8th 2013, two trains travelling towards each other on the same track on the Mallow-Killarney railway line narrowly avoided a head-on collision when they came to a stop just 175 metres apart at Millstreet station.

It reports that the cause was that one of the drivers failed to stop at warning signals. An accident was only prevented after a signal controller became aware of the danger and contacted the drivers to stop their trains. Read the full story on today’s Irish Examiner, and the investigation report below.


In 1964 there was another nearly head-on collision at Millstreet Station this time involving a runaway train:

On the night of Monday May 11 1964 a special goods train was derailed at Millstreet and blocked the Mallow-Tralee line. The special was headed by loco A54 and had originated at the Rathmore siding of Messrs Fry-Cadbury where it was loaded with chocolate crumb. It was scheduled to cross the 02:25 Mallow-Tralee mail goods at Millstreet but seemingly got out of control on the two mile fall at 1 in 154/124 approaching the station. The Millstreet signalman, fearing a collision between the runaway and the mail goods, [read more …] “Trains nearly collide at Millstreet Railway Station”

Best Railway Station in Munster

2015-11-02 Millstreet Awarded Best Railway Station in Munster - with Michael Mullane
Congratulations Michael Mullane and Cormac Dineen at Millstreet Railway Station who were yeaterday awarded the Best Railway Station in Munster, by Transport Minister Pascal Donoghue, at the Iarnród Éireann Best Station Awards. The awards were decided by public vote. (photo from Iarnród Éireann)

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Steam Train 461 Visits Millstreet and is Enthusiastically Welcomed

On an historic day in Millstreet (Sunday 10th May 2015) when a wonderful celebratory parade in honour of All-Ireland winners Chloe Barrett, Megan Lehane and Linda Desmond, an enthusiastic welcome awaited the superb Steam Train (despite the constant rain!) arriving in Millstreet Station from Cork.  It remained at the 1853 Station for almost ten minutes.  Later on its return journed it passed through with its marvellous steam, its nostalgic whistle sound and its trul elegant movement.   It's been several years since we last witnessed a Steam Train in Millstreet.   LTV2 Millstreet recorded the magnificent event.  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)
On an historic day in Millstreet (Sunday 10th May 2015) when a wonderful celebratory parade in honour of All-Ireland winners Chloe Barrett, Megan Lehane and Linda Desmond took place, an enthusiastic welcome awaited the superb Steam Train (despite the constant rain!) arriving in Millstreet Station from Cork. It remained at the 1853 Station for almost ten minutes. Later on its return journey it passed through with its marvellous steam, its nostalgic whistle sound and its truly elegant movement. It’s been several years since we last witnessed a Steam Train in Millstreet. LTV2 Millstreet recorded the magnificent event. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)

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