Belfast–Bangor line

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Bangor line
Approaching Seahill station - geograph.org.uk - 243422.jpg
NI Railways Class 3000 approaching Seahill.
Overview
Type Commuter rail
Regional rail
Heavy rail
System NI Railways
Status Operational
Locale Northern Ireland
Termini Belfast Great Victoria Street
Bangor
Stations 14
Services Belfast-Bangor
Portadown-Bangor
Lisburn-Bangor (peak only)
Operation
Operator(s) NI Railways
Rolling stock Class 3000 "C3K"
Class 4000 "C4K"
Technical
Number of tracks Double track
Track gauge 1,600 mm (5 ft 3 in)
Electrification Un-electrified
Operating speed 70 mph (110 km/h)
Route number NIR Service 1
Route map
Belfast Great Victoria Street Belfast-Derry railway line Belfast-Larne railway line Belfast-Newry railway line
Belfast-Dublin railway line
to Portadown, Newry, Dublin Connolly
City Hospital Belfast-Derry railway line Belfast-Larne railway line Belfast-Newry railway line
Botanic Tunnel
Botanic Belfast-Derry railway line Belfast-Larne railway line Belfast-Newry railway line
Belfast Central Belfast-Derry railway line Belfast-Dublin railway line Belfast-Larne railway line Belfast-Newry railway line
River Lagan
Belfast-Larne railway line
to Yorkgate, Carrickfergus, Larne Town
and
Belfast-Derry railway line
to Coleraine, Portrush, Londonderry
Titanic Quarter (Bridge End)
Belfast Queen's Quay
Belfast and County Down Railway
to Comber, Ardglass, Newcastle
(dismantled)
Ballymacarrett
Sydenham Airport interchange (Belfast City Airport)
Tillysburn
Holywood
Marino
Cultra
Craigavad
Seahill
Helen's Bay
Crawfordsburn
Carnalea
Bangor West
Bangor

The Belfast to Bangor line (known simply as the Bangor line by NI Railways) is a railway line in Northern Ireland, originally part of the Belfast & County Down Railway. All services are operated by NI Railways, the only operator for Northern Ireland (NI). Unlike the rest of the United Kingdom, no railway in NI is part of the National Rail network and none is owned by Network Rail. Services run every half-hour, with extra services at peak times.[1]

Nearly all NIR services on this line continue on through Great Victoria Street and terminate at Portadown or Newry, stopping at stations in between. Trains usually run between Portadown and Bangor.

Rail Air Link[edit]

The Belfast-Bangor Line is part of the key link into Belfast city centre. Trains run from Belfast Great Victoria Street to Sydenham for planes from George Best Belfast City Airport.

Museum rail access[edit]

The Bangor Line serves important museums including the Ulster Museum where passengers can alight at Botanic and for the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum alight at Cultra.

The Odyssey & Titanic Quarter[edit]

Passengers can alight at Titanic Quarter station for the Odyssey Arena and the Titanic Quarter.

References[edit]

  1. ^ NI Railways: Bangor line timetable Archived 25 July 2010 at the Wayback Machine. Accessed 1 August 2010