The locomotive which
will haul the train back from Dublin
The historic Locomotive 186 which will
haul next Sunday's steam special to Dublin
LISBURN Railway Station will play host to a
film star next Sunday (December 30) when she makes a brief stop
in the city on her way from Belfast to Dublin.
This particular doyenne of the silver screen
must be the envy of many women because she has played opposite
none other than former 007 Sean Connery as well as today's Irish
screen heartthrobs Cillian Murphy and Padraic Delaney.
Its unlikely, however, even Mr. Connery would
consider dating a lady of her advanced years - she's 128 -
although like many men he's probably cast her an admiring glance
in the past.
The star in question is none other than
Locomotive Number 186 which will haul a Railway Preservation
Society of Ireland (RPSI) steam special to Dublin.
Despite her great age she is Lighting tit and
took her very own Oscar in 2004 when the Society received the
John Colley Award marking hei restoration and return to mainline
The locomotive figured prominently in 'The
First Great Train Robbery' which also featured Connery and the
more recent film
'The Wind that Shakes the Barley' in which Murphy and Delaney
took the Lead roles.
The train back from Dublin will be hauled by
Locomotive Number Four - a mere child at the age of just 60.
Both engines have been lovingly restored by
the Society and will provide steam heat
for the carriages.
Complimentary mince pies and a cup of mulled
wine for all passengers will provide some extra warmth.
Mervyn Darragh of the RPSI said: "Our stop at
Lisburn will take the city back to an era of romance and
"Passengers can look forward to travelling in
restored carriages, the sound of the whistle and the smell of
the steam - and the mulled wine - not to mention some of the
finest views and seascapes in Ireland on their journey."
The train allows people to enjoy two hours in Dublin before
the return trip. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are
available from: The Belfast Welcome Centre, Donegal] Place,
Belfast ,Tel 90246609) and online from