Vision for the Future
The Waterford & Suir Valley Railway will become the corner stone for a linear park concept between Kilmeadan and Waterford City providing a recreational area for locals and a major tourist attraction for the South-East in this area rich in history and only accessible by train.
- The 30 mile stretch of abandoned railway line between Waterford city and Dungarvan is set to be developed as a walking cum cycling route - The Waterford Route. Waterford City Council in conjunction with Waterford Sports Partnership views the old railway line as a unique tourist attraction and plan to develop it in 2006. The planned walking route would start in the centre of Dungarvan Town and embark on a scenic course along which one would see panoramic view of Dungarvan Bay, the Comeragh and Monavullagh Mountains, the Atlantic Ocean and the Suir Valley.
- The rails run along side Mount Congreve Gardens. The gardens, which are now privately owned, will eventually come into the ownership of the state under a trust. A station will be built at the present entrance from the railway to allow passengers board and disembark as they visit the gardens.
- The rail also runs alongside the recently discovered site of a very important Viking settlement dating back to 810 A.D. The railway will provide access to the site if it is excavated. A platform will be built at this site.
- The next stop along the route will be at Waterford Institute of Technology campus at Carriganore. The college are building student accommodation on site and have plans to develop sports facilities. They believe it will be used not only by students but by all age groups/demographics within the region.
- The proposed plan for the Waterford & Suir Valley Railway is that the track will be extended further into Waterford City to give it visibility and make it more accessible to a wider public.
- It is envisaged that the re-gauge track will, in time be used by the people of Waterford and visitors to the area, not just as a tourist railway but to access the facilities that have been developed along the route. Revenue from this will allow for the development of further facilities along the route and continue to maintain the existing ones.
- A transport museum will be built in Kilmeadan and will incorporate the ticket office, shop and coffee shop.
- The Waterford & Suir Valley Railway ideally would like to see a steam engine in operation again on the tracks as it was originally in the 19th Century.