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Where: Northern Ireland, Belfast, United Kingdom

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When: 26 September 1959

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Members of the Irish Railway Record Society at York Road Station, Belfast. The I.R.R.S. was formed just 13 years before this photo was taken.

Believe that the new(ish) Yorkgate station was built on this site. if anyone could confirm that, it'd be great (or if you have any information on York Road station as it was at the time this photo was taken, it'd be very welcome too). Anybody able to identify people in the photo will go straight to the top of the class! Doesn't look as if the I.R.R.S. was inundated with female members at this time...

Date: 26 September 1959

NLI Ref.: ODEA16/55


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    • 15/Nov/2011 10:56:40

    Another beauty NLI, a record of a time as well as of a railway! The schoolboy in uniform with the skullcap and bag on his back, the lad in the blazer striking a pose with his braces showing, the bellows cameras neatly folded away on the two gentlemen on the right, just wonderful. As regards the ladies? They were at home doing what they should do--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- planning the feminist revolution!!!!!

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    • 15/Nov/2011 12:27:22 Ná bí dána! ;) It is gorgeous, isn't it? And everyone looks so delighted to be there...

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    • 16/Nov/2011 03:25:40

    "Doesn't look as if the I.R.R.S. was inundated with female members at this time..." Who wouldn't love to meet one of these fine looking gentlemen?

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    • 16/Nov/2011 12:44:02[email protected] Nah! trains and all that, it's a boy's thing and guilty as charged. We should be so grateful for the IRRS that they have preserved so much.

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    • 14/Dec/2011 14:53:58

    It's the old York Rd station, which was closed in the 1980s. The site is now a train depot, but there is nowadays an adjacent York Gate station. I'll show this photo to some people who might know the individuals, some I know a bit myself!

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    • 12/Nov/2012 19:16:09

    [] Hello and thanks for adding the note. I think you're dead right about Joe St. Leger from Cork. I found this photo in a great set dedicated to Joe St. Leger, and I certainly think it's the same gentleman...

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    • 01/Feb/2013 21:17:40

    In response to PaganTree, the train is diesel railcar No.4, built by the Northern Counties Commitee company at York Rd works in 1938, it survived until 1969 when it was destroyed by vandals! The IRRS party travelled by this special train to Cookstown Jct and Kilrea before returning to Belfast and back home to Dublin.

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    • 06/Feb/2013 12:06:35 Thank you for fielding that question! I always have to run away in the face of direct technical train questions :)

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    • 28/Mar/2013 18:50:09 Thanks!