J4974 : Old railway, Newtownards (1)

taken 10 years ago, near to Drumhirk, Conlig and Newtownards, Northern Ireland

Old railway, Newtownards (1)
Old railway, Newtownards (1)
61 years after the Belfast and County Down lines from Belfast to Donaghadee (via Comber and Newtownards) closed there are few visible signs that Newtownards ever had a railway.
This part of the course of the line survives on the western side of the Bangor Road. Post-closure vegetation makes it look like an embankment but the 1963 one-inch map shows it as a cutting.
J4974 : Old railway, Newtownards (2) shows the course of the line on the other side of the road.
The Belfast and County Down Railway

The Belfast and County Down Railway ran from Queen’s Quay station in Belfast to Castlewellan via Comber, Downpatrick and Newcastle. There were also lines from Comber to Donaghadee via Newtownards, Belfast to Bangor and branches from Ballynahinch Jct to Ballynahinch and Downpatrick to Ardglass. The lines opened between 1848 and 1892. All closed by 1950 except for Castlewellan – Newcastle which survived until 1955 as part of the GNR(I) route from Belfast via Banbridge and the Bangor line which remains open but from Belfast Central.

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Date Taken
Thursday, 11 August, 2011   (more nearby)
Thursday, 11 August, 2011
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City, Town centre  Railways 
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Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 495 746 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:35.8924N 5:41.1774W
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Irish: geotagged! J 496 746
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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