J4388 : Train near Kilroot power station, Carrickfergus (June 2014)

taken 5 years ago, near to Eden, Kilroot and Bellahill, Northern Ireland

Train near Kilroot power station, Carrickfergus (June 2014)
Train near Kilroot power station, Carrickfergus (June 2014)
A 5’3” gauge train (the 09.45 Belfast Gt Victoria Street – Larne Harbour (3003)) takes on the appearance of “N” gauge as it approaches the overwhelming bulk of the (now) coal-fired Kilroot power station.
The Belfast - Larne railway
The line between Belfast York Road and Larne Harbour opened as far to Carrickfergus in 1848 and from Carrickfergus to Larne Harbour in 1862. There were stations at Belfast York Road (1848), Greencastle (1849/1916), Whitehouse (old station 1861/1906 replaced by a new station, further north 1906/1954), Whiteabbey (1848), Bleach Green 1934/1977), Jordanstown (by 1853), Trooperslane (by 1850), Mount (1925/72), Carrickfergus (old station 1848/62), Clipperstown (1925), Carrickfergus (1862), Barn (1925/77), Downshire (originally Downshire Park, 1925), Eden (1925/77), Kilroot (1862/77), Whitehead (first station 1863/64), Whitehead (second station 1864/77), Whitehead (1877), Whitehead Excursion (1907), Ballycarry (1862), Ballylig (now Magheramorne, 1862), Glynn (1864), Larne (1862/1974), Larne Town (new alignment, 1974) and Larne Harbour (1862).
York Road station closed in 1992, replaced by Yorkgate (on a different site) as part of the opening of the new cross-harbour line to Belfast Central.
The line between Belfast Central and Bleach Green Jct is also used by trains serving the Londonderry/Portrush lines.

Sources: Irish Railways Today (1967), the Northern Counties Railway (1973) and Johnson’s Atlas & Gazetteer of the Railways of Ireland (1997).
Kilroot power station, Carrickfergus
Kilroot power station was built between 1974 and 1982 with generation starting in 1981. The chimney, at 650ft, is the tallest structure (other than transmitting masts) in Northern Ireland. This link has more information about the station’s history LinkExternal link.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 15 June, 2014   (more nearby)
Sunday, 15 June, 2014
Geographical Context
Energy infrastructure  Coastal  Railways 
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Northern Ireland Railways 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 434 884 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:43.4104N 5:46.4961W
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Irish: geotagged! J 424 881
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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Downshire (Carrickfergus)  Railway  Train  Translink  Power Station  Kilroot Power Station 

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