About 70 passengers including 5 TDs, 2 Senators, and an MEP decided to stage a sit in on the train between Dublin and Belfast. Their actions came as a direct response to the repeated bombing of the line by the Provisional IRA.

Dr. John De Courcey talks about the constant disruption to the line caused by IRA threats. The peace train was a demonstration of opposition to IRA activities on both sides of the border. 

Travelling from Belfast to Dublin, the campaigners for peace had been forced to spend the night in Portadown train station after a bomb hoax stopped the train. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 29 October 1989. The reporter is Gary Honeyford.