Londonderry and Coleraine Railway

Introduction

This railway forms part of the Belfast to Londonderry line. The route runs west from Coleraine to Londonderry. It is a scenic line, partly coastal.






Dates

  /  /1845Londonderry and Coleraine Railway
Incorporated.
29/12/1852Londonderry and Coleraine Railway
Opened from Londonderry Waterside [1st] via Newtown Junction [Limavady] (station opened 1855) to Newtownlimavady.
18/07/1853Londonderry and Coleraine Railway
Extended from Newtown Junction [Limavady] (station opened 1855) to Coleraine Waterside.
  /  /1855Londonderry and Coleraine Railway
Newtown Junction [Limavady] station opened at the junction.
  /07/1855Magilligan Point Branch (Londonderry and Coleraine Railway)
Opened from Magilligan to Magilligan Point. No Act required.
  /10/1855Magilligan Point Branch (Londonderry and Coleraine Railway)
Closed.
  /  /1859Belfast and Londonderry Railway
Incorporated to link the Ballymena, Ballymoney, Coleraine and Portrush Junction Railway to the Londonderry and Coleraine Railway with a bridge over the River Bann.
19/11/1860Belfast and Londonderry Railway
Opened from Coleraine (Ballymena, Ballymoney, Coleraine and Portrush Junction Railway) over the River Bann Viaduct [1st] (with lifting section) to the Londonderry and Coleraine Railway, swinging over that line to reach it. This short line replaced the L&CR^s Coleraine Waterside terminus and a half mile of line.
  /  /1861Londonderry and Coleraine Railway
Leased by the Belfast and Northern Counties Railway.
  /  /1868Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioners Londonderry and Enniskillen Railway Londonderry and Coleraine Railway Londonderry and Lough Swilly Railway
Lines linked by quayside railway over the double decked Carlisle Bridge [Londonderry] . Access to the line on the lower deck over the Foyle was by means of turnplates.
  /  /1870Londonderry and Coleraine Railway
Newtownlimavady renamed Limavady.
  /  /1871Londonderry and Coleraine Railway
Absorbed by Belfast and Northern Counties Railway.
  /  /1874Londonderry and Coleraine Railway
The original 1852 Londonderry Waterside [1st] station is replaced by Londonderry Waterside [2nd], a new stone built station building with clocktower and trainshed built by the Belfast and Northern Counties Railway.
  /  /1876Londonderry and Coleraine Railway
Newtown Junction [Limavady] renamed Limavady Junction.
  /  /1965Londonderry and Coleraine Railway
Londonderry Waterside [2nd] becomes simply Londonderry (Londonderry [Waterside] [2nd]) with the closure of Londonderry Foyle Road, there now being no other stations for Londonderry.
  /  /1975Londonderry and Coleraine Railway
Londonderry Waterside [2nd] suffers bomb damage.
24/02/1980Londonderry and Coleraine Railway
The bomb damaged 1874 Londonderry [Waterside] [2nd] closed, replaced by Londonderry [Waterside] [3rd].
08/10/2019Londonderry and Coleraine Railway
Londonderry [Waterside] [3rd] closed to allow completion of the new Londonderry station.
21/10/2019Londonderry and Coleraine Railway
Londonderry opens on the site of the 1874 Londonderry [Waterside] [2nd], replacing the 1980 Londonderry [Waterside] [3rd].

Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.

Coleraine to Londonderry

Opened in two portions: Londonderry Waterside [1st] to Limavady in 1852, and Limavady Junction to Coleraine Waterside in 1853.

This station closed in 2019 and has been demolished. It opened in 1980 to replace Londonderry [Waterside] [2nd], which had suffered bomb damage in the 1970s.
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Translink Northern Ireland Railways broad gauge diesel unit No.3002, just arrived from Belfast Great Victoria Street at Londonderry on 30th July 2018. ...
David Bosher 30/7/2018
Interior view of waiting room at the 1980 station at Londonderry, on 2nd August 2018 when my friend John and I were waiting to return to Belfast ...
David Bosher 02/08/2018
The 1980 station at Londonderry alongside the river Foyle, on 2nd August 2018. This station closed the following year when it was replaced by a new ...
David Bosher 02/08/2018

This terminus opened in 2019, re-using the building built in 1874, replacing the Londonderry [Waterside] [3rd] terminus of 1980. In addition to the elegant reconditioned station building (stone built with a clock tower) and trainshed there is an island platform and sidings.
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Translink Northern Ireland Railways unit 3002 just departed from Londonderry with an evening train to Great Victoria Street, Belfast on 30th July ...
David Bosher 18/12/2018
Busy scene at Castlerock station, Northern Ireland, with passengers boarding and alighting from Translink N.I. Railways broad gauge diesel unit no. ...
David Bosher 02/08/2018
Platform scene at Castlerock, Co Londonderry, on 7 May 2011. Note the somersault signal. ...
John Yellowlees 07/05/2011


Limavady Branch

Opened with the line from Londonderry in 1852.