Trains lined up at sheds, Adelaide, Co. Antrim.

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Where: Northern Ireland, Belfast, United Kingdom

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When: 01 January 1959

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To start the week we have an O'Dea shot from Co. Antrim to warm us up on a cold and wet July day!

Thanks to Niall McAuley for the location and his notes on the crest which can be seen in through the window of the third engine - see comment below.

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Photographer: James P. O'Dea

Collection: James P. O'Dea

Date: September 05 1959

NLI Ref.: ODEA 15/42

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    • 27/Jul/2015 08:10:17

    Why is it in Location Hunters? Sure it's Adelaide Yard in Belfast. There is a new traincare facility there now.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 27/Jul/2015 08:13:23

    Entrance to Adelaide Station is here

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    • 27/Jul/2015 08:20:36

    The locomotive in the foreground (no. 187) was built in 1913 and was withdrawn from service some time in the 5 years after this photo.

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    • 27/Jul/2015 08:37:54

    Great shot of the shunting yard, great to see working steam engines.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 27/Jul/2015 09:23:42

    Interesting detail: looking through the window of the 3rd loco, I think I see the Red Hand logo of the Ulster Transportation Authority, which was only formed in May 1958, a year or so before this shot. The earlier GNR logo had a smaller Red Hand, surrounded by castles, a ship, a skeleton (?) etc. Edit: the skeleton is from the arms of Derry, the ship from Belfast, 3 of the castles from Dublin

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    • 30/Jul/2015 15:10:24

    I remember steam (proper) trains on the Belfast to Dublin line which ran parallel out of Belfast, to the Lisburn Road. We used to go to see them at Great Victoria Street station. There was a cut-away model of a steam engine in a glass case on the station concourse - it came to life if you invested a penny (12 to the shilling ones) in the slot. There was also a the Belfast County Down line to Bangor from the harbour. York street station with trains to Derry and a line from the end of the Albert Bridge area which ran over to join the Belfast to Dublin line somewhere near the City Hospital. The modern system is now much more integrated I believe.

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    Sean Barden

    • 11/Aug/2015 17:00:26

    Here is a link to a photo taken on 28 December 1959 (about four months after the one here) at the Adelaide yard. Photo taken by Roger Weatherup of Armagh County Museum.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 12/Aug/2015 20:05:35