The Belfast & County Down Railway Museum Trust

2018 will be the
170th Anniversary of the opening of the
Belfast - Holywood line - The first part of
The Belfast & County Down Railway

To mark this Special Anniversary the Trust has produced a Special
Commemorative Calendar which is now available.

This is also a Special Tribute to William Robb MBE., 
who lived beside the railway at Ballynickle, between Comber and Ballygowan, and with the co-operation of his family, his photographs are used throughout the calendar.

The calendar also comes with a special 'Companion' book having a further selection of his B.& C.D.R. and other Irish railway photographs.

​Principal dates relating to the railway are highlighted each month!



Please keep watching our 'Plans Page' for further updates.

In the Meantime.......
We would invite you to join with us in paying a very special tribute to the men and women of the British and Allied Armed Services who have been involved in the various conflicts from the First World War right up to, and including, those serving around the world today.

 Spitfires from 315 Squadron (Polish) based at
​                    Ballyhalbert, Co. Down during WWII.                                                                                                 
 Catalina of 201 Squadron RNZAF
​ based at Castle Archdale near Enniskillen.
​ It was a Catalina from Castle Archdale that tracked down the Pocket Battleship 'Bismark'.

The B.& C.D.R. Museum Trust has agreed to raise funds for the purchase of two steam locomotives to be named 
These two engines are expected to be used to handle the majority of services at   our new location, and because we are using the International track gauge of 4'  81/2", it is proposed to arrange engine exchanges with some of the Heritage Railways across the rest of the UK from time to time.  

We will thereby be able to provide a variety of operating locomotives at our own site, but will also allow other Heritage Railways to share in the special tribute to those who have fought and died over the years.
We have received considerable support towards this special tribute from a number of famous celebrities who have provided the items below.   We would invite individuals, restaurants, hotels, and other businesses to please purchase one of these items for their own collections, or for display on their premises, or alternatively to please support us in some other way.

​Ideally we would like to have at least one of the engines in place in time for the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War in 2018, so all support possible would be really appreciated.

The following autographed items are signed originals, unless stated otherwise. 
Click here to Download an Order/Donation Form

We would like to thank all of these celebrities most sincerely for their valuable support!