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
by The Carlisle Kid
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J3474 : Pre-Laganside view, Belfast by Albert Bridge
J4882 : Carnalea station, Bangor (2012-5) by Albert Bridge
J3979 : Railway bridge, Holywood (2) by Albert Bridge
J3775 : Train, Sydenham, Belfast (October 2017) by Albert Bridge
J3979 : Railway at Holywood by Albert Bridge
J3574 : Bridge End station, Belfast (2) by Albert Bridge
J4180 : Railbus at Cultra by Albert Bridge
J3775 : Sydenham station, Belfast 2010 (3) by Albert Bridge
J4882 : Carnalea railway halt by Rossographer
J4882 : Railway bridge, Carnalea [1] by Rossographer
J3474 : Railway and "Obel", Belfast by Albert Bridge
J3574 : Titanic Quarter station, Belfast (5) by Albert Bridge
J4882 : Underpass, Carnalea railway halt by Rossographer
J3979 : Railway bridge, Holywood (3) by Albert Bridge
J3979 : Train, the Holywood bank by Albert Bridge
J3474 : Approaching Belfast Central by Albert Bridge
J4180 : The Belfast-Bangor line at Cultra by Albert Bridge
J3876 : Train and trees, Tillysburn, Belfast by Albert Bridge
J4180 : Cultra station (redevelopment) - March 2017(2) by Albert Bridge
J5081 : Car park, Dufferin Avenue, Bangor (1) by Albert Bridge
J4881 : Bangor West station, Northern Ireland Railways by Albert Bridge
J3473 : 17:02 to Bangor by Rossographer
J3474 : Bridge End, Belfast by Albert Bridge
J3979 : Railway subway, Holywood by Albert Bridge
J4981 : 80-class set approaching Bangor station - 1977 by The Carlisle Kid

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

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