It’s back to the age of steam for Country Comes to Town with a number of free, special trips on the final day of the festival, September 21.
In conjunction with Translink, The Railway Preservation Society of Ireland and Craigavon Borough Council, there will be trips between Portadown and Newry and Portadown and Lisburn.
Said festival secretary Bryan McLaughlin: “This year is the quartcentenary of the birth of Portadown and, as part of the council’s celebrations of 400 years, they are joining us in remembering the nostalgic age of steam. And reminding us that Portadown was once the ‘hub of the north’ in railway terms.
“Join us on a return journey from Portadown to Newry, Portadown to Lisburn or ‘Make a Day of It’ with our special return ticket giving you the opportunity to spend the day in Portadown visiting Country Comes to Town.”
Entertainment will be provided along the way to give you a flavour of days gone by and a dining car on board will be available for the purchase of refreshments and snacks.
The timetable for return journeys is:
Depart Portadown 11.50am - Arrive Newry 12.25pm
Depart Newry 12.40pm - Arrive Portadown 13.20pm
Depart Portadown 13.47pm - Arrive Lisburn 14.25pm
Depart Lisburn 15.10pm - Arrive Portadown 15.43pm
Timetable for ‘Make a Day of It’ return ticket:
Depart Lisburn 10.52am – Arrive Portadown 11.25am
Depart Portadown 16.15pm – Arrive Lisburn 16.55pm
Note there will be no entertainment provided on the ‘Make a Day of It’ journey.
You must turn up at least five minutes prior to your departure time for all train tickets.
To book the Portadown to Newry return, log onto www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/7916541589; for Portadown to Lisburn return, www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/7916673985; for Lisburn to Portadown Return and Make a Day of It, www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/7944902417.
Tickets can also be booked in person at the Millennium Court Arts Centre or by telephone: 028 3839 4415