J4791 : Ageing trains, Whitehead (1)

taken 10 years ago, near to Whitehead, Northern Ireland

Ageing trains, Whitehead (1)
Ageing trains, Whitehead (1)
The fleet of 450 (also “Castle”) class diesel electric railcars was introduced in 1986. An economy measure to replace older stock, they were built using new bodies on old ex-BR Mk1 underframes and re-conditioned engines from withdrawn NIR stock dating from the mid-60’s. They will be replaced by a fleet of Spanish-built vehicles due for delivery in 2011-13. The trains are the 10.57 Larne Harbour – Belfast Central (left) and 10.42 Belfast Central – Larne Harbour. J4791 : New trains, Whitehead shows the replacement trains (February 2012).
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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Date Taken
Tuesday, 26 May, 2009   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 27 May, 2009
Geographical Context
City, Town centre  Railways 
Trains > Trains   (more nearby)
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 475 917 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:45.1429N 5:42.5516W
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Irish: geotagged! J 475 918
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