The Downpatrick & County Down Railway Society has over 200 members, mainly from Northern Ireland, but with some from further afield too. Our membership is drawn from a wide range of backgrounds, but we all have a common interest in preventing priceless artefacts of railway infrastructure and historic rolling stock being swept away with the ongoing modernisation of the rail networks both North and South.

There is absolutely no obligation to become a volunteer with membership.

Membership of the Downpatrick & County Down Railway Society entitles you to complementary travel and you will also receive email updates, and our periodical newsletter DCDR News, which features in-depth articles about developments at the railway.

You will also be entitled to attend our annual AGM and have your chance to put your views directly to the management of the railway or if you’re up for it you can stand for election to the Board of Directors. It’s your railway – have your say.

Membership types:
Note that there are now two tiers of membership of the Downpatrick & County Down Railway Society Ltd. Most members will be in the Associate/Supporter tier of membership. Regular volunteers will be Full Members of the Company. There is no difference in fees or general benefits for the two member types.

Please note: all new membership applications are subject to Board approval.

Membership period

Membership runs from 1st January for one year. If you join after September, your membership will run until through until the end of the following year at no extra charge. e.g. If you join in October 2021, your membership will run through to 31st December 2022.

How to Join

For new members, please download the Membership Application Form. Print this out and fill it in.

If you are a UK tax payer, please download and fill in the Gift Aid form, it raises an extra 25p for every £1 you give us.

You can pay your membership fees by enclosing a cheque or postal order for the required payment with your form. Alternatively, you can make your payment by PayPal. Please indicate this on the application form.

Once you’ve done all this, post your form to:

The Membership Secretary
Downpatrick & County Down Railway
Market Street
County Down
BT30 6LZ
Northern Ireland, UK

If you prefer, you can send us a good quality scan of any forms by email to

Membership fees

Adult £31.50
Family £71.50
Junior £21.50
Senior Citizen £21.50
Unwaged £21.50