Signalling Record Society
Portrush had a signal box by 1884 but the present Northern Counties design signal box dates from 1923. The lever frame remains inside and usable. Some time after regular steam trains ceased the signal box became normally unstaffed, only openeing as required to allow the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland (RPSI) steam excursions to be handled. In 2016 the box officially closed and became a ground frame.
Although the signal box had been redecorated and reglazed, it hadn't taken vandals long to break some of the windows!
|Filmed by:||Phil Graham and John Lacy|
|Filmed in:||2015 and 2016|
|Video Editor:||George Duncan|
|1855||Line constructed and opened by the Ballymena and Portrush Railway.|
|1861||Taken over by the Belfast & Northern Counties Railway.|
|1903||Amalgamated with the Midland Railway and administered by the Northern Counties Committee.|
|1903||Northern Counties Committee became part of the London, Midland & Scottish Railway.|
|1948||Northern Counties Committee transferred to British Transport Commission, Railway Executive.|
|1949||Northern Counties Committee sold to Ulster Transport Authority.|
|1967||Became Ulster Transport Railways.|
|1968||Became Northern Ireland Railways.|
|1996||Translink created to integrate rail with Ulsterbus and Citybus.|
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