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Around 300 people on halted steam train for over two hour

Around 300 people spent just over two hours on a halted steam train that was travelling between Dublin and Co Wexford, following reports of gorse fires nearby.

The train departed Connolly Station in Dublin city at around 11am and was due to arrive in Rosslare at around 1.40pm.

However, the train was brought to a stop at around 1pm near Rathnew in Co Wicklow.

Today’s service was sold out and around 300 passengers are understood to currently be on board.

A diesel train arrived shortly after 3pm sent by Irish Rail to assist with passengers.

The steam train service is operated by the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland (RPSI), and not Irish Rail.

Wicklow County Fire Service said it attended incidents close to the rail line this afternoon.

The line has been closed between Greystones and Wicklow.

This has resulted in delays to regular Rosslare services.

Irish Rail said Rosslare to Connolly and Connoly to Rosslare services will operate as bus transfers from Bray/Greystones and a train from Greystones/Rosslare.

Bus services are honouring rail tickets in the affected area.

According to the RPSI website, the Sea Breeze service is hauled by steam locomotive No.131 which offers passengers views of tunnels, cliffsides, beaches, forests and rivers as it travels from Dublin to Wexford.

A passenger on board the train told RTÉ News that the situation was calm as they await the arrival of the Irish Rail train.

RTÉ News has contacted the RPSI for a statement regarding the situation.

Reporting: Harry Manning

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