The Belfast – Bangor railway line :: Shared Description

The Belfast & County Down Railway (BCDR) opened its railway line from Belfast (Queen’s Quay) to Holywood on 2 August 1845. This line was extended to the seaside resort of Bangor by the Belfast Holywood & Bangor Railway (BHBR), which opened on 18 May 1865. The BCDR absorbed the BHBR in 1884.

While double-track throughout, the BCDR always regarded its Bangor line as a branch off the main line to Newcastle. However, creation of the nationalised Ulster Transport Authority (UTA) in 1948 changed matters somewhat as only the Belfast – Bangor line survived the mass closures implemented by the UTA in 1950. The old BCDR Bangor line received a further blow in 1965 when it was isolated from the rest of the Irish railway system by closure of the Belfast Central Railway line from Ballymacarrett Junction (east of Queen’s Quay station) to Central Junction, just west of the former GNR(I) Great Victoria Street station (see: LinkExternal link ). However, on a positive note, introduction of UTA built MED railcars gave Belfast – Bangor the distinction of being the first main railway line in the British Isles to be operated solely by diesel traction.

In 1976, the Belfast Central Railway reopened as part of a project to replace both the GNR(I) Great Victoria Street station and the BCDR Queen’s Quay with a “central” station situated in east Belfast. Today (2013), Belfast – Bangor is an important part of the Northern Ireland Railways’ system, with services to Bangor originating from Portadown or the reinstated Great Victoria Street station. While diesel locomotives may occasionally visit with engineer’s trains, all passenger services are in the hands of Spanish built 3000 or 4000 class railcars.

For photographs of the former line to Newcastle, please see: LinkExternal link . For photographs at Queen's Quay station and Central Services Depot, please go to: LinkExternal link
by The Carlisle Kid
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J5081 : Belfast railway line ground plaque, Bangor (November 2017) by Albert Bridge
J3876 : Renewing the Tillysburn bridge - 2001 by The Carlisle Kid
J4180 : Old station building, Cultra (4) by Albert Bridge
J4582 : Helen's Bay station (7) by Albert Bridge
J3979 : Railway Bridge, Holywood by Rossographer
J3474 : The Lagan railway bridge, Belfast (5) by Albert Bridge
J3474 : The Laganbank Road railway bridge, Belfast (3) by Albert Bridge
J4682 : Former level crossing, Helen's Bay by Albert Bridge
J5081 : Railway vehicle, Bangor station by Rossographer
J4882 : Train approaching Carnalea by Rossographer
J5081 : Car park, Dufferin Avenue, Bangor (2) by Albert Bridge
J4881 : The Thinker - Bangor West station - 1990 by The Carlisle Kid
J3574 : Passenger shelters, Bridge End station, Belfast (1) by Albert Bridge
J4381 : Bangor line ballast train (1976) by Albert Bridge
J4180 : Former station building, Cultra - June 2015(1) by Albert Bridge
J4180 : Old station building, Cultra (1) by Albert Bridge
J3574 : Railway near Bridge End station, Belfast (2011) by Albert Bridge
J4180 : Old station building, Cultra (5) by Albert Bridge
J4882 : Carnalea station, Bangor (2012-3) by Albert Bridge
J4280 : MED at Craigavad station - 1975 - (2) by The Carlisle Kid
J5081 : Train departing, Bangor station by Rossographer
J4882 : Bangor bound train at Carnalea - 1999 by The Carlisle Kid
J4981 : Train leaving Bangor West station - 1987 by The Carlisle Kid
J3775 : Railway trespass advertising, Sydenham, Belfast (August 2017) by Albert Bridge
J3775 : Autumn trees, Sydenham station, Belfast (November 2015) by Albert Bridge

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Created: Tue, 19 Nov 2013, Updated: Sun, 22 Dec 2013

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