J3373 : Gt Victoria Street station, Belfast (2)

taken 47 years ago, near to Shankill, Belfast County Borough, Beal Feirste, Springfield and Skegoneill, Northern Ireland

Gt Victoria Street station, Belfast (2)
Gt Victoria Street station, Belfast (2)
See J3373 : A Station Reopens. What remained of the original Gt Victoria Street station after losing part to the buses J3373 : Gt Victoria Street bus station, Belfast and after several bomb attacks. Today’s station stops short of the Boyne Bridge J3373 : The Boyne Bridge, Belfast (top left) and has two island platforms. The train is the 11.30 “Enterprise” to Dublin (Dublin trains now avoid Gt Victoria Street and use Central station J3473 : Central station, Belfast instead). See also J3273 : The Third Line, Belfast and continue to J3373 : Gt Victoria Street station, Belfast (3).
Great Victoria Street railway station – Belfast

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

Murray's Whitehall (Erinmore) tobacco factory, Belfast

A building once familiar to many generations of railway passengers arriving at Gt Victoria Street station. The offices, dating from 1900, were built to a design by Watt and Tulloch. There was a much later factory extension which backed onto the railway and station. The business closed in 2005. The extension was demolished and the offices extensively renovated and restored. The office building is of considerable architectural significance. Now called “Murray’s Exchange”.

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Date Taken
Tuesday, 1 April, 1975   (more nearby)
Sunday, 21 December, 2008
Geographical Context
City, Town centre  Railways 
Railway station   (more nearby)
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 333 737 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:35.6742N 5:56.2398W
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Irish: geotagged! J 333 737
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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