J4582 : Steam locomotive no 85, Helen's Bay - June 2014(1)

taken 5 years ago, near to Crawfordburn and Helens Bay, Northern Ireland

Steam locomotive no 85, Helen's Bay - June 2014(1)
Steam locomotive no 85, Helen's Bay - June 2014(1)
As part of the North Down Borough Council’s “Seashore Festival” the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland operated two steam-hauled trains between Belfast Central and Bangor using preserved locomotive no 85 “Merlin” LinkExternal link. The 10.55 from Central is seen passing Helen’s Bay on a day when the weather varied between abysmal and atrocious. J4582 : Steam locomotive no 85, Helen's Bay - June 2014(2) shows the train, in the rain, after passing the station.
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
Trains of the RPSI :: J3474
Formed in 1964, the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland (RPSI) is a registered charity which preserves steam and diesel locomotives and other rolling stock built for the Irish railway system. The RPSI maintains a museum at Whitehead and operates steam-hauled excursions over the present day Irish railway network for families and enthusiasts.
The purpose of this Shared Description is to provide a single reference point for photographs of RPSI trains. All queries regarding past or future RPSI operations should be directed to the RPSI through its web site: LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Saturday, 7 June, 2014   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 7 June, 2014
Geographical Context
Railways  Air, Sky, Weather 
Place (from Tags)
Helens Bay 
Railway (from Tags)
Northern Ireland Railways 
Primary Subject of Photo
Railway 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 457 821 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:39.9872N 5:44.4697W
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Irish: geotagged! J 458 821
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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Railway Station  Train  Steam Train  Steam Locomotive  (RPSI) Railway Preservation Society of Ireland  Translink  Rain 

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