J3675 : Train passing Victoria Park station - 1985

taken 34 years ago, near to Sydenham, Ballymacarret, Ballyhackamore, Queens Island and Ormeau, Northern Ireland

Train passing Victoria Park station - 1985
Train passing Victoria Park station - 1985
On the outskirts of Belfast, Victoria Park station was opened by the Belfast & County Down Railway in 1908 as a "railmotor" halt. It only had one small shelter on the "up" (Belfast platform) side, and this vanished by 1977. Victoria Park closed in 1988, although few trains called by 1985. One of Northern Ireland Railways' "Hunslet" diesel locomotives pushes the 17.37 Bangor - Belfast (Central) passenger service past the halt.
The Belfast – Bangor railway line
The Belfast & County Down Railway (BCDR) opened its railway line from Belfast (Queen’s Quay) to Holywood on 2 August 1845. This line was extended to the seaside resort of Bangor by the Belfast Holywood & Bangor Railway (BHBR), which opened on 18 May 1865. The BCDR absorbed the BHBR in 1884.

While double-track throughout, the BCDR always regarded its Bangor line as a branch off the main line to Newcastle. However, creation of the nationalised Ulster Transport Authority (UTA) in 1948 changed matters somewhat as only the Belfast – Bangor line survived the mass closures implemented by the UTA in 1950. The old BCDR Bangor line received a further blow in 1965 when it was isolated from the rest of the Irish railway system by closure of the Belfast Central Railway line from Ballymacarrett Junction (east of Queen’s Quay station) to Central Junction, just west of the former GNR(I) Great Victoria Street station (see: LinkExternal link ). However, on a positive note, introduction of UTA built MED railcars gave Belfast – Bangor the distinction of being the first main railway line in the British Isles to be operated solely by diesel traction.

In 1976, the Belfast Central Railway reopened as part of a project to replace both the GNR(I) Great Victoria Street station and the BCDR Queen’s Quay with a “central” station situated in east Belfast. Today (2013), Belfast – Bangor is an important part of the Northern Ireland Railways’ system, with services to Bangor originating from Portadown or the reinstated Great Victoria Street station. While diesel locomotives may occasionally visit with engineer’s trains, all passenger services are in the hands of Spanish built 3000 or 4000 class railcars.

For photographs of the former line to Newcastle, please see: LinkExternal link . For photographs at Queen's Quay station and Central Services Depot, please go to: LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Friday, 31 May, 1985   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 17 November, 2013
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Suburb, Urban fringe  Railways 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 366 750 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:36.3165N 5:53.1613W
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Irish: geotagged! J 366 750
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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