Antrim railway station

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Antrim
NI Railways
Antrim Station - geograph.org.uk - 603505.jpg
LocationAntrim
Northern Ireland
Coordinates54°43′06″N 6°12′41″W / 54.7182°N 6.2115°W / 54.7182; -6.2115Coordinates: 54°43′06″N 6°12′41″W / 54.7182°N 6.2115°W / 54.7182; -6.2115
Owned byNI Railways
Operated byNI Railways
Platforms3
Tracks3
Construction
Structure typeAt-grade
Key dates
11 April 1848Station opens
1871Station renamed Antrim Junction
by July 1922Renamed Antrim
1965Goods traffic ceased
2008Refurbished

Antrim railway station serves Antrim in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

The station currently serves trains on the Belfast to Derry line via Bleach Green and Yorkgate station. Until 2003, Belfast-Derry trains reached here by means of the Lisburn-Antrim railway line, however, this line was mothballed after re-opening of the Bleach Green line. There is still the old platform for the Lisburn-Antrim line but has been cut back to allow room, on the other side of a fence, for the bus stands. The possibility of reopening it as a circular route, with a halt at Aldergrove for Belfast International Airport has been discussed. The station has undergone a major refurbishment to become an integrated bus and rail hub. In total, the station had 4 platforms. One is completely disused, two in use and one that has been shortened and rarely used.

History[edit]

Antrim station was opened by the Belfast and Ballymena Railway on 11 April 1848.[1] It was originally operated by the Midland Railway Northern Counties Committee. They provided sidings on the up side of the station, serving the Showgrounds. These sidings also contained a goods store, stabling block, stationmaster's house, office and weighbridge.

The station buildings at Antrim were rebuilt in 1901–02 to designs by the architect Berkeley Deane Wise. It was built in a red-brick, mock-Tudor design. The footbridge was built by Walter MacFarlane's Saracen Foundry in Glasgow.[2]

The main station buildings were on the down platform, and the signal box was at the Belfast end of the same platform. There was a bay at the back of the down line platform for branch line trains, and also on this side of the main line were the locomotive sheds, turntable, goods store, and sidings.

The station was run by the Ulster Transport Authority from 1948 to 1968, then part of Northern Ireland Railways. Since 1996 the station has been part of Translink.

The station itself used to also have a Station Masters House and Goods Yards. The last known Station Master of Antrim Railway Station (Antrim Junction) was a Mr Cupples. At its peak Antrim Railway Station was an important station linking many core routes now removed via its station.

The Station Masters House can still be seen (from outside). It has now been transformed into a health centre.

Service[edit]

On Mondays to Saturdays, there is an hourly service to Great Victoria Street. In the other direction, there is an hourly service Londonderry Waterside,with the last service terminating at Coleraine.

On Sundays, services alternate between Londonderry or Portrush and the last service terminating at Coleraine. In the other direction there is an hourly service to Great Victoria street.

The 3rd platform for the Crumlin line is not signposted and hasn't been in passenger service since a diversion from the Bleach Green Line years ago.[when?]

Preceding station   NIR logo.svg Northern Ireland Railways   Following station
Mossley West   Northern Ireland Railways
Belfast-Derry
  Ballymena
Disused railways
Crumlin   Northern Ireland Railways
Lisburn-Antrim
  Terminus
  Proposed  
Templepatrick   Northern Ireland Railways
Belfast-Derry
  Ballymena
  Historical railways  
Muckamore
Line open, station closed
  Belfast and Ballymena Railway
York Road-Ballymena
  Cookstown Junction
Line open, station closed

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Antrim" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Archived (PDF) from the original on 26 September 2007. Retrieved 27 August 2007.
  2. ^ The Industrial Archaeology of Northern Ireland. William Alan McCutcheon, Northern Ireland. Department of the Environment. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1984
  • Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199.
  • Jowett, Alan (2000). Jowett's Nationalised Railway Atlas (1st ed.). Penryn, Cornwall: Atlantic Transport Publishers. ISBN 978-0-906899-99-1. OCLC 228266687.