J4498 : Spoil train at Magheramorne

taken 45 years ago, near to Duffstown and Magheramorne, Northern Ireland

Spoil train at Magheramorne
Spoil train at Magheramorne
In 1974, Northern Ireland Railways was awarded a contract for the haulage of spoil from Magheramorne to the construction site for an oil terminal at Cloghan Point near Kilroot power station. Commencing on 7 October 1974 and using wagons from the steam hauled spoil contract of the late 1960s, these trains were generally in the hands of an NIR 101 class diesel locomotive. The contract ended without ceremony on 22 August 1975. 101 class Bo-Bo No. 102 "Falcon" (now preserved at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum) pulls out of Magheramorne heading for Cloghan.
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).

Magheramorne spoil heap, Larne Lough :: J4598

The spoil heap, at Magheramorne, on the western side of Larne Lough beside the Carrickfergus – Larne road, is a result of many years of cement production and limestone quarrying. The Ordnance Survey Memoirs (1830/40) suggest that Ballylig limeworks started burning lime in 1804 and that (at the time of the survey) up to 150 men were employed during the summer. They report 130,000 barrels of limestone being exported in some 340 ships. Production of cement seems to have started around the time of WW1 and ended in 1989. The quarry supplied the stone used in building the M2 foreshore motorway from Greencastle to Whitla Street, Belfast. There are now plans for a major development of “eco-friendly” houses on the heap. Note: this description and series of photographs appear as a matter of record only. I have no connection with Lafarge or any group(s) opposed to the plans. The caption and photographs should not be interpreted as expressing any opinion for or against the scheme. There is also a plan to convert the disused quarry) on the other side of the road) for leisure use.

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Date Taken
Saturday, 21 June, 1975   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 11 June, 2013
Geographical Context
Quarrying, Mining  Business, Retail, Services  Railways 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 441 984 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:48.7626N 5:45.5578W
Camera Location
Irish: geotagged! J 441 984
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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