Queen’s Quay railway station, Belfast and Central Services Depot :: Shared Description

Situated on the County Down side of the River Lagan, Queen’s Quay station opened in 1848 as the Belfast terminus for the Belfast & County Down Railway (BCDR). The Belfast Holywood & Bangor Railway built a separate terminus in 1865 and this was combined with the BCDR buildings when the two companies merged in 1884. However, the original structures were largely demolished when Queen’s Quay station was extensively rebuilt in 1910-14.
The BCDR was acquired by the Ulster Transport Authority (UTA) in 1948 and Queen’s Quay suffered grievously following closure of the BCDR main line to Newcastle in 1950. In the early 1950s, the UTA removed the overall roof while track to Platform 5 and the surviving locomotive release roads were lifted in the early 1960s. The former BCDR freight sheds were also abandoned.
Formed in 1967, Northern Ireland Railways (NIR) closed Queen’s Quay station on 10 April 1976, services transferring to the new Belfast Central Station. By this time, Queen’s Quay was a pale shadow of its former glory with much internal damage due to terrorist attacks. Although the station was later demolished, the former yards and servicing facilities became Central Services Depot (CSD), being used by NIR for stock storage and railcar maintenance. CSD closed in November 1994 on completion of the cross-harbour rail & road links and the entire Queen’s Quay site is now buried under the M3 motorway.
For the purpose of this Shared Description, Queen’s Quay covers the area out to Ballymacarrett Junction. For photographs of surviving structures on the BCDR line to Newcastle (and branches), see: LinkExternal link . For photographs on the line between Ballymacarrett Junction and Bangor, see: LinkExternal link
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J3474 : Queen's Quay station - interior - 1976 (1) by The Carlisle Kid
J3474 : Queen's Quay station - general view by The Carlisle Kid
J3474 : Queen's Quay station - Platforms 2 & 3 (1) by The Carlisle Kid
J3574 : Queen's Quay station - station to Ballymacarrett Junction (2) by The Carlisle Kid
J3574 : Queen's Quay station - station to Ballymacarrett Junction (5) by The Carlisle Kid
J3474 : Queen's Quay station - interior - 1976 (10) by The Carlisle Kid
J3474 : DH No. 2 in CSD - 1989 by The Carlisle Kid
J3574 : Central Services Depot - September 1994 by The Carlisle Kid
J3474 : Queen's Quay station - interior by The Carlisle Kid
J3474 : Queen's Quay station - interior - 1976 (2) by The Carlisle Kid
J3474 : Queen's Quay railway station by The Carlisle Kid
J3474 : Queen's Quay station - interior - 1976 (11) by The Carlisle Kid
J3474 : Queen's Quay station - interior - 1976 (6) by The Carlisle Kid
J3474 : Queen's Quay station - Platforms 1 & 2 (1) by The Carlisle Kid
J3474 : Queen's Quay station - Platform 2 by The Carlisle Kid
J3474 : MV No. 104 in CSD - 1989 by The Carlisle Kid
J3574 : Queen's Quay station - station to Ballymacarrett Junction (4) by The Carlisle Kid
J3574 : Queen's Quay station - station to Ballymacarrett Junction (3) by The Carlisle Kid
J3574 : CSD - looking East - October 1994 by The Carlisle Kid
J3574 : Queen's Quay station - signal cabin (interior) by The Carlisle Kid
J3474 : Queen's Quay station - interior - 1976 (7) by The Carlisle Kid
J3474 : Queen's Quay station - Platform 3 (2) by The Carlisle Kid
J3474 : Queen's Quay station - 1971 by The Carlisle Kid
J3474 : Queen's Quay station - interior - 1976 (3) by The Carlisle Kid
J3574 : 80-class "Suburban" set at CSD - October 1990 by The Carlisle Kid

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