Waterford Suir Valley Railway 10 Days for Ukraine
Waterford Suir Valley Railway will donate all ticket revenue from 1st to 10th April to UNICEF Ireland Crisis in Ukraine Appeal.
The fundraiser coincides with the reopening of the Railway for the 2022 season. Trains will operate daily from 1st until the 30th September. Maria Kyte, manager of WSVR said “Waterford Suir Valley Railway crew wanted to do something to support families affected by the crisis in Ukraine. We choose UNICEF Ireland as they are on the ground in Ukraine and best placed to direct any money raised to those who need it most.”
“During the 10 days we will run special offers in the Whistlestop Café and place donation boxes at Kilmeadan Station to encourage users of Waterford Greenway to support the campaign.”
The railway will operate from 11am to 3pm Monday to Saturday and 12noon to 4pm on Sunday for the month of April. Visitors are invited to take a step back in time to 1878 as they check in at the ticket office, a converted Mark 11 railway carriage at the beautifully restored Kilmeadan Station. Chat to the friendly, volunteer train drivers while being escorted to a private compartment on the train. Hear the whistle blow as the train departs on a nostalgic journey through Waterford’s Suir Valley, an area rich in history and only accessible by train and the Waterford Greenway.
On returning to the station take time to discover the Story of Rail on the five storyboards around Kilmeadan Station. They feature stories WSVR wanted to preserve and share: the story of rail, of time, of emigration, sport and social history, of how the railways were built, what they were used for, how they were a mirror to Irish society, and the story of WSVR itself!
Located 11km from Waterford City, Kilmeadan Station is also a refreshment stop on Waterford Greenway. The Whistlestop Café provides a welcome rest for walkers and cyclist on the Greenway, with bike parking, rest rooms, picnic tables and open wifi.
Tickets can be booked online on the Website www.wsvrailway.ie or call Kilmeadan Station on 051 384058. 100% of the ticket revenue will be donated to UNICEF Ireland.
Waterford Suir Valley Railway, a social enterprise, is now recruiting volunteers to learn to drive the train. If you ever dreamed of being a train driver as a child now is your opportunity. No experience is necessary as all recruits go through a driver training programme. For further information contact, WSVR manager on 051 384058.