Welcome to the Web Site of   

The Belfast & County Down Railway Company Limited

In association with  The  Belfast & County Down Railway Museum Trust

            'Down' Memory Line

                  The Trust is an Associate Member of the Northern Ireland Museums Council

Index       History of the B.& C.D.R.         Locomotives of the B.& C.D.R.      Trust's Plans       Ballynahinch Branch      

An Irish Railway Challenge       Membership      The Railway at War    Trust PublicationsCounty Down Railway Museum     A Journey in Time

 

Welcome to the Web Site of   

The Belfast & County Down Railway Museum Trust

In association with  The  Belfast & County Down Railway Company Limited

            'Down' Memory Line

            Where the Past is always Present

Index       History of the B.& C.D.R.         Locomotives of the B.& C.D.R.      Trust's Plans       Ballynahinch Branch      

Rolling Stock       Membership      The Railway at War    Trust PublicationsCounty Down Railway Museum     A Journey in Time

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Last updated - 21st August, 2014.

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A number of celebrities have offered us their support.    Please page down for further information.

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SOME OF THE PAGES OF OUR WEB SITE ARE

CURRENTLY BEING UPDATED AND MAY BE BLANK

WHILST THIS PROCESS IS TAKING PLACE.

 

WE HAVE ALSO FOUND THAT SOME OF THE LINKS ON OUR WEB SITE HAVE

AGAIN BEEN MALICIOUSLY DISABLED.

WE ARE WORKING TO HAVE THIS CORRECTED AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.

 

PLEASE ACCEPT OUR SINCERE APOLOGIES FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE.

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For more information and to make a donation please visit:-   www.railwaychildren.org.uk

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The aim of this web site is to promote interest in the history of the former Belfast & County Down Railway, and to allow railway enthusiasts and others to participate in the preservation and restoration of part of its route.

 It is also to provide information about the Trust's plans for the restoration of part of the former main line between Saintfield and Crossgar, as well as the line to Ballynahinch, as a Heritage Railway that will depict as closely as possible the image, the aura, and the character of the Belfast & County Down Railway during its hundred years of operation through the drumlin countryside of County Down.

 

   

What is the B.& C.D.R. Museum Trust?

 

        The Belfast & County Down Railway Museum Trust is a voluntary organisation that was established by a small group of railway enthusiasts in 1972, the primary aim being to preserve relics, artifacts, and photographic material relating to the railways of Ireland in general, and of the former Belfast & County Down Railway in particular. 

        The formation of the Trust was prompted by the loss in the early 1970's of a number of extensive collections of Irish railway archive materials which where not unfortunately protected in any way.   As a safeguard therefore, the Trust was registered through the Northern Ireland Legal system at the time of its formation, thereby giving a guarantee of security to the materials and artifacts within its collection.   The collection is overseen by a Board of Trustees who are charged with the responsibility of ensuring its continued preservation.  

        The day to day running of the Trust, is in the hands of a committee that is made up of members of the Trust who are elected at an A.G.M. each year.   This Committee also has a representative from the Board of Trustees, who acts as the 'Go Between', being the link between the Trustees and the membership. 

        Soon after its formation the Trust proposed the development of a Working Railway Museum using a portion of the track bed of the former Belfast & County Down Railway, and indeed was the first railway preservation organisation in Ireland to promote the idea of an operational railway museum.    The section of line chosen was that between Saintfield and Ballynahinch, which incorporated two miles of the former main line between Rowallane Gardens at Saintfield (The headquarters of the National Trust), and Ballynahinch Junction, and also the 3½ mile branch line from Ballynahinch Junction to Ballynahinch Town.    This portion of the line was chosen in consultation with the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.

        It is still the Trust’s intention, to relay the track between Saintfield and Ballynahinch, only we will be using track to the British and International gauge of 4' 8½", rather than the Irish gauge of 5' 3".

Full details of the Trust's proposed developments, how you can help, and the present state of play can be found on other pages of the web site.   These can be accessed by clicking on the links above.

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To operate services the Trust Committee has agreed to raise the funds necessary to purchase two locomotives that will be suitable for the operation of a line.    These two engines are to be used as a means of providing permanent memorials to members of the British and Allied Armed Services who have fought and died in the various conflicts over the last one hundred years or so.

 

For details of how you can become part of this special tribute please click on one of the the links below.

 

A number of famous celebrities have offered us their support.

 

Please click on this link  Armed Forces Tribute Locomotives for more information.

 

or to Download a brochure

Memorial Locomotive Brochure

 

 

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The Following original items from various English Football Clubs are for sale

Each is an A4 sheet of the club's headed notepaper,

and each contains the autographs of the various squads from the 1985/6 season

Genuine offers in the region of £500 are invited for each of these items

          

                                   ASTON VILLA                                  BIRMINGHAM CITY                               COVENTRY CITY

           

                            CRYSTAL PALACE                                          FULHAM                                                WATFORD

WEST HAM UNITED


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 http://www.forcesdiscount.com

Click on this logo for other ways to support our Armed Forces

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WANTED

 

ALL KINDS OF IRISH RAILWAY MEMORABILIA,

OLD RAILWAY PHOTOGRAPHS,

BOOKS and MAGAZINES  etc.,

 

Particularly anything relating to the

Belfast & County Down Railway

 

FOR  PERMANENT  PRESERVATION

  

PLEASE CONTACT

 

THE B.& C.D.R. MUSEUM TRUST

9 Kilbright Road

Carrowdore

NEWTOWNARDS

Co. DOWN, BT22 2HQ

 

Freephone: 0800 980 1242                        E-mail: trust@bcdr.co.uk

 

All items in our collection are protected for posterity under the terms of our Deed of Trust

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THE LAST TICKETS HAVE BEEN ISSUED, NEWCASTLE HAS SEEN THE LAST 

TRAIN OFF, AND THE SHARP WHISTLE BLASTS THAT DAILY RENT THE 

MORNING STILLNESS HAVE BEEN SILENCED AFTER EIGHTY YEARS.

A shade of sadness cast its sentimental gloom over sweet County Down when the last train passed over the many miles of the serpentine iron ribbon between Newcastle and Comber.

Yes, that train rocked and shook and passed by the hills and dales and vanished like a phantom on its journey into the past, and reminded one of the funeral cortege of a gallant warrior who had served his country well.   Though there was no muffled drum, a death-knell did sound, not from a louvered belfry but from the occasional short blasts from the locomotive whistle, the signal of a duty being performed for the last time.

As those sonorous blasts died away in the evening air, so passed into the limbo of history a major portion of a railway whose embankments and cuttings will perpetuate it in the archaeological future when much of its story will have been long forgotten.

To those of us who remember its heyday, its decline and fall in this age of automotive transport on the highways and byways, the old 'County Down Railway will remain one of our most cherished memories.

 

Reprinted from the

     BELFAST TELEGRAPH

at the closure of the main line of the

Belfast & County Down Railway

on 16th January, 1950.

 

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The following are links to a few other Irish railway sites that our visitors may find of interest.

 

IRISH RAILWAY RECORD SOCIETY   http://www.irrs.ie/

COUNTY DONEGAL RAILWAY RESTORATION LIMITED   http://www.donegalrailway.com/

CAVAN & LEITRIM RAILWAY    http://www.cavanandleitrim.com/

MODEL RAILWAY SOCIETY OF IRELAND   http://www.modelrailways.ie/

SOUTH DUBLIN MODEL RAILWAY CLUB  http://www.sdmrc.hobbysites.net/news.php

IRISH STEAM PRESERVATION SOCIETY   http://www.irishsteam.ie/

ULSTER MODEL RAILWAY CLUB   http://www.ulstermodelrailwayclub.co.uk/

NORTH DOWN MODEL RAILWAY SOCIETY   http://www.ndmrs.co.uk/

STUDIO SCALE MODELS   http://homepage.eircom.net/~studioscale/index.html

FINTOWN RAILWAY    www.antraen.com

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All photographs on this site are copyright, and are not to be copied for re-sale.