C4416 : Some staff - Waterside station (1973)

taken 45 years ago, near to Clooney Park, Londonderry County Borough, Derry and Creggan, Northern Ireland

Some staff - Waterside station (1973)
Some staff - Waterside station (1973)
With both passenger and freight traffic, Waterside in the 1970s was a busy station with a full compliment of drivers, porters, booking clerks - and even a live-in Area Manager. Some of the staff are seen here - from left John Doherty (driver), Johnny Sweeney (shunter) and Inspector William Knox. Johnny Sweeney was a former Great Northern Railway passed-fireman, who transferred to Waterside when Foyle Road closed in 1965. The UTA colours on the 70-class set suggests this photograph was taken in 1973.
Waterside Railway Station – Londonderry/Derry
The Londonderry & Coleraine Railway (L&C) opened its line from Waterside to Limavady Junction in 1852, extending to Coleraine in 1853. From 1861, the L&C was leased to the Belfast & Northern Counties Railway (BNCR), who absorbed the L&C in 1872. No records are known of the original L&C station, but the BNCR commissioned an impressive dressed sandstone structure from John Lanyon, which opened in 1875. In addition to the usual train shed, waiting, booking and refreshment facilities, this building also contained living accommodation, in use up to 1975 when the last resident was Northern Ireland Railways’ then North West Area Manager, Mr Alec Esdale. Unfortunately, the station was bombed in 1972, when the refreshment rooms were destroyed, and again on 22 September 1975 which obliterated the entire centre section.
Northern Ireland Railways closed Lanyon’s station on 24 February 1980, moving to new premises which, while closer to the Craigavon Bridge linking Waterside with the City, is a building of limited architectural merit. However,press reports in March 2014 confirm the station is to be restored and returned to use as a railway terminus: LinkExternal link
More information can be found: LinkExternal link
For the purpose of this Shared Description, Waterside station comprises the area from the 1980 station to the former down distant signal.
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1973   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 19 May, 2013
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Irish: geotagged! C 440 166 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:59.7073N 7:18.7787W
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