J3373 : Posters - No. 1 Platform - Great Victoria Street station - 2

taken 48 years ago, near to Belfast, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland

Posters - No. 1 Platform - Great Victoria Street station - 2
Posters - No. 1 Platform - Great Victoria Street station - 2
More advertising posters on No. 1 Platform, Great Victoria Street station. The first two at left appear to be promoting British Rail Irish Sea shipping services (sold by the UK Government in 1984 - see: LinkExternal link ), the next advertises Northern Ireland Railways with a view of a train at Downhill strand (see: C7536 : Special train at Downhill ), then a poster for the Belfast - Liverpool ferry (history too complex to be summarised here), Burns & Laird poster for the Belfast - Glasgow ferry (moved to Ardrossan. Closed 1976) and a British Rail poster for Larne - Stranraer (which has also moved, but remains open between Belfast and Cairnryan). The final poster advertises holidays in Northern Ireland.
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

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J3373, 2776 images   (more nearby search)
Date Taken
Saturday, 24 April, 1976   (more nearby)
Thursday, 4 April, 2013
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Historic sites and artefacts  Business, Retail, Services  City, Town centre  Railways 
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Irish: geotagged! J 3345 7374 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:35.6568N 5:56.1664W
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Irish: geotagged! J 3345 7374
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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