A trip on the train is the best way to see all of the Lower Gardens.

Over 4.5km of narrow gauge track, weaves its way through the trees, revealing many pleasing vistas.  The railway takes you around the lake and grounds passing the Castle Folly, the Tree Circle with the “Orb” and the newly installed “Long Sleeper” sculpture on the Spiral Mound before returning to the Station. The ‘Duchess of Difflin’ steam engine, with her carriages in the traditional red and cream livery of the “Wee Donegal” and the ‘Earl of Oakfield’ blue diesel engine give pleasure to children, Thomas The Tank Engine fans and enthusiast alike. Trains run at regular intervals each day and offer an excellent opportunity to view the lower gardens in comfort. The steam train runs on the last Sunday of the month ‘Steam Sunday’.

Tickets and departure times available at the pay booth on arrival. No booking required except for group visits. The trip will take about 15 minutes.

The ‘Duchess of Difflin’ steam engine
The ‘Duchess of Difflin’ steam engine
Difflin Lake Railway
Difflin Lake Railway

Difflin Lake Railway

Architect:
A & E Wright, Belfast

Consultant:
Martin’s Models Garden Railways, Herefordshire

Gauge:
15 inches (381mm)

Length of track:
4km (2.5 miles) including sidings

Rail:
Steel, S7, 14lb/yard

Min. radius:
65 ft. (22 metres)

Ruling gradient:
1 in 30 straight, 1 in 45 curves

Sleepers:
Part galvanised steel, part treated softwood.

Rail fixings:
Clips throughout

Turnouts:
2 at 114 ft. (35 metre) radius,
3 at 91 ft. (28 metre) radius,
10 at 82 ft. (25 metre) radius,

Manufactured by Alan Keef Ltd

“DUCHESS OF DIFFLIN” 0-4-2T

Built by:
Exmoor Steam Railway Co., Devon, England.DUCHESS OF DIFFLIN

Delivered:
February 2003, Works no. 317

Overall width:
45 inches (1.1 meters)

Length:
10 ft. (3.05 meters)

Height:
5 ft. 10 inches (1.8 meters)

Weight:
3.2 tonnes approx.

Driving wheels:
14 inch (355mm) diameter

Boiler pressure:
150 lb./sq. in.

Grate area:
1.4 sq. ft. (0.13 sq.m)

Two outside cylinders, bore 4.5/8 inch, stroke 7 inch
Crosshead driven mechanical lubricator
Mechanical handbrake,
Air cylinder and controls for train air brake.

DUCHESS OF DIFFLIN 0-4-2T
“DUCHESS OF DIFFLIN” 0-4-2T
EARL OF OAKFIELD 0-4-0 Diesel locomotion
“EARL OF OAKFIELD” 0-4-0 Diesel loco.

“EARL OF OAKFIELD” 0-4-0 Diesel

Built by:
Alan Keef Ltd, 2002, works number

Features:
Perkins 103.10 3-Cylinder Diesel engine
Hydrostatic transmission via chain drive to rear axle
Outside fly cranks and coupling rods

Length:
8 ft. (2.4m)

Height:
6 ft. (1.8m)

Width:
4 ft. (1.2m)