Ulster Railway

Introduction

This line built by this former railway company forms a part of the Belfast to Dublin main line, the northern portion between Belfast Great Victoria Street and Portadown. The later built portion of the Ulster Railway from Portadown to Clones is closed.






Dates

  /  /1839Ulster Railway
Incorporated.
12/08/1839Ulster Railway
Opened from Belfast [Glengall Place] to Lisburn. Contractor William Dargan. The gauge was 6ft 2in.
18/11/1841Ulster Railway
Extended from Lisburn to Lurgan.
31/01/1842Ulster Railway
Extended from Lurgan to Seagoe (temporary terminus).
12/09/1842Ulster Railway
Extended from Seagoe to Portadown [1st] (east side of the River Bann).
  /  /1845Ulster Railway
New Act re-authorised Portadown [1st] to Armagh.
  /  /1847Portadown and Dungannon Railway
Authorised. Supported by the Ulster Railway.
  /  /1847Ulster Railway
Original track converted to 5ft 3in.
  /01/1847Ulster Railway
Doubled with the addition of a single track of 5ft 3in gauge, initially used for goods.
  /  /1848Ulster Railway
Portadown [2nd] replaces the Portadown [1st] terminus (further to the north east over the River Bann). Line extended through Portadown [2nd] to Armagh. (The Portadown [1st] building survives for some years, passed on its north side by the extension.)
  /  /1849Ulster Railway
Portadown Junction to Armagh doubled.
06/01/1852Dublin and Belfast Junction Railway
Isolated portion opened south from Portadown Junction (Ulster Railway) to a temporary terminus, Newry Armagh Road (later Mullaghglass or Mullaglass).
  /  /1854Ulster Railway
Belfast [Glengall Place] renamed Belfast Victoria Street.
  /  /1855Cavan Branch (Dundalk and Enniskillen Railway)
Branch from Clones to Cavan authorised. The line was subscribed to by the Ulster Railway, Dublin and Drogheda Railway and Dublin and Belfast Junction Railway.
  /  /1855Ulster Railway
Extension from Armagh to Monaghan authorised.
  /  /1856Ulster Railway
Extension from Monaghan to Clones authorised.
  /  /1856Ulster Railway
Belfast Victoria Street renamed Belfast Great Victoria Street.
  /  /1858Ulster Railway
Armagh to Monaghan opened.
05/04/1858Portadown and Dungannon Railway
Opened from Portadown Junction (Ulster Railway) to Dungannon [1st].
  /  /1863Ulster Railway
Monaghan to Clones opened. The original Monaghan station, left on a short branch by the extension, is replaced. Double track used throughout.
  /  /1863Ulster Railway
Portadown [3rd] opens by the site of the original Portadown [1st] (probably demolished at this time). Portadown [2nd] closed.
  /  /1863Banbridge, Lisburn and Belfast Railway
Opened from Knockmore Junction (Ulster Railway) to Banbridge (Banbridge Junction Railway).
  /  /1864Belfast Central Railway
Incorporated. Plans included a railway linking the Ulster Railway, Belfast and Northern Counties Railway and Belfast and County Down Railway lines and a central station on Victoria Street.
  /  /1871Dublin and Antrim Junction Railway
Opened from Knockmore Junction (Ulster Railway) to Antrim.
  /  /1874Dungannon and Cookstown Railway
Incorporated. Supported by Ulster Railway and Portadown, Dungannon and Omagh Railway.
  /  /1874Belfast Central Railway
Opened to goods and minerals from Central Junction [Belfast] (also known as Ulster Junction with the Ulster Railway) to East Bridge Junction (branch to Queen's Bridge on the west bank of the River Laggan) and Ballymacarrett Junction (Belfast and County Down Railway) and Abercorn Basin.
  /  /1876Portadown, Dungannon and Omagh Railway
Absorbed by Ulster Railway.
  /  /1876Ulster Railway
Absorbed by Great Northern Railway [Ireland].
  /  /1901Ulster Railway
Portadown [3rd] rebuilt as a four platform station.
  /  /1909Ulster Railway
Adelaide Marshalling Yard opened.
  /  /1911Ulster Railway
Adelaide Shed opened, replacing the older shed at Belfast Great Victoria Street, alongside Adelaide Marshalling Yard. The older shed^s site allowed expansion of Grosvenor Road Goods.
  /  /1932Ulster Railway
Monaghan to Clones singled.
  /  /1934Ulster Railway
Richhill to Armagh singled.
  /  /1942Ulster Railway
Brownstown Metal Box Factory opened at Brownstown Crossing (south of Portadown Junction).
01/10/1957Ulster Railway
Passenger trains from Portadown to Monaghan withdrawn. Closed from south of Brownstown Crossing to Glaslough. Northern portion kept as a siding and for access to the Brownstown Metal Box Factory.
14/10/1957Ulster Railway
Monaghan to Clones closed to passengers.
  /  /1958Ulster Railway
Glaslough to Monaghan closed.
01/01/1960Ulster Railway
Monaghan to Clones closed.
  /  /1965Ulster Railway
Grosvenor Road Goods closes.
14/02/1965Ulster Railway
Closed from Portadown Junction to Brownstown Crossing and Brownstown Metal Box Factory.
  /  /1970Ulster Railway
Portadown - Craigavon West opened on the site of Portadown [2nd], Portadown [3rd] closed.
26/04/1976Ulster Railway
Belfast Great Victoria Street closed, replaced by Belfast Central.
  /  /1980Ulster Railway
[Date uncertain] Portadown - Craigavon West renamed Portadown.
30/09/1995Ulster Railway
Belfast Great Victoria Street re-opened. A new north to east curve connected the station to the Belfast Central Railway.

Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.

Belfast to Portadown

Translink Northern Ireland Railways unit no. 3015 on the right departing from Great Victoria Street station, Belfast with the 12.45 service to Larne ...
David Bosher 30/07/2018
Translink Northern Ireland Railways unit no. 3015 just arrived at Great Victoria Street station, Belfast after its journey from Londonderry, at ...
David Bosher 02/08/2018
Translink Northern Ireland Railways diesel unit no. 4020 at Great Victoria Street station, Belfast waiting to depart with a service to Portadown, on ...
David Bosher 30/07/2018
Translink Northern Ireland Railways broad gauge (5 ft. 3 ins.) diesel unit no. 3002 at Great Victoria Street, Belfast, waiting to depart with the ...
David Bosher 30/07/2018
A quiet period on Adelaide shed, Belfast, in August 1965, finds ^S^ Class 4-4-0 no 171 relaxing in the yard. ...
K A Gray 28/08/1965
No 37 stands on Belfast^s Adelaide shed on 26 August 1965. ...
K A Gray 26/08/1965
No 49 photographed on Adelaide shed, South Belfast, in August 1965. ...
K A Gray 26/08/1965
^S^ Class 4-4-0 no 171 stands in the sunshine on Adelaide shed, South Belfast, in the summer of 1965. ...
K A Gray 28/08/1965
A westbound NIR DEMU approaches Adelaide station in Belfast in February 1988. ...
John McIntyre /02/1988
Looking west at Adelaide station in Belfast in February 1988. The station was originally opened as Adelaide and Windsor until 1935. A container train ...
John McIntyre /02/1988
CIE GM Diesel no 181 shunts in the yard at Adelaide in Belfast in February 1988. ...
John McIntyre /02/1988
No 51 with an up empty stock train passing Adelaide station on 28 August 1965. ...
K A Gray 28/08/1965
A Belfast - Portadown train enters Lambeg station in July 1986. ...
John McIntyre /07/1986
A southbound NIR DMU departs from Lambeg, County Antrim, in July 1986. The train is heading for Lisburn with a Belfast to Portadown service. ...
John McIntyre /07/1986
The RPSI operated former GNRI 4-4-0 no 85 Merlin photographed heading west from Lisburn station, Northern Ireland, with a railtour in October ...
John McIntyre /10/1987
No 48 stands at Lurgan in August 1965 with a train to Belfast Great Victoria Street. ...
K A Gray 28/08/1965

This station was a terminus for the line from Belfast. Nothing remains of the terminus. It was located on the east bank of the River Bann and was approached from the north east. It closed with extension of the line to Armagh in 1848, the extension passing to the north of the terminus and a new...

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No 48 runs light engine through Portadown station in the summer of 1965. [Ref query 4553] ...
K A Gray 28/08/1965
No 48 photographed standing just outside Portadown station in the summer of 1965, with the driver having a word with the signalman in Portadown North ...
K A Gray 28/08/1965
No 56 calls at Portadown station on 29 August 1965 with the 8.55am Belfast Great Victoria Street - Dublin service. ...
K A Gray 29/08/1965
No 56 takes water at Portadown in August 1965 with the 8.55am Belfast (Great Victoria Street) - Dublin train. ...
K A Gray 29/08/1965

This junction as to the south west of the present Portadown station, on the main line from Belfast to Dublin. It was the junction, in 1852, between the Ulster Railway^s Belfast to Armagh line and the Dublin and Belfast Junction Railway. From 1858 it was also the junction for the...

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Portadown Junction to Clones

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This junction as to the south west of the present Portadown station, on the main line from Belfast to Dublin. It was the junction, in 1852, between the Ulster Railway^s Belfast to Armagh line and the Dublin and Belfast Junction Railway. From 1858 it was also the junction for the...

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