Join the superheroes on board the SuperTrain at Downpatrick - can your kids help save the world from the evil supervillain Loki?

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This event is running on Sunday 28th May 2023

Loki, the infamous God of Mischief from the faraway planet of Asgard, is on his way to Downpatrick – and wherever Loki goes, mayhem and destruction are sure to follow. There’s no telling what chaos might unfold if Loki gets his evil hands on our railway!

Last year’s SuperTrain, with the defeated Hela captured by the heroes and their helpers

This isn’t the first time the railway has had to fight off an unruly Asgardian, after Loki’s equally evil sister Hela twice attempted to take over the railway last year. Thankfully our resident superheroes will be on hand once more, with Spider-Man, Captain America, and Captain Marvel all ready and waiting to thwart Loki’s mischievous scheme. But they can’t do it alone, and will need all the help they can get.

We are therefore putting out an emergency distress call to all young heroes and heroines ahead of what will surely be an epic showdown – Spidey and the two Captains will need your help if we are to have any hope of defeating Loki and saving the railway.

Dress up as your favourite superhero to join forces and help to save the day – and the planet!

What happens during my visit?

Your journey starts at our Downpatrick station. Please arrive in good time to be sure not to miss your train.

The superheroes will be waiting for the train and interacting with all the passengers before the short journey from Downpatrick to Inch Abbey on board our 450 class diesel train.

When the train arrives at Inch Abbey, there will be an interactive session with the superheroes as the kids help them to defeat the evil Loki. There will be plenty of opportunities for photos and selfies with the heroes and the villain.

Snacks and drinks will be sold on board the train from the buffet counter, which will wait at Inch Abbey station during each performance.

The train and stations are all fully wheelchair accessible. Please see this page for more details.

If you need a wheelchair, please select the Wheelchair space required option when you are checking out.

Prices & tickets

Charges are detailed below. Additional charges apply for food and drinks in the buffet and gifts in the shop. Donations are also welcome.

  • Family ticket (2 adults + 2 children, or 1 adult + 3 children): £46
  • Additional adults: £12.50
  • Additional children (all ages): £12.50
  • Infants (not requiring a seat): FREE
  • Carers: FREE (Please see our Carers Policy for more details)

Summer events at DCDR are supported by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.


SuperTrain departures from Downpatrick are at: 12:00, 13:20, 14:40, 16:00

SuperTrain – your questions answered

We’ve listed the common questions about our Super Hero trains below. Use our Contact Us page if your question isn’t covered here.

Where does the train go?

The train runs to the platform at Inch Abbey and will return back to Downpatrick station.  Passengers will leave the train at Inch Abbey for a 30 minute activity with the superheroes, as well as interacting with them on the train and at Downpatrick Station.

I am a carer – do I have to pay?

Carers can travel free of charge if they meet the criteria in our Carers Policy. You can’t book this online, so please contact us after you book for the rest of your group to arrange this, explaining your requirements. You can contact us here to arrange your carer’s ticket.

How long does the visit last?

Your visit will last approximately one hour. This is an outdoor event and will proceed in any weather that County Down can throw at us, so bring a coat if it’s going to rain, or bring the factor 50 sun cream if it’s a rare sunny day.

Do I have to pre-book?

Yes. Advanced booking is essential. We will not have any ticket selling facilities on the day.

I don’t have a printer, what do I do with my tickets?

Don’t worry. You don’t need to print your ticket out, though some people do find it handy. You can just show us your ticket on your phone, or you can even write down the booking reference and bring it with you.

What if I miss my train?

If you miss your booked time, don’t worry. We will try our best to accommodate you on the next train. If you manage to miss the last train of the night, then we will do our best to get you re-booked for another day.

Do you have wheelchair access?

Yes. We have wheelchair access into the main station building, as well as wheelchair friendly carriages with double-doors, and accessible toilets at Downpatrick Station building and Inch Abbey platform. Please ask a member of staff for help into the carriages, as a ramp will need to be used. At checkout, please select the option ‘Wheelchair space required’. You can also use our Contact Us page if you have specific requirements.

Can I bring a pram or buggy?

Space is limited on our trains, and it is not possible to wheel a pram down the carriages of the train you travel on. There is an area for prams and wheelchairs on one of our carriages, but we can only carry a few prams at a time. If possible, we would prefer you leave the pram in the station or in your car. Please talk to our station volunteers if you need help with this.

Where is the railway station?

Downpatrick Station is on the main Downpatrick-Newcastle road (the Ballydugan Road). The entrance for the station is between Rathkeltair House (the tax office) and the Translink bus station. Look out for the brown road signs that say “Railway Museum” and follow those.

For more details, please see our How to Find Us page for maps and directions.

Where can I board the train?

You can only start your journey at Downpatrick Station. Inch Abbey Station will not be open to arriving passengers.

Are dogs allowed?

Due to the nature of the event we can only welcome Assistance Dogs onto the train.

Can you take Visa/Mastercard/etc.?

Yes, we can take credit cards and debit cards via our online booking system, or if you prefer email us at and we can arrange to make booking and take payment over the phone. We cannot take any payments on the day.

Will there be toilets on the train?

There are no toilet facilities on the train but we will have toilets at Downpatrick station and one toilet in the Inch Abbey platform car park, which is a short walk from the platform.

Will the shop and museum be open?

Yes, both the shop and museum will be open, so feel free to visit both after you save the world!

Will there be any food and drink available?

We will be operating a small buffet on the train where you will be able to purchase soft drinks and confectionery while the train is stationary at Inch Abbey platform.

Can we eat on the train?

You can indeed! Our buffet carriage will be selling a range of snacks and drinks, but we would ask that you clean all rubbish away on exiting the train.