Downshire railway station

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NI Railways
Downshire railway station in 2008.jpg
A Class 450 train departs Platform 1 in the Belfast direction, 2008.
Location Carrickfergus
Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Coordinates 54°43′16″N 5°47′25″W / 54.72111°N 5.79028°W / 54.72111; -5.79028Coordinates: 54°43′16″N 5°47′25″W / 54.72111°N 5.79028°W / 54.72111; -5.79028
Owned by NI Railways
Operated by NI Railways
Platforms 2
Structure type At-grade
Key dates
1925 Station opened as Downshire Park
1979 Station renamed to Downshire
2008 Station refurbished
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Downshire railway station serves eastern Carrickfergus in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

This station opened on 1 April 1925 and was known for most of its early life as Downshire Park. Northern Ireland Railways renamed the halt in the late 1970s.[1] The station's signposts prior to the 2008 refurbishment named the station as "Downshire Halt", a name by which the station is still locally known.

The Belfast-bound platform was extended during summer 2011 to allow longer trains to operate. The Larne-bound platform was similarly refurbished in early 2012.[2]


On weekdays, there is a half-hourly service to Great Victoria Street. In the other direction, there is a half-hourly service with the terminus alternating between Whitehead and Larne Harbour every half an hour.

On Saturdays, the service remains half-hourly with the same alternating pattern, and there are less peak services.

On Sundays, the service reduces to hourly operation in both directions.

Preceding station   NIR logo.svg Northern Ireland Railways   Following station
Carrickfergus   Northern Ireland Railways
Historical railways
Line open, station closed
  Northern Counties Committee
Line open, station closed


  1. ^ "Downshire Park" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2008-05-08. 
  2. ^ "NI Railways Engineering Works Information". Translink. 2011-07-04. Retrieved 2012-06-13.