View Of The Platform - Click To Visit Photo Gallery

Our Progress to Date

Waterford & Suir Valley Railway Company Plans for 2017

  • Construction work will continue on the Waterford Greenway until it opens this Spring
  • Build railway station platforms at Mount Congreve Gardens, Woodstown Viking Site and Bilberry Stations
  • Plan to extend the catering facilities at Kilmeadan Station to be prepared for extra business from Waterford Greenway users
  • Recruit and train new volunteer train drivers
  • Research stories about the railway and areas of interest along the route as part of Ireland’s Ancient East promotion

2016

  • Enjoyed one of our busiest seasons since the recession with an increase in visitors during the summer season and at the Spooky Express and Santa Express
  • Welcomed new train drivers to the crew.
  • Construction of bridges for the Waterford Greenway made slow progress
  • Planning permission granted to build a Station House at Kilmeadan Station.
2015
  • Work began on the Waterford Greenway delaying opening until May.
  • Introduced treasure hunt for children.
  • Opened a history room with story boards and model of Kilmeadan Station.
2013 & 2014
  • Continued to develop on the family friendly events.
  • Mossy Wood became the Magic Wood complete with Fairy Houses.
  • Continued track maintenance programme.
  • Featured on Great British Railway Journeys Goes to Ireland.
  • Featured on Donal Skeehan, Kitchen Hero RTE 2
2012
  • Organised more family friendly events during the summer season.
  • Refurbished the LM 348 Simplex locomotive.
  • Ongoing maintenance of the rolling stock.
  • Began a track maintenance programme.
  • Welcomed new recruits from TUS schemes.
2011
  • A new loco was designed and built, by Hunslet Steam Company, specifically for the Waterford & Suir Valley Railway. It will be put into operation in 2012.
  • A set of points and siding built to travel in to the new train shed.
  • The car park was extended and resurfaced.
  • Funding for the above projects was supported by Waterford Leader Partnership.
  • Continued to develop on the success of the family friendly Summer Magic Events.
2010
  • Relayed the 2km of track from Carriganore to Gracedieu Junction to extend the journey.
  • Built a train shed and workshop at the station.
  • Provided picnic tables for use by both rail visitors and walkers.
  • Improved signage to and at the station entrance.
  • Continued track and station maintenance.
  • Winner 4kids Santa Award 2010
  • Quarterly winner of the Munster Express/ Dooleys Hotel Heritage & Culture Awards for best Heritage Group
  • Welcomed over 29,000 visitors to the railway experience
  • Continued to rely on the goodwill of volunteers to run the operations of the railway. Recruitment drives carried out periodically throughout the year with full training given by experienced personnel again on a voluntary basis.
  • Received funding for these projects from Waterford Leader Partnership without whose support these developments would not have been possible.
2009
  • Overall winner of the Excellence in Business for Hospitality / Tourism Award for Special Event Trains. This award is managed by Waterford Chamber and Sponsored by VHI Healthcare.
  • WSVR Wins Overall Hospitality And Tourism Award - March 2009
  • Winner 4kids Santa Award 2009
2008
  • Won an Excellence in Business for Hospitality / Tourism Award for Special Event Trains. This is a quartly award managed by Waterford Chamber and Sponsored by VHI Healthcare.
  • Enjoyed the best season yet despite the weather. Opened to the public in the summer season from Easter to September and mid-term break in February and October. Operated special event trains, Spooky Express and Santa Express. Welcomed over 22,500 visitors to the railway experience.
  • Mechanic, Mick Doyle restored a Simplex Locomotive and fitted it with an air braking and communication system to make it compatible with the system fitted on the carriages.
  • Received planning permission for a train shed / workshop.
  • In June welcomed our 100,000 visitors since opening in 2003.
  • Welcomed more volunteers on board to join the team.
2007
  • Recruited and trained lots of new volunteers.
  • Continued track and station maintenance.
  • Erected signals at the station.
  • Opened to the public for mid-term breaks in the summer season from April to September, mid-term break in February and October. Also operated special event trains, Spooky Express and Santa Express. Welcomed over 22,000 visitors to the railway experience.
  • Funding - Friends Membership, Donations, Golf Classic, Ticket Revenue and Shop Receipts.
2006
  • Built a new entrance to Kilmeadan Station along with a car park and buy bays.
  • Achieved the Green Dragon Environmental Standards certificate.
  • Opened to the public from March to September and for special event trips in February, October and December welcoming 20,000 visitors.
  • Funding - FAS, Waterford Leader Partnership, Friends Membership, Donations, Ticket Revenue and Shop Receipts.
  • Lifted 2.5km of track from Carriganore to Gracedieu Junction to allow for the development of the new Waterford City By-Pass. To be replaced in 3 years time.
2005
  • Conversion of a preserved railway carriage at Kilmeadan Station to use as a ticket office, shop and coffee shop.
  • With the aid of local voluntary organizations, published a guide book with information on the history of the rail route and the area through which it travels, flora and fauna of the route, history of the Waterford and Suir Valley Railway Company and how to help the project through sponsorship or volunteering.
  • Fitted a PA system to the train and produced an informative audio tour of the route suitable for different age groups and interests.
  • Opened to the public from March to September and for special event trips in February, October and December welcoming 20,000 visitors.
  • Funding - FAS, INTERREG 111a, Waterford County Council, Waterford City Council, Friends Membership, Donations, Ticket Revenue and Shop Receipts.
2004
  • Track cleared from Gracedieu Junction to Bilberry.
  • Track laying continued by FAS crew and a further 2km of track laid to Bilberry.
  • More volunteers recruited and volunteer training carried out.
  • Railway opened to the public from April to September with 19,126 passengers enjoying the railway experience.
  • Special event trains organised at Halloween and Christmas.
  • Simplex Locomotive upgraded to make it suitable for the extra track length and gradients.
  • Dan Donovan, Project Supervisor receives Vodafone "Passion for the World Around Us" award for the drive and enthusiasm he brings to this community initiative.
2003
  • Refurbishment of Kilmeadan Station.
  • Loop and points fitted at Kilmeadan Station.
  • Committed team of volunteers engaged in the project and training commenced.
  • Railway opened to the public from May to September with 16,125 passengers enjoying the experience.
  • Special event trains organised at Halloween and Christmas.
  • Completion of a further 4km of track to Gracedieu Junction.
  • Set-up "Celtic Railways" with Llanberis Lake Railway, Wales and received a marketing grant under an EU funded programme, INTERREG 111a which runs until March 2006. This EU initiative supports enterprise led programmes in South East Ireland with similar projects in South West Wales.
  • Business Development Manager is now funded under this scheme.
2002
  • Applied to Waterford County Council to upgrade the entrance to the station at Kilmeadan, prepare a car park and build a ticket office and toilets.
  • Received approval from Waterford Leader Partnership for grant towards extending the track and up-grading station entrance.
  • Further track panels acquired from Iarnród Éireann.
  • A further 2.25km of track laid from Mount Congreve Nurseries to Knockhouse Bridge in Carriganore.
  • Railway opened to the public for week-ends in August.
  • Project gets special recognition at the FAS Community Initiative Awards.
2001
  • 3.75km of track laid from Kilmeadan Station to Mount Congreve Estate.
  • Promotional trips commenced for potential sponsors.
  • Receives Waterford News & Star Community Award.
  • Granted charitable status by the Revenue Commissioners.
View Of The Platform Before Construction - Click To Visit Photo Gallery2000
  • Delivery of new engine and two carriages.
  • Laying of track commenced.
  • Business Development Manager appointed with the assistance of FAS.
  • Heritage Council Grant received.
  • American Ireland Fund Grant received & fundraising continues.
1999
  • An independent operating company was established - The Waterford & Suir Valley Railway Co Ltd.
  • Continued support from FAS, Iarnród Éireann, Waterford County Council, Waterford City Council, Waterford Chamber of Commerce.
  • Major fundraising appeal to local businesses.
1998
  • Grant aid received from Waterford City & County Enterprise Boards towards the commissioning of a locomotive and two carriages.
  • Developed 5-year business plan.
  • Recruited Project Supervisor and track laying team with support from FAS.
  • Secured two vintage diesel locomotives from Bord na Mona.
  • Iarnród Éireann donated track panels to the company to begin track laying.
1997
  • Inaugural meeting of Committee.
  • Feasibility study commissioned.
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