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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.


Become a member
Find out how to become a member of DCDR. You can pay online, or by post.
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 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 2016, your membership will run through to 31st December 2017.

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

How to Join

For new members, please download the Membership Application Form. Print this out and fill it in – and please fill in the Gift Aid details if you are a UK Taxpayer, it gives us almost another 25% on top of your payment! Alternatively, you can choose the Gift Aid option during the PayPal payment process, which is much easier.

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


Membership fees


Full £30
Family £70
Junior £20
Senior Citizen £20
Unwaged £20