For such an important city on the island this station looks somewhat modest and unassuming, not quite what one might expect for so fine a city as Belfast. There is certainly plenty of activity there however, with comings and goings (though I have yet to spot a dog!) A virtual left-over Easter Egg to the one who can identify an Easter Bunny chaser!
Photographer: Robert French
Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection
Date: Catalogue range c.1880-1900. Perhaps c.1905 (electric tram lines)
NLI Ref: L_ROY_03861
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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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The Europa Hotel stands there now. Streetview www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/33983532481/in/datepos...
All gone now due to development (or vandalism, depending on your point of view).
IF, you think this is "modest", then you should see Hobart International Airport.
There was also York Street station: And Queen's Quay to the East.
The clock is by SD Neill:
At left is a poster for an Excursion to Newcastle (FAST SPECIAL TRAIN!) on a Wednesday in June, but is it 20th? 30th?
30th was a Wednesday in 1880, 86, 98.
There is another poster for the Annesley Arms Hotel.
This Facebook page suggests the hotel was so named from 1860 through 1900, no help.
A poster makes reference to Great Northern Hotels Rostrevor Warrenpoint. When researching Rostrevor long ago, we concluded that the hotel below was the Mourne Hotel, taken over and renamed the great Northern Hotel in the 1890s, which suggests the later date here:
In comments under another rostrevor shot https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner wrote: Belfast News-letter March 8th 1898 It is stated that the Mourne Hotel, Rostrevor, has been sold to the Great Northern Railway Company for the sum of £14,000, and that it is the intention of the purchasers to expend a large sum of money in improving the hotel.
I think we are looking at 1898, in June.
Although if the poster says June 20th, it would be 1900...
It is post-Dec 1905 - the trams have been electrified.
modest indeed. Most of our railway stations here look like barns compared to this.
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https://www.flickr.com/photos/gerryward Hi Gerry, I have not seen you here for a long time! You are very welcome and good to see you back - if you were away?
It seemed very impressive when I was a kid. Does anybody else remember the cut-away model of a steam engine in a glass case, that came to life when you put a penny (old money) in the slot?
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] Yes, Queen's Quay station was the terminus for the Belfast and County Down Railway with services to Newcastle, Downpatrick and Bangor. The Downpatrick/Newcastle services were stopped but the famous 'Holywood Arches' which carried the line, remained for quite some time before they were removed to leave just the supports. Nearby there is a memorial to CS Lewis who's father was Rector of St Mark's Dundela on the Holywood Road. www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g186470-d4340031-... When I lived in Sydenham we used to take the train from Sydenham Station to Bangor for a day at the seaside. The station is just across the road from Belfast City Airport and Victoria Park where we played.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland I wasn't away - just taking a break!
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https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Nice!