BELFAST YORK ROAD
PASSENGER TRAIN SERVICES

[Source: Paul Wright]


At the time of opening Belfast York Road had only 4 arrivals and 5 departures Monday-to-Saturday with 2 arrivals and 3 departures on Sundays. As the railway network expanded more and more services began to operate and the December 1895 timetable showed 24 departures and 26 arrivals Monday-to-Saturday as shown in the table below. On Sundays there were 8 departures and nine arrivals.

Departures December 1895 To Arrivals December 1895 From
6.10am Coleraine 8.35am Ballyclare
6.30am Londonderry Waterside 8.50am Ballymena
8.10am Carrickfergus 9.05am Larne
8.30am Londonderry Waterside 9.14am Larne Harbour
9.30am Larne Harbour 9.35am Carrickfergus
10.15am Londonderry 10.30am Cookstown Junction
10.30am Barryclaire 10.40am Londonderry Waterside
11.30am Carrickfergus 11.10am Larne Harbour
12.30pm Larne Harbour 11.30am Carrickfergus
1.30pm Carrickfergus 12.30pm Carrickfergus
2.30pm Greenisland 1.30pm Carrickfergus
2.50pm Larne Harbour 2.00pm Larne Harbour
3.00pm Londonderry Waterside 2.30pm Londonderry Waterside
3.30pm Londonderry Waterside 2.35pm Carrickfergus
4.30pm Cookstown 3.30pm Cookstown Junction
5.00pm Larne Harbour 4.30pm Carrickfergus
5.10pm Londonderry Waterside 5.35pm Larne
5.30pm Larne Harbour 5.45pm Londonderry Waterside
6.20pm Larne Harbour 6.30pm Carrickfergus
6.30pm Ballymena 6.50pm Londonderry Waterside
7.30pm Carrickfergus 7.05pm Larne Harbour
8.30pm Carrickfergus 7.25pm Greenisland
9.30pm Carrickfergus 8.30pm Carrickfergus
10.45pm Larne 9.00pm Londonderry Waterside
    9.30pm Carrickfergus
    11.00pm Carrickfergus

The July 1922 timetable showed 32 departures Monday-to-Friday and 38 on Saturdays. On Sundays there were 8 departures. This was the period when rail services in Ireland were being disrupted by civil war.

Under the LMS NCC services were improved and their summer 1947 timetable showed 59 departures Monday-to-Friday as shown in the table below.

Departures Summer 1947

To

Arrivals Summer 1947 From

6.05am

Londonderry Waterside

7.10am (Saturdays Excepted) Barn Halt

6.10am (Saturdays Excepted)

Carrickfergus

7.21am (Saturdays Excepted) Greenisland

6.25am

Larne

7.25am (Saturdays Excepted) Larne Harbour

7.15am (Saturdays Excepted)

Kilroot

7.31am (Saturdays Excepted) Cullybackey

7.30am

Ballymena

7.35am (Saturdays Only) Larne Harbour

7.35am

Whitehead

7.41am (Saturdays Excepted) Carrickfergus

7.55am

Larne Harbour

7.47am (Saturdays Excepted) Cullybackey

8.00am

Greenisland

7.49am (Saturdays Only) Carrickfergus

8.15am

Whitehead

7.56am (Saturdays Only) Cullybackey

8.25am

Londonderry Waterside

8.08am Larne

9.00am

Larne

8.23am Larne Harbour

9.10am (Saturdays Only)

Ballymoney

8.33am Cullybackey

9.15am (Saturdays Excepted)

Ballymoney

8.42am Greenisland

9.30am

Carrickfergus

8.46am Larne Harbour

9.50am

Cookstown Junction

8.50am Portrush

10.00am

Larne

9.08am Carrickfergus

10.15am

Londonderry Waterside

9.15am Whitehead

10.30am (Saturdays Excepted)

Kilroot

9.34am Ballymeana

10.30am (Saturdays Only)

Whitehead

9.42am Larne Harbour

11.00am (Saturdays Only)

Larne

9.45am (Saturdays Only) Portrush

11.00am (Saturdays Excepted)

Whitehead

9.50am (Saturdays Excepted) Portrush

11.15am

Londonderry Waterside

9.53am (Saturdays Only) Cookstown Junction

11.30am (Saturdays Only)

Whitehead

10.00am Whitehead

12.05pm

Larne

10.05am Larne Harbour

12.15pm (Saturdays Only)

Cullybackey

10.39am Carrickfergus

12.30pm (Saturdays Excepted)

Carrickfegus

10.50am Londonderry

12.30pm (Saturdays Only)

Larne Harbour

10.55am Larne Harbour

12.35pm (Saturdays Only)

Kilroot

11.43am Kilroot

12.55pm (Saturdays Only)

Portrush

11.50am (Saturdays Excepted) Larne

12.55pm (Saturdays Excepted)

Larne Harbour

11.53am (Saturdays Only) Larne

1.00pm (Saturdays Excepted)

Carrickfergus

12.40pm (Saturdays Only) Whitehead

1.00pm (Saturdays Only)

Larne Harbour

12.43pm (Saturdays Excepted) Whitehead

1.05pm (Saturdays Only)

Whitehead

12.48pm Ballymoney

1.10pm (Saturdays Excepted)

Londonderry Waterside

12.54pm (Saturdays Only) Larne Harbour

1.15pm (Saturdays Only)

Londonderry Waterside

1.22pm (Saturdays Excepted) Larne Harbour

1.20pm (Saturdays Only)

Glaryford

1.30pm (Saturdays Only) Whitehead

1.20pm (Saturdays Excepted)

Ballymena

1.32pm Londonderry

1.30pm (Saturdays Excepted)

Larne

2.00pm (Saturdays Excepted) Carrickfergus

1.30pm (Saturdays Only)

Larne Harbour

2.07pm (Saturdays Only) Kilroot

1.35pm (Saturdays Only)

Whitehead

2.16pm (Saturdays Excepted) Larne Harbour

2.00pm

Carrickfergus

2.19pm (Saturdays Only) Larne Harbour

2.25pm (Saturdays Only)

Portrush

2.25pm (Saturdays Excepted) Greenisland

2.30pm (Saturdays Only)

Whitehead

2.30pm (Saturdays Only) Cullybackey

3.00pm (Saturdays Only)

Larne

2.35pm (Saturdays Only) Cookstown Junction

3.10pm (Saturdays Excepted)

Larne Harbour

2.44pm (Saturdays Only) Whitehead

3.30pm

Whitehead

2.51pm (Saturdays Only) Larne

3.40pm (Saturdays Only)

Portrush

3.03pm (Saturdays Excepted) Carrickfergus

3.40pm (Saturdays Excepted)

Londonderry Waterside

3.15pm (Saturdays Excepted) Portrush

4.00pm

Larne

3.19pm (Saturdays Only) Whitehead

4.10pm

Cookstown Junction

3.50pm (Saturdays Excepted) Londonderry

4.30pm

Whitehead

3.53pm (Saturdays Excepted) Larne

4.55pm (Saturdays Excepted)

Larne Harbour

3.55pm (Saturdays Only) Londonderry

5.00pm (Saturdays Excepted)

Carrick

4.19pm (Saturdays Only) Whitehead

5.00pm (Saturdays Only)

Larne Harbour

4.25pm (Saturdays Excepted) Whitehead

5.10pm (Saturdays Only)

Cullybackey

4.50pm (Saturdays Excepted) Londonderry

5.10pm (Saturdays Excepted)

Portrush

4.50pm (Saturdays Only) Larne

5.20pm (Saturdays Excepted)

Larne Harbour

4.55pm (Saturdays Excepted) Larne

5.25pm

Londonderry Waterside

5.05pm (Saturdays Only) Cookstown Junction

5.30pm

Carrick

5.06pm (Saturdays Excepted) Cookstown Junction

5.35pm (Saturdays Excepted)

Cookstown Junction

5.19pm Whitehead

5.50pm

Larne Harbour

5.48pm (Saturdays Only) Larne

5.55pm (Saturdays Excepted)

Cullybackey

5.52pm (Saturdays Excepted) Larne

6.00pm (Saturdays Excepted)

Larne

6.11pm (Saturdays Excepted) Whitehead

6.05pm (Saturdays Excepted)

Carrick

6.15pm Londonderry

6.05pm (Saturdays Only)

Greenisland

6.24pm (Saturdays Only) Whitehead

6.20pm (Saturdays Excepted)

Londonderry Waterside

6.37pm (Saturdays Only) Cookstown Junction

6.20pm (Saturdays Only)

Cookstown Junction

6.45pm (Saturdays Only) Larne

6.25pm

Larne Harbour

6.46pm (Saturdays Excepted) Kilroot

6.30pm (Saturdays Excepted)

Larne

6.54pm (Saturdays Only) Larne

6.30pm (Saturdays Only)

Whitehead

7.08pm (Saturdays Excepted) Ballymena

6.35pm (Saturdays Excepted)

Ballymeana

7.19pm (Saturdays Only) Whitehead

6.40pm (Saturdays Excepted)

Whitehead

7.23pm (Saturdays Excepted) Greenisland

7.00pm (Saturdays Only)

Larne

7.41pm (Saturdays Excepted) Kilroot

7.10pm (Saturdays Only)

Ballymoney

7.50pm (Saturdays Only) Larne

7.30pm

Whitehead

7.55pm (Saturdays Excepted) Larne

8.00pm (Saturdays Excepted)

Larne Harbour

8.00pm Londonderry

8.00pm (Saturdays Only)

Larne

8.18pm Whitehead

8.05pm (Saturdays Excepted)

Glarryford

8.36pm (Saturdays Excepted) Cookstown Junction

8.25pm (Saturdays Only)

Londonderry Waterside

8.40pm (Saturdays Only) Cookstown Junction

8.30pm

Whitehead

8.53pm (Saturdays Only) Larne Harbour

9.00pm (Saturdays Only)

Larne

8.54pm (Saturdays Excepted) Larne Harbour

9.15pm (Saturdays Excepted)

Larne

9.18pm Portrush

9.30pm (Saturdays Only)

Whitehead

9.19pm (Saturdays Only) Whitehead

9.45pm

Coleraine

9.28pm (Saturdays Excepted) Whitehead

10.00pm

Larne

9.50pm Larne

10.30pm (Saturdays Excepted)

Carrick

10.04pm (Saturdays Only) Dunloy

10.30pm (Saturdays Only)

Whitehead

10.19pm (Saturdays Only) Whitehead

10.40pm (Saturdays Only)

Cullybackey

10.43pm (Saturdays Excepted) Whitehead

10.40pm (Saturdays Excepted)

Ballymena

10.50pm (Saturdays Only) Larne

10.50pm (Saturdays Only)

Cookstown Junction

11.00pm (Saturdays Only) Londonderry

11.15pm

Larne

11.08pm (Saturdays Excepted) Larne
    11.18pm (Saturdays Excepted) Carrickfergus
    11.19pm (Saturdays Only) Whitehead
    12.18am (Saturdays Only) Larne
    12.29am (Saturdays Only) Ballycarry

The level of service shown on the 1947 timetable did not continue after take over by the UTA who closed lines and reduced services.

Trains to Derry/Londonderry continued to run until 1978 after which they were diverted to run to Belfast Central (opened on 12 April 1976) via the former Great Northern Railway of Ireland (GNRI) Lisburn - Antrim branch. This left York Road with only Larne line trains.

In 1980 a stopping service was introduced between York Road and Antrim but it lasted less than a year leaving only the Larne line trains.

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[Source: Paul Wright]




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