J4681 : MED approaching Crawfordsburn station - 1975

taken 44 years ago, near to Crawfordburn, Helens Bay and Bangor, Northern Ireland

MED approaching Crawfordsburn station - 1975
MED approaching Crawfordsburn station - 1975
A UTA built MED set approaches Crawfordsburn station with a passenger service from Belfast (Queen's Quay) to Bangor. At this time, the station (such as it was) still carried the name "Crawfordsburn Hospital", later reduced to simply Crawfordsburn. Note that the bridge used as the vantage point for J4681 : Train leaving Crawfordsburn station - 1983 and J4681 : Locomotive hauled passenger train approaching Crawfordsburn station - 1990 was a substantial stone structure.
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
Crawfordsburn Country Park
A country park located on the southern shores of Belfast Lough close to Helen's Bay. The park features beaches and a wooded glen which travels inland to a waterfall close to the village of Crawfordsburn. The park is managed by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency.
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J4681, 356 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Sunday, 8 June, 1975   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 26 November, 2013
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Park and Public Gardens  Business, Retail, Services  Suburb, Urban fringe  Railways 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 469 818 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:39.7997N 5:43.3827W
Camera Location
Irish: geotagged! J 470 818
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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