J3987 : Former Courtaulds factory, Carrickfergus

taken 8 years ago, near to Woodburn and Greenisland, Northern Ireland

Former Courtaulds factory, Carrickfergus
Former Courtaulds factory, Carrickfergus
Courtaulds opened its man-made fibre factory in Carrickfergus in 1951 and closed it in 1981. The premises remain as “Carrickfergus Industrial Centre”. The factory was notable in having its own power station which originally used coal brought by rail from Larne harbour. It was also unusual in having two private industrial steam locomotives used to shunt the coal wagons inside the site. If my memory is correct, there was a suggestion, around 20 years ago, that the power station (by then closed) might be converted to burn domestic waste to produce electricity. Continue to J3986 : Former Courtaulds factory, Carrickfergus (2).
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).
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Thursday, 24 June, 2010   (more nearby)
Thursday, 24 June, 2010
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Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 394 873 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:42.8745N 5:50.2502W
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Irish: geotagged! J 367 868
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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