J4159 : Former railway station, Saintfield

taken 10 years ago, 3 km from Saintfield, Northern Ireland

Former railway station, Saintfield
Former railway station, Saintfield
Very much a typical Belfast and County Down Railway station. The line closed in 1950 and was signalled using lower quadrant semaphores. The signal cabin was attached to the station building. Back in the mid-1970s there was a proposal to build a Saintfield bypass here which was countered by a suggestion to re-open part of the line using steam locomotives J4155 : Former Ballynahinch Junction station (1983-2). Both schemes failed to materialise.
The Belfast and County Down Railway

The Belfast and County Down Railway ran from Queens 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
Saturday, 6 October, 2012   (more nearby)
Saturday, 6 October, 2012
Geographical Context
City, Town centre  Railways  Derelict, Disused 
Former (from Tags)
Railway Station 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 410 591 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:27.6643N 5:49.5454W
Camera Location
Irish: geotagged! J 410 590
View Direction
North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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Other Tags
Saintfield  Railway Signal Cabin  Somersault Signal  Railway Signal 

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