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Larne Harbour railway station, Larne, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, serves the ferry port for ferries to Cairnryan. There are also occasional sailings to Douglas, Isle of Man in conjunction with the Isle of Man TT. Sailings to Cairnryan are operated by conventional ships and several crossings a day operate in each direction throughout the year.

Larne Harbour
NI Railways
Larne Harbour railway station 1.jpg
LocationLarne Harbour
Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Coordinates54°50′53″N 5°47′55″W / 54.84806°N 5.79861°W / 54.84806; -5.79861Coordinates: 54°50′53″N 5°47′55″W / 54.84806°N 5.79861°W / 54.84806; -5.79861
Owned byNI Railways
Operated byNI Railways
Platforms2
Construction
Structure typeAt-grade
Key dates
1862Original station opened
1965Goods traffic ceased
1985Current station opened
2012Platforms extended

The station co-exists with the passenger terminus for P&O Ferries ferries offering simple integration for foot passengers. However, this situation is not mirrored at the Scottish terminus of Cairnryan, where the nearest railway station, Stranraer Harbour, is five miles from Cairnryan ferry terminal.

The station was opened on 1 October 1862.[1] It was improved in 1890 by Berkeley Deane Wise to a budget of £3,000 (equivalent to £324,306 in 2018),[2] with a double faced platform, one side serving the broad gauge line from Belfast and the other the narrow gauge from Ballymena, and a clock with two minute hands showing both English and Irish time, which was 25 minutes later.[3]

A C3K train running on the Larne Line alongside Larne Lough heading towards Larne Harbour.

ServiceEdit

This station is the final outbound terminus for services on the Larne Line.

Mondays to Saturdays there is an hourly service to Great Victoria Street with extra services at peak times. Some of those peak services start and terminate at the nearby Larne Town station instead.

On Sundays the service to Great Victoria Street reduces to operating every two hours.

During weekdays the first train leaves here at 5:48am and the last train arrives at 12:20am.

Preceding station     Northern Ireland Railways   Following station
Larne Town   Northern Ireland Railways
Belfast-Larne
  Terminus
  Ferry services
Terminus   P&O Ferries
Ferry
  Stranraer Harbour
(via bus link from Cairnryan[4])
  Historical railways  
Larne Town   Northern Counties Committee
Belfast-Larne
  Terminus

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Larne Harbour station" (PDF). railscot — Irish Railways. Retrieved 8 May 2007.
  2. ^ UK Retail Price Index inflation figures are based on data from Clark, Gregory (2017). "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)". MeasuringWorth. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  3. ^ Currie, JRL, The Northern Counties Railway, Vol 1, David & Charles, 1973.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 October 2013. Retrieved 20 October 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)