The Carriage Gallery

We have a unique collection of old carriages and locomotives in the Carriage Gallery building. We have everything from beautifully restored carriages to unrestored examples that need a LOT of work to get them running again. You can also play games, watch films, and the kids can dress up in period costume or railway uniform.

Beautifully restored carriages in our Carriage Gallery

The Carriage Gallery is where you can get up close with our collection of historic railway vehicles. We have everything from beautifully restored old-style carriages to unrestored examples just as we found them in fields and farmyards. You can marvel at traction as varied as an 1875-built steam locomotive to a 1960s Irish Rail diesel, to a 1980s British Rail railbus.

Some of the carriages are open for you to explore, and get a sense of what travel was like years ago. As you sit in a third class compartment, compare it to what you travel in on the national network today!

We have a number of interpretive displays on the wall, along with some videos and posters. You can see a model railway showing what the B&CDR station at Ballynahinch Junction was like, and kids can dress up in period costumes and railway uniforms to get their photos taken. 

A group of visiting girls, dressed up in period costumes, with volunteer George Legge
Murals of BCDR's Queen's Quay Station in our carriage gallery
GS&WR steam locomotive No. 90 on display in the gallery building
Patrick Davey's model of Ballynahinch Junction in its heydey is on display in our carriage gallery