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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J4180 : Old station building, Cultra (2) by Albert Bridge
J3474 : Car park and railway bridge, Belfast by Albert Bridge
J4180 : Former station building, Cultra - June 2015(2) by Albert Bridge
J3473 : C4K train, Belfast (3) by Albert Bridge
J3775 : Sydenham station, Belfast (2010) by Albert Bridge
J4481 : Steam train, Seahill (1985) by Albert Bridge
J5081 : Withdrawn train, Bangor by Albert Bridge
J3775 : Sydenham station, Belfast 2010 (5) by Albert Bridge
J4882 : Westbound train approaching Carnalea station - 1985 by The Carlisle Kid
J3574 : Train near Bridge End, Belfast (3) by Albert Bridge
J4582 : Sykes banner signal - Helen's Bay station by The Carlisle Kid
J3474 : Sirocco Quays, Belfast (15) by Albert Bridge
J3979 : Train, Holywood bank (August 1983) by Albert Bridge
J3574 : Train. Titanic Quarter, Belfast (May 2018) by Albert Bridge
J3775 : Approaching Sydenham station by Albert Bridge
J5081 : Bangor railway station - 1976 by The Carlisle Kid
J3979 : Bus, Holywood station by Albert Bridge
J4079 : MED at Marino station - 1976 by The Carlisle Kid
J3775 : NIR six-car set, Sydenham, Belfast (October 2015) by Albert Bridge
J5081 : Passenger train leaving Bangor (1987) by The Carlisle Kid
J4582 : Old signal cabin, Helen's Bay station by Albert Bridge
J3775 : Newry train, Sydenham station, Belfast by Albert Bridge
J3474 : Site of former Queen's Quay station, Belfast by Albert Bridge
J4079 : Misty railway bridge, Seapark, Holywood (January 2016) by Albert Bridge
J5081 : Bangor station by Albert Bridge

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

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