Some Early Lines
LNWR & Midland in Ireland
Both the LNWR and the Midland put roots down in Ireland, the former in connection with its steamer service to Greenore (which took passengers to Dundalk where they changed for Dublin or Belfast) and the latter with an extensive system known as the Northern Counties Committee. Both were 5’ 3” gauge. The LNWR line had a separate name, the Dundalk, Newry and Greenore Railway, but its engines (Ramsbottom/Webb 0-6-0 saddle tanks with names) and its six-wheeled coaches were exclusively Crewe built; although this was LNWR owned it later became worked as a branch of the Great Northern Railway (Ireland). The NCC system was much larger, serving Belfast and Londonderry and the port of Larne. There was one secondary line and branch serving Magherafelt and Draperstown via the north shores of Lough Neagh. In addition there were some narrow gauge lines (3’ 0”) including that from Londonderry to Strabane where it met the Midland and GNR(I) jointly owned County Donegal Railways Joint Committee’s tracks went to Donegal town and beyond. This branch was worked by the CDRJC.
Ex-Belfast & Northern Counties Railway 2-4-0 as NCC No.57 Galgorm Castle at Cookstown Junction with a Magherafelt train on 20th June 1938. Locomotive and train are in LMS livery. Note the NCC somersault signal right background. H.C.Casserley