Visit our museum

The museum upstairs in the station building at Downpatrick houses a fascinating collection of relics telling the story of Irish Railways in general, and also a unique collection of Belfast & County Down Railway artefacts.

Our museum is open on all days when the railway is running trains.

The museum display in our main station building

Our museum display, upstairs in the station building in Downpatrick, will take you through the history of railways in County Down – from the railway’s first sod being cut to closure of the BCDR system in 1950.

We also have an interesting collection of railway artefacts connected with the BCDR:

  • Signals and signalling equipment and diagrams
  • Track and permanent way equipment
  • Permanent way tools
  • Old-style Edmondson tickets
  • Original railway signs and posters

Our museum department also provides items and interpretive displays for the carriage gallery.

You can visit the museum on any day the railway is operating. See our calendar for details of when we are open. If you wish to visit the museum outside these times, please contact us before you travel to see us. As we are relying on a small group of volunteers to run the railway, we may not be able to open for you at a specific date and time, so we would ask you to please be flexible with your requirements.

Follow the signs for a journey through the history of railways in County Down
An original Sykes banner signal from the B&CDR. It still works, you can operate it from the top of the stairs!
A display model of an Irish Rail A Class diesel locomotive
An original signal cabin diagram of a section of the Bangor line
Old B&CDR tickets on display
Vintage signalling equipment