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Full steam ahead for some lazy Sundays by seaside in Portrush

By Linda Stewart

The much-loved Portrush Flyer steam train is back on track this summer for a series of Sunday day trips, ferrying passengers from Belfast Central to the seaside resort.

It will run on July 27, August 10 and 31 and September 14.

The Railway Preservation Society of Ireland, which is running the day trips, said: "Our steam train gives everyone a chance to recreate the summer excursion of the past. Our passengers will enjoy a relaxing journey through some of the best scenery this country has to offer, to arrive at the tourist town of Portrush with plenty of time to sample the seaside resort."

The steam locomotive for the Portrush Flyer 'Merlin' is the last of five V-class locomotives built for the Great Northern Railway (Ireland) in 1932.

No 85 was last used for work in about 1962 and was eventually bought by the Belfast Transport Museum. She is still owned by the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum and is on loan to the RPSI.

Tickets are available from Belfast Welcome Centre (Tel 028 9024 6609) or online from www.steamtrainsireland.com.

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