The new top-of-the-range road locomotive takes visitors on a 30-minute guided tour of the city, which dates back to the sixth century and has been designated as the UK City of Culture for 2013.
The journey incorporates all the key sites around Derry~Londonderry in a fun and unique experience.
On board is a hi-tech audio visual system which showcases the many famous sons and daughters of the city, plays locally composed music and highlights the wide variety of festivals and activities Derry~Londonderry has to offer.
The city’s 1,500 years of history are also explored as the train makes its way around key landmarks including the 17th-century walls and gates, the architecturally impressive Guildhall, historic St Columb’s Cathedral and the riverfront.
Tour guides provide additional information, telling stories, recounting legends and explaining the history and many contradictions of this fascinating city, as well as providing a touch of the famous Irish ‘craic’.
The train is carrying the ni2012 Your Time, Our Place colours to promote the fantastic programme of events happening throughout Northern Ireland as part of the ni2012 initiative.
Event highlights include the Peace One Day concert coming up in June and the Clipper Homecoming and Maritime Festival which will take place in July, both in Derry~Londonderry.
In 2013 the city will present an exciting year-long line-up of top quality events to celebrate its tenure as the UK City of Culture.
Among the highlights of the year will be the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann (Festival of Music in Ireland), the biggest traditional music festival in the world, and the Turner Prize, the most important event in the UK’s contemporary art calendar.
John Murphy, Manager of the LegenDerry Roadtrain, says: “We want to make the city centre of Derry~Londonderry more accessible to all ages and abilities and help visitors to become aware of how much there is to do and see in this great city.”