On Sunday 6 January we (that’s me, Geoff and everyone at ATS HQ) were excited to launch the next All The Stations project - taking us to Ireland and Northern Ireland!
As before, we asked our very supportive followers if they would consider backing us on.
We were staggered to exceed our initial funding target within the first hour! Mind. Blown.
By smashing our target we are now working on ways that we can enrich the journey, capturing more content and bringing more insights to our videos. We’re even looking into the possibility of taking a trip to the Isle of Man - which is connected to Northern Ireland by ferry and plane - as bonus content.
The journey is planned for Spring this year, exact dates TBC. So keep a watch on the social medias for more updates. The important accounts to follow are:
I am REALLY looking forward to exploring some of the incredible landscapes that Ireland and Northern Ireland has to offer. I’ve never been to Northern Ireland before but have been recommended to go many times just for the stunning scenery.
My priority is to spend time meeting people to find out if their love (or lack of affection) for the railways is similar to those in Great Britain. With only 198 stations across both Ireland and Northern Ireland it feels like the car may be the main and more desired mode of transport - certainly during each of my own trips to Ireland I’ve always hired a car. Therefore, the big question is: what role does the railways play?
I’m also completely unaware of the kind of rail network Ireland and Northern Ireland have - what are their stations like, ticketing systems, train stock etc. Don’t worry we still won’t be taking down any train numbers (at least, I won’t).
And, of course, we cannot forget about castles. Ireland and Northern Ireland have many picturesque castles. During our trip in 2017, taking a visit to a few nearby castles really helped to ground us in the history and culture of each place we visited; setting the scene for the significance of a region or offering us reasons why, over time, a railway network might have ventured there. I can’t wait to see if the castle of Ireland and Northern Ireland will offer us the some kinds of insights - as well as provide us with a healthy dose of adventure.
To the international trains!