The Belfast – Bangor railway line :: Shared Description

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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J3675 : Train passing Victoria Park station - 1985 by The Carlisle Kid
J3775 : Train and war memorial, Sydenham, Belfast by Albert Bridge
J3775 : Sydenham station, Belfast 2010 (2) by Albert Bridge
J4981 : Railway crossover, Bangor by Albert Bridge
J4180 : Cultra railway halt [2] by Rossographer
J4582 : Bridge at Helen's Bay station - 1971 by The Carlisle Kid
J4681 : Railway viaduct, Crawfordsburn Glen [1] by Rossographer
J3474 : Railway arch, Belfast by Albert Bridge
J4582 : Special train approaching Helen's Bay station by The Carlisle Kid
J4881 : Locomotive 101 at Bangor West - 1990 (2) by The Carlisle Kid
J4582 : Train approaching Helen's Bay station - 1988 by The Carlisle Kid
J5081 : Bangor rail/bus centre - 2001 (3) by The Carlisle Kid
J3979 : Bus substitution - Holywood station - 2001 by The Carlisle Kid
J4180 : Former station building, Cultra - September 2015(2) by Albert Bridge
J4180 : Train, Cultra station by Albert Bridge
J4582 : Helen's Bay signal cabin - interior - 1971 by The Carlisle Kid
J3474 : "Bushmills" advertisement, Belfast by Albert Bridge
J3775 : Two trains, Sydenham station, Belfast (March 2015) by Albert Bridge
J4681 : MED approaching Crawfordsburn station - 1975 by The Carlisle Kid
J5081 : Railway crossover, Bangor station by Albert Bridge
J4981 : Railway signal, Bangor by Albert Bridge
J4781 : Belfast bound train at Crawfordsburn - March 1975 by The Carlisle Kid
J4079 : Marino station by Albert Bridge
J3474 : Bus and railway bridge, Belfast (November 2014) by Albert Bridge
J4180 : Footbridge, Cultra station by Albert Bridge

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Created: Tue, 19 Nov 2013, Updated: Sun, 22 Dec 2013

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