Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Steam train fan overcome by Ulster welcome

Northern Ireland is a shining example of co-operation between people and Government organisations.

I am sitting in the Highlands of Scotland reflecting over a weekend that would not have been possible but for the amazing folk of the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland (RPSI) and those enlightened people who work for Translink.

Northern Ireland is a shining example of co-operation between people and Government organisations.

This is now my third visit from the Highlands to Northern Ireland in 12 months and will certainly not be my last.

My goal was the Steam and Jazz steam train from Belfast Central to wherever. Last year it was Lisburn and Portadown - brilliant! This year was Carrick and Whitehead - equally good.



So I would like to thank all the hard-working volunteers of the RPSI, without whom my trip would not have taken place, and to the staff of Northern Ireland Railways who still have the skills to drive the steam trains.

Many thanks are due to everyone on the Steam and Jazz Special who made the experience so worthwhile.

I do so hope to be back soon.



It is difficult to explain how empty my heart is after returning from being so welcomed.







Thanks is not enough but in both Scottish and Irish Gaelic and to those in the train back from Carrick - my toast to you good friends and ... slainte.





MIKE WILTSHIRE Scotland

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