Bellarena railway station

Bellarena railway station serves the village of Bellarena and the broader Limavady area in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. The current two-platform station was opened in 2016, replacing the original single-platform 1853 station located on the opposite side of the nearby level crossing.

Bellarena
NI Railways
New Station, Bellarena.JPG
The new station under construction in 2016.
LocationBellarena
Northern Ireland
Coordinates55°7′36″N 6°57′6″W / 55.12667°N 6.95167°W / 55.12667; -6.95167Coordinates: 55°7′36″N 6°57′6″W / 55.12667°N 6.95167°W / 55.12667; -6.95167
Owned byNI Railways
Operated byNI Railways
Platforms2
Tracks2
Construction
Structure typeAt-grade
Key dates
1853Opened
1976Closed
1982Re-opened
2016Station moved to new site, passing loop constructed

Original station (1853-2016)Edit

 
One feature Bellarena retains from BNCR days is the station name spelled out in tiles on the building

Bellarena station has served several railway companies since its first opening on 18 July 1853. The original station buildings were erected between 1873 and 1875 to designs by the architect John Lanyon.[1]

It was closed for goods traffic from 4 January 1965, and to passengers from 18 October 1976, but was later re-opened on 28 June 1982.[2]

The original station buildings are now in private ownership and were converted to living quarters in 2005, with the exterior boasting the station's name in a unique tile pattern. The stationmaster's house was renovated in the 1980s.[citation needed]

Current station (2016-present)Edit

 
The original station, opened in 1853 and closed in 2016. The new station is located behind the camera.

In late 2015, work started on a new station at Bellarena, replacing the original 1853 station with one on a new site located on the other side of the adjacent level crossing. The new station opened to traffic on Monday 21 March 2016. Unlike the old station, the new station has two platforms, with a new passing loop replacing the one originally at Castlerock railway station. The original station features are still in existence and can easily be seen from the new station.[citation needed]

ServiceEdit

Mondays to Saturdays there is an hourly service towards Londonderry/Derry Waterside or Belfast Great Victoria Street operated by Northern Ireland Railways.[3]

On Sundays there are 6 trains in each direction.

Preceding station     Northern Ireland Railways   Following station
Castlerock   Northern Ireland Railways
Belfast-Derry
  Londonderry
Waterside
  Historical railways  
Magilligan
Line open, station closed
  Londonderry and Coleraine Railway
Coleraine-Derry
  Limavady Junction
Line open, station closed

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ The Industrial Archaeology of Northern Ireland. William Alan McCutcheon, Northern Ireland. Department of the Environment. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1984
  2. ^ "Bellarena station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Archived (PDF) from the original on 26 September 2007. Retrieved 30 August 2007.
  3. ^ "NIR timetable December 2009" Archived 14 April 2010 at the Wayback Machine