The History of the Belfast Central Line

Rob Phipps, BA, MSc, PGCE

NEW START DATE New Year 2024

10 weekly sessions on Wednesdays 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm, starting 17 January

The Belfast Central Line in Belfast, was opened in 1874, sold to the Great Northern Railway (Ireland) in 1885 and after falling into disrepair in the 1960s, was reopened in 1976 and remains at the heart of the Northern Ireland rail network. This course will cover its origins in the early 1860s and follow its chequered history up to today. It will include a consideration of the economy of Belfast in the 1860s and particularly the role of the Town Council and Harbour Commissioners. It will examine how small railway companies were financed and managed, and, with particular reference to the Belfast Central Railway Company, how small companies 'fought' with their bigger rivals for survival. It will also reflect on the changing railway infrastructure in Belfast today.

Fee £86.00 (concession rate £56.00)

10 CATS Points (Level 1)

This class will take place on QUB campus

Concession: The concession rate is available for those who are in receipt of State Benefits (including pension), or are full-time students, part or full-time Queen’s students or are members of University staff holding a valid staff card:


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