Castlerock railway station

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Castlerock
NI Railways
Castlerock railway station.jpg
Castlerock station in 2009, prior to the line being singled.
Location Castlerock
Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Coordinates 55°9′55″N 6°47′13″W / 55.16528°N 6.78694°W / 55.16528; -6.78694Coordinates: 55°9′55″N 6°47′13″W / 55.16528°N 6.78694°W / 55.16528; -6.78694
Owned by NI Railways
Operated by NI Railways
Platforms 1
Construction
Structure type At-grade
Key dates
1853 Opened
1970 New signalbox opened
2008 Refurbished
2016 Passing loop removed, signalbox closed
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Route map
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Port of Belfast
Cross Harbour Rail Link
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Belfast York Road
York Road depot
Whiteabbey Belfast-Larne railway line (Weekdays only, twice daily)
Belfast-Larne railway line
to Carrickfergus, Whitehead, Larne Town
Belfast-Derry railway line
via Greenisland
(dismantled)
Monkstown
Mossley
Mossley West
Ballyclare Junction
Ballyclare branch line
to Lisnalinchy, Ballyclare
(dismantled)
Ballyrobert
Doagh
Templepatrick
Dunadry
Muckamore
Lisburn-Antrim railway line
to Crumlin, Knockmore, Lisburn
(disused)
Antrim
Cookstown Junction
Cookstown branch line
to Randalstown, Cookstown
(dismantled)
Kellswater
Andraid
Ballymena and Larne Railway
to Kells, Kilwaughter, Larne Town
(dismantled)
Ballymena
Ballymena, Cushendall and Red Bay Railway
to Rathkenny, Parkmore, Retreat
(dismantled)
Cullybackey
Glarryford
Killagan
Dunloy
Ballymoney
Ballycastle Railway
to Dervock, Armoy, Ballycastle
(dismantled)
Derry Central Railway
to Garvagh, Kilrea, Magherafelt
(dismantled)
Macfin
Coleraine Coleraine-Portrush railway line
Coleraine-Portrush railway line
to University, Dhu Varren, Portrush
River Bann
Barmouth
Castlerock
Castlerock Tunnel
Downhill Tunnel
Downhill
Umbra
Magilligan
Bellarena
River Roe
Limavady Railway
to Limavady, Dungiven
(dismantled)
Limavady Junction
Ballykelly
Carrichue
Faughanvale
Eglinton
River Faughan
Londonderry Waterside

Castlerock railway station serves the villages of Castlerock, Articlave and their surrounding hamlets in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Walkers use the station to reach Mussenden Temple, Downhill Strand and Benone.

The station opened on 18 July 1853[1] and was built to a design by the architect Charles Lanyon. It comprised a single-storey red brick on the 'up' platform. There is a modern two storey addition to this in a similar style.[2]

As part of works to upgrade the Coleraine-Derry railway line, the passing loop at Castlerock station was discontinued and replaced with a new loop at Bellarena. The station signalbox - the last full-time mechanical signalbox on the NIR network, and the last to use block tokens - was subsequently closed on 2 November 2016.[3] The down platform, despite receiving a complete refurbishment two years prior, has now been taken out of service and the track lifted. All services calling at Castlerock now use the former up platform.

Service

Trains crossing at Castlerock in 2016. The down platform on the left has now been taken out of service and no longer has a running track.

Mondays to Saturdays there is a two hourly service towards Londonderry or Belfast Great Victoria Street operated by Northern Ireland Railways.

On Sundays there are 6 trains in each direction.

Preceding station   NIR logo.svg Northern Ireland Railways   Following station
Coleraine   Northern Ireland Railways
Belfast-Derry
  Bellarena
  Historical railways  
Barmouth
Line open, station closed
  Londonderry and Coleraine Railway
Coleraine-Derry
  Downhill
Line open, station closed

References

  1. ^ "Castlerock station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-08-30. 
  2. ^ The Industrial Archaeology of Northern Ireland. William Alan McCutcheon, Northern Ireland. Department of the Environment. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1984
  3. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-foyle-west-37857587


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