In 1965 huge swathes of railway lines were axed in Warrenpoint, Dungannon, Omagh and the West and it looked like the rest of the network would follow suit. In the early 1970s NIR ordered the first of these vehicles and they became the train of the Troubles. Despite bombs and hijackings these trains the people of Northern Ireland moving and our rail network alive.

Sadly, the last of the 80 class has just been withdrawn from service and without your help their last stop could be the breaker’s yard.

It doesn’t need to end this way!

We want to turn back the clock for these trains to allow our children and grandchildren to fall in love with their unique spirit.

For over a decade, DCDR has held the ambition to own an 80 class – our own high quality, Northern Ireland native, operational diesel train – and the 80 class  operated on the remains of the old BCDR too, even working out of the old Queen’s Quay Station before it closed in the 1970s.

With an 80 Class in our fleet we can expand our timetable to include days and times that we normally couldn’t operate. It will make school trips easier and cheaper to run and when our Ballydugan extension is open, it will operate a service to Inch Abbey to connect with our steam train.

To help return the 80 Class trains to their former glory, we have agreed with Translink to repaint the trains to their original maroon and blue livery, but this and the transport to Downpatrick doesn’t come cheap.

WE NEED YOUR DONATIONS TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN!

And we’ve a challenge for you – for every pound you donate, one of our volunteers will match it pound for pound up to £4000.

We’re also providing a range of benefits to donators, to ensure you are rewarded for your kind contributions to the 80 Class project at Downpatrick.

Help save the last remaining 80 Class

DCDR has long held an ambition to save an ex-NIR 80-class railcar set. To realise this dream, and preserve an ’80’ in running condition for the public to enjoy, we need YOUR help!

For more information about this important appeal and to donate CLICK HERE