You can still get gifts delivered by Dec 24 with Express Shipping

Crawfordsburn Viaduct by oulgundog

Canvas Prints

Size:
$66.87
Available to buy on…


I quote from a great book …The Belfast and County Down Railway by Desmond Coakham …

‘A short distance beyond Clandeboye the railway crossed the picturesque Crawfordsburn Glen on a handsome five arch viaduct of rusticated sandstone. . It spanned 288ft between abutments and rail level was 46ft above the surface of the burn. The last keystone of the viaduct was formally set on 13 February 1864. On the north side othe arch nearest Bangor it carries the Masonic square and dividers above the inscription " this stone was set by WHS Crawford Esq, February 1864.’
………………………………………………………….

When I was a school boy. I had to travel from just outside Holywood to Bangor (Co Down of course) to school, usually by bus, but on occasion by train .. especially if I spotted a steamer on the way as it passed Kinnegar Halt. The bus would stop in Redburn Square, and if I was lucky I had about 60 seconds to run like the clappers into Holywood station ..flash my travel pass at the ticket collector and … jump into the past.. (I still live in the past by the way!) This was the early sixties, and although the line from Belfast to Bangor was mainly diesel stock, sometimes a steam engine and antiquaited carriages where pressed into service if they had breakdown or other problems. I wished for breakdowns everyday! Wonderful old wood panelled compartment carriages with pictures of Northern Ireland on the walls above the upholstered seats and the wonderful fusty smell of age…add that to slide down windows that I could stick my head out and suck in the smoke from the ‘puffer’ up front …heaven! High spot of the trip? …..Crossing Crawfordsburn Viaduct! High over the tops of the woodland .. this was early day adventure park …daring myself and mates to see how long they could look down over edge..eyes shut is chicken! Oh ‘Health and Safety’ how did i survive?

Built in 1864 by the Belfast and County Down Railway, to carry the carry the rich and poor,common folk and lords.
On a foggy morning on the 10th January 1945 there was a fatal accident at Ballymacarrett in East Belfast. A railmotor train from Holywood collided with the 7.10 am train from Bangor which was stopped awaiting a signal change. 22 people were killed and a further 24 people injured. The enquiry into the accident placed the blame on the driver of the railmotor for travelling too fast for the poor visibility and also on the company’s rules relating to the passing of signals at ‘danger’
A railmotor, by the way is a steam engine with a carriage attached .. a bit like a steam bus on rails.
and I do have to say .. I had nothing to do with the accident ..I wasn’t around until 1949

Comments

  • Margaret  Hyde
    Margaret Hydeover 1 year ago

    lovely.

  • Cheers Margaret!

    – oulgundog

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 1 year ago

    A fine shot, this, & fine treatment of same, Steve. And your story is icing on the cake. I could just smell the coal smoke as I read it. AND, it brought back a splendid day in my young life. My mother was an ardent railfan, & when I was about six, she took my sister & me on a daytrip from Niagara Falls to Buffalo. This was in the early ‘50s (I’m a couple of years older than you), & by then, commuter service covering the 15 or 20 miles between the two cities was the province of a Budd Car known locally as ‘The Bee-liner’. Mom figured this was a good way to get us on a ‘train’ of sorts until such time as we could make a longer, more official trip, & off we went. When we arrived at the Niagara Falls station, however, the Bee-liner was nowhere to be seen. It had broken down, & in its place was a steamer with two coaches coupled on. My mother was BESIDE HERSELF with GLEE… I’ll never forget her face as she gazed upon this huffing, chuffing hunk of serendipity, & it was a ride I’ll never forget. The Bee-liner was still down when we returned from Buffalo after a few hours of perambulating in the Big City, so our ride home was equally edifying!! I was hooked from that moment on, &, of course, I ended up marrying a guy with similar eccentricities…. So ~ thanks for this great image AND for the memories!

  • Ah Sheila thats a fine memory especially with your mother..wonderful. I favourited that link to the Budd cars ..thank yiu.. love that stuff. I would have loved to have been on that steamer. We have a couple of Steam transport museums here and they still run day trips. One I took the kids on at Christmas .. must be some 15 years ago …had the carriage used in the Film about ‘Micheal Collins’ .We were last on and had to sit in a section with wooden seats and very basic painted and aged decor. All the other passengers had avoided it…..as it turned out, this was where Liam Neeson sat to shoot that scene. My claim to fame .. I sat in Liam Neesons seat!lol

    – oulgundog

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 1 year ago

    On the heels of our exchange here, with visions of steam locomotives dancing in my head, I posted this shot of Nickel Plate 765 after some fun-with-editing…. Think you’ll enjoy the pic & the commentary, especially as 765’s is a real success story! Still chugging, often at decent speeds!!

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynover 1 year ago

    UAUUUUUUUUU DESCRIPTION MAGNIFIC !

desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait

10%off for joining

the Redbubble mailing list

Receive exclusive deals and awesome artist news and content right to your inbox. Free for your convenience.