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Our railway is closed

Due to the ongoing situation with Covid-19, we are closed to the public and all visitors for the rest of 2020. Sadly, this includes the popular Christmas and Halloween events. 

It is not possible to book any tickets at this time.

Please see our Covid-19 appeal page for more details.


A little bit of history was made at the DCDR last Saturday when the first signal in nearly twenty years was erected on site.

The ex-Great Northern Railway lattice signal was reclaimed in 2006 from the depot of Marsden Recovery Specialists Ltd at Graham Gardens in Lisburn, due to redevelopment works. It had originally been bought by the late John Marsden and installed in the corner of the yard, hence the unusual location, before it was moved to Downpatrick.

It was lifted into position in early Saturday afternoon by the Permanent Way team, under supervision from the Signals & Telegraph team. Already it makes an impressive addition to the landscape. The base was given a concrete cap the following Monday

This signal will protect the approach to the main platform, and part of a number that will appear around the Downpatrick railway environs over the coming months and years.