Eighty years after the last steam train pulled out of the station at Crosshaven, All Aboard @ Cork Week is bringing a road train to town on 7th & 8th July to mark the start of Cork Week 2012. It’s going to be “All Aboard” for one more time!
The road train will run between 12 noon and 5pm each day, bringing passengers from the All Aboard festivities at the Royal Cork Yacht Club, on a return trip, through the village, to Fort Camden. Return tickets costing €5 per person can be purchased from the Information Office at All Aboard @ Cork Week, under 5s go free and the ticket includes entry to Fort Camden.
In the good old days of the early 1900s, people had a choice of getting to Crosshaven by river or rail, but those in a hurry to get to the seaside usually chose the train. The Crosshaven branch of the Passage West to Cork Railway opened in 1904. In its heyday, in 1910, eleven trains ran daily, taking 50 minutes to run from Cork to Crosshaven. The old railway line from Carrigaline to Crosshaven is now a beautiful walk and cycle way, running along the Owenabue River. Developed by two local residents the late Bill Condon and Eddie Cogan, in conjunction with Cork County Council, the walkway features some track and signals from the original line.
The Road Train completes a fun filled line-up for the All Aboard weekend. It’s going to be difficult to know what to do first: try racing a Dragon Boat, walk the plank with captain Jack or meet replica ocean giants in the Under the Sea Marquee.
Admission is Free to All Aboard @ Cork Week and 100s of free parking spaces are available to visitors.
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