Halloween spooky fun on the tracks

George the Ghost at the carriage window
George the Ghost at the carriage window

There’s something strange happening at the Downpatrick and County Down Railway this Halloween.

There’s ghosts on the platforms and ghouls on the train, it can only be the return of the Halloween Ghost Trains!

“Anyone who visits on Halloween weekend is in for a double treat,” says Railway Chairman, John Wilson.

He explains, “As well as travelling on a ghostly steam train, children who dare to alight at the Forbidden Platform, as well as any brave grown-ups, will be granted an audience with the Great Wizard in his own haunted Grotto train.

“If those who dare to enter Merlin’s domain pass his tests, then the children will receive a mystical gift.”

Mr. Wilson adds, “And of course, why not try to turn the tables and scare Merlin by coming in ghostly fancy dress yourself?”

To add a really scary touch visitors could turn evil with some ghoulish facepainting as well!

So are you brave enough to visit a Viking Graveyard on Halloween night? Well, the train will be stopping at the grave of King Magnus Barefoot on its travels and be warned as ghoulish things rise out of the ground before your eyes!

Doors open on the weekend before Halloween, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th October, from 2pm till 5pm, and then there’s a spooky night time train on Halloween night - Thursday 31st October from 6pm to 9pm for anyone brave enough to come in the dark!

Refreshments will be served onboard a buffet carriage at the Loop Platform, and car parking is free.

Mr Wilson also reminds people about autumn weather, “Don’t forget that this is an outdoor event, so please remember to wrap up well.”

And also keep an eye out for Santa’s visit to the railway this December - details are already online at the railway’s website.

For further information on events - or if you are thinking about joining as a volunteer - log on to the railway’s website at www.downrail.co.uk or find them on facebook at www.facebook.com/downrail follow on twitter @downrail