The Belfast & County Down Railway Museum Trust

Belfast & County Down Railway
Museum Trust
‘Down’ Memory Line
A Proposed
Heritage Steam Railway
(With a Difference)
Northern Ireland
The Proposal
To restore a portion of the former
Belfast & County Down Railway
to something as close as possible to its
original condition!
But with a twist in the tail!
The Proposal
• Phase 1 - Restoration of
Ballynahinch Junction Station.
• Phase 2 – Ballynahinch Junction to
• Phase 3 – Ballynahinch Junction to
Rowallane Gardens.
• Phase 4 – Ballynahinch Junction to Crossgar.
But not necessarily in that order
This portion of the
Belfast & County
Down Railway?
80% of the
population of
Northern Ireland
live within
50 miles of
• The line will have centres of population at
each terminus!
• It is proposed to link to Rowallane Gardens,
the HQ of the National Trust!
• It is easily accessible from all directions.
• The route is all intact!
• It offers a portion of a main line, as well as a
typical Irish branch line!
Phase 1
Restoration of
Ballynahinch Junction
Ballynahinch Junction in the 1930s
Ballynahinch Junction in the 1940s
Ballynahinch Junction in the 1970s
Ballynahinch Junction in the 1980s
Ballynahinch Junction today
Ballynahinch Junction
Track layout in 1950
Ballynahinch Junction
Proposed Layout
Ballynahinch Junction
Future Proposal
Phase 2
Ballynahinch Junction
Via Creevyargon Halt
The Ballynahinch Branch
Ballynahinch Station in the 1890s
Ballynahinch Station in the 1890s
Ballynahinch Station in the 1930s – with overall roof
Ballynahinch Station Exterior – c1900
Phase 3
Ballynahinch Junction
Saintfield (Rowallane)
This portion of the main line is
approximately 1½ miles in length.
A new station is to be located
adjoining Rowallane Gardens,
which is the Headquarters of the
National Trust in Northern Ireland.
This will be the northern terminus of
the line.
Phase 4
Ballynahinch Junction
The Main Line
Ballynahinch Junction to Crossgar
Aerial view of Crossgar – c1980
Crossgar Station
Is the twist in the tail?
The Trust has chosen to use the
British and International
track gauge of 4’ 81/2”
rather than the standard
Irish track gauge of 5’ 3”.
What is the significance of that
Locomotives and Rolling Stock.
• We will not have to compete with other
Irish preservation groups.
• A wider variety of locomotives and
rolling stock will be available.
• This will be the only line in Ireland that
will be able operate some of the
famous engines from the UK mainland!
• Can you imagine the tourism potential?
What is possible?
Former L.M.S. Class 3F 0-6-0T
Could we bring one to the ‘Junction?
Two of these engines were brought to
Belfast and re-gauged in 1944.
Great Western Railway ‘City of Truro’
Held the world speed record for steam in its day.
Everyone knows ‘Flying Scotsman’
Could it find its way to Ballynahinch Junction in a few years?
The Ballynahinch Branch Diesel Locomotive.
Could we build a replica in the long term?
Original B.& C.D.R. Carriage No. 18.
Using chassis from the UK mainland it would be possible to
restore one or two former B. & C.D.R. carriages.
The same carriage – stored by the Trust for restoration.
Community Involvement
Is essential!
A Planning Application
has been lodged
for Phase 1.
The Development of
Ballynahinch Junction Station

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