Queen's Quay railway station

Queen's Quay railway station (also referred to as Belfast Queen's Quay) served the east of Belfast in Northern Ireland. It was formerly one of the three terminus railway stations in Belfast. The others were Great Victoria Street, and York Road.

Queen's Quay
Queen's Quay station in 1971.jpg
Queen's Quay station in 1971.
Location
PlaceBelfast
AreaBelfast City
Coordinates54°36′06″N 5°55′03″W / 54.6016°N 5.9174°W / 54.6016; -5.9174Coordinates: 54°36′06″N 5°55′03″W / 54.6016°N 5.9174°W / 54.6016; -5.9174
Operations
Post-groupingNorthern Ireland Railways
Platforms3 at closure (originally 5)
History
1848Station opened by the Belfast, Holywood and Bangor Railway, as Belfast
1850Adjacent station opened by the B&CD
1852Renamed Belfast, Queen's Quay
1884Stations merged
1910-14Station rebuilt
1976Station closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
A B C D–F G H–J K–L M–O P–R S T–V W–Z
As of January 1976
Queen's Quay Bus interchange
Ballymacarrett
Victoria Park
Sydenham
Holywood
Marino
Cultra
Craigavad
closed
1957
Seahill
Helen's Bay
Crawfordsburn
Carnalea
Bangor West
Bangor

HistoryEdit

Belfast and County Down RailwayEdit

Queen's Quay station was opened in 1848 as Belfast[1] and was the terminus of the Belfast, Hollywood & Bangor Railway. The Belfast and County Down Railway opened an adjacent station two years later, both stations merginging after a further two years. At its height, it contained five platforms and operated services to Ardglass, Bangor, Comber, Donaghadee, Downpatrick and Newcastle.

Ulster Transport Authority / Northern Ireland RailwaysEdit

The station and its lines were taken over by the Ulster Transport Authority in 1948, who then set about closing large portions of the County Down network. The lines from Queen's Quay to Ardglass, Comber and Newcastle were withdrawn in January 1950. The line to Donaghadee was then removed in April 1950. This left Queen's Quay for the remainder of its years as a fairly quiet terminus for the suburban services to and from Bangor. The interior of the station suffered extensive damage from bomb attacks as The Troubles took hold in Northern Ireland, leaving it a mostly-empty shell by the 1970s, when Northern Ireland Railways took over the country's rail network.

A connection was provided at Ballymacarrett Junction to the Belfast Central Railway, which linked to the Great Northern Railway of Ireland at Great Victoria Street along a track through the site where Belfast Central station now stands. This was primarily used only for rolling stock transfers and freight workings, and closed in 1965. The connection and railway line was subsequently rebuilt in 1976 to allow Bangor line services to transfer to Belfast Central and run directly through to the rest of the Northern Ireland railway network.

Following closureEdit

Queen's Quay station was closed on 10 April 1976. The rebuilt chord to Belfast Central was brought into operation the next day, and Bangor Line services began to operate into the city centre and through to the Newry Line. The station's train servicing facilities were then converted for use as Northern Ireland Railways' Central Services Depot, primarily for stock stabling and maintenance. This depot closed in 1994 to make way for the Cross-Harbour Rail Link including the Dargan Bridge, linking the Larne Line to Belfast Central, and the M3 flyover.

Today, nothing of the station or the service depot remains. The site itself is mostly buried under the embankment for the M3 flyover, with only a small section of ground used as a tram stop for the station remaining open, now in use as a car park beside the motorway.

ServiceEdit

At its peak, services ran to Comber (where passengers would change for trains to Ardglass, Downpatrick and Newcastle), Donaghadee, and Bangor. Following takeover and subsequent rationalisation by the UTA, this left only the services to Bangor operating into the NIR era, until the station was closed in 1976.

Preceding station     Northern Ireland Railways   Following station
Terminus   Northern Ireland Railways
Belfast-Bangor
  Ballymacarrett
  Ulster Transport Authority
Belfast-Ardglass/Newcastle (until 1950)
  Fraser Street
  Ulster Transport Authority
Belfast-Donaghadee (until 1950)
  Fraser Street

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Belfast, Queen's Quay" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 5 January 2014.