J1585 : Steam train near Antrim (September 1983)

taken 36 years ago, near to Antrim, Northern Ireland

Steam train near Antrim (September 1983)
Steam train near Antrim (September 1983)
Preserved ex-GNR(I) steam locomotive no 171 “Slieve Gullion” crossing the Sixmilewater Bridge J1585 : The Sixmilewater railway bridge, Antrim (2012-2) with a Belfast Central – Larne Harbour railtour.
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
Lisburn, Knockmore Jct and Antrim railway
The line between Knockmore Jct and Antrim opened in 1871 with intermediate stations, halts and calling places at Brookmount, Brookhill. Meeting House, Ballinderry, Legatiriff, Glenavy, Crumlin, Aldergrove and Millar’s Bridge. It closed to passengers in 1960 but remained open for cross-Border freight trains to/from Londonderry. A local passenger service, from Lisburn to Antrim serving Ballinderry, Glenavy and Crumlin, was restored in 1974. The signal cabin and junction at Knockmore Jct closed in 1977 with the opening of a third line to Lisburn which included a Knockmore halt at the Ballinderry Road, Lisburn.
Belfast – Londonderry/Portrush trains were diverted to the line in 1978 and used it until 2001. A local passenger service remained until 2003. The line is now “mothballed” with no immediate prospect of re-opening (September 2011).
A Translink press release dated 11 August 2014 included the following: “As part of the works, FP McCann have been carrying out sleeper replacement and fitting insulated block joints, installing new drainage systems and undertaking structural repairs to existing culverts along the line section. Oliver Watts, Project Manager, Translink said, “The main outcome of these works will be to ensure the on-going serviceability of the branch line for safe operational use as a diversion route in the event of an emergency or planned engineering works’. We would remind the public to keep safe and avoid trespassing or to enter the railway environment at all times.” Work on the line is expected to be completed in November.”

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Date Taken
Sunday, 25 September, 1983   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 28 March, 2017
Geographical Context
Place (from Tags)
Antrim (Town) 
Primary Subject of Photo
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 150 858 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:42.4308N 6:12.9895W
Camera Location
Irish: geotagged! J 150 858
View Direction
Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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Train  Steam Train  Steam Locomotive  Railtour  Sixmilewater  Railway Bridge  (RPSI) Railway Preservation Society of Ireland 

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