Great Victoria Street railway station – Belfast :: Shared Description

The Ulster Railway Company opened its railway line from Belfast (Glengall Place) to Lisburn in 1839. Designed by John Godwin, the imposing Great Victoria Street station opened in 1849 – Glengall Place and Glengall Street having been renamed at some stage in a fit of patriotic fervour. After the Ulster Railway became part of the Great Northern Railway (Ireland) empire in 1876, some alterations were made to the terminal building including construction of an imposing porte-cochère. Many, including Sir John Betjeman, regarded the building as one of the finest examples of Victorian railway station architecture to be found in the British Isles.

At its height in the years before World War 1, trains left Great Victoria Street for Londonderry (Foyle Road), Enniskillen, Cavan, Bundoran, Warrenpoint, Newcastle, Antrim and Dublin. However, by 1965, services operated only to Lisburn, Portadown and Dublin.

A substantial part of the building was demolished in 1968 to make way for the Europa Hotel. What survived, including the platforms and railway related structures, disappeared following closure of the station on 24 April 1976. Subsequently, the Europa bus station and “skyscraper” office blocks were constructed on the site.

Fortunately, the hideous transport policies of the 1960s and 1970s were eventually recognised as utter folly. Despite initial opposition from Government and another transport provider, Northern Ireland Railways persisted with its plans for reinstatement of a railway line to Great Victoria Street. Designed by Robinson & McIlwain, a new Great Victoria Street station opened for business on 30 September 1995.

This Shared Description covers the area from Central Junction to Great Victoria Street station. For views on the Belfast Central lines, see: LinkExternal link
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J3373 : 80-Class - No. 1 Platform - last day by The Carlisle Kid
J3373 : Gt Victoria Street bus station, Belfast (1990) by Albert Bridge
J3373 : 80-class set - No. 4 Platform - Great Victoria Street station by The Carlisle Kid
J3373 : Gt Victoria Street station, Belfast (4) by Albert Bridge
J3373 : Great Victoria Street station, Belfast (7) by Albert Bridge
J3373 : Posters - No. 1 Platform - Great Victoria Street station - 2 by The Carlisle Kid
J3373 : 80-class & MED - Great Victoria Street station, Belfast by The Carlisle Kid
J3373 : Railway platforms, Belfast by Rossographer
J3373 : Two 80-class sets - Platform 3 & 4 - Great Victoria Street station by The Carlisle Kid
J3373 : Great Victoria Street railway station by The Carlisle Kid
J3373 : Station throat from Platform 2 - Great Victoria Street by The Carlisle Kid
J3373 : Dublin train - No. 2 Platform - last day by The Carlisle Kid
J3373 : Great Victoria Street bus station, Belfast (2) by Albert Bridge
J3273 : New Great Victoria Street station - first steam train by The Carlisle Kid
J3373 : Gt Victoria Street station, Belfast (3) by Albert Bridge
J3373 : 80-class DTSO - No. 4 Platform - Great Victoria Street station by The Carlisle Kid
J3373 : Train, Gt Victoria Street station, Belfast (July 2014) by Albert Bridge
J3373 : No's 1 & 2 Platforms - Great Victoria Street station - 1973 by The Carlisle Kid
J3373 : Station throat - Great Victoria Street station - 1976 by The Carlisle Kid
J3373 : Gt Victoria Street station, Belfast (5) by Albert Bridge
J3373 : MED - No. 1 Platform Great Victoria Street. by The Carlisle Kid
J3373 : Ticket barrier - Great Victoria Street station - final minutes by The Carlisle Kid
J3373 : Great Victoria Street station, Belfast (6) by Albert Bridge
J3373 : Gt Victoria Street  bus station, Belfast (1) by Albert Bridge
J3373 : No. 3 Platform looking towards ticket barrier - Great Victoria Street station by The Carlisle Kid

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Created: Fri, 29 Mar 2013, Updated: Sat, 28 Dec 2013

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