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Armagh railway station

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1 March 1848  Station opened
Original company  Ulster Railway
12 June 1889  Armagh rail disaster
Armagh railway station
Location  Armagh, County Armagh Northern Ireland UK
Post-grouping  Great Northern Railway (Ireland)
1865  Newry and Armagh Railway completed
1910  Castleblayney, Keady and Armagh Railway completed
Similar  Richhill railway station, Eastriggs railway station, Templepatrick railway station, Thornhill (Dumfries) railway st, Finningley railway station

Armagh railway station was a railway station that served Armagh in County Armagh, Northern Ireland.

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Development

The Ulster Railway opened Armagh station in 1848, linking the city with Belfast. The Ulster Railway was extended from Armagh to Monaghan in 1858 and Clones in 1863.

The Newry and Armagh Railway (N&A) opened in 1864, and had its own temporary terminus just outside Armagh until it started using the Ulster Railway station in 1865.

The Castleblayney, Keady and Armagh Railway (CK&A) was completed in 1910. In 1876 the Ulster Railway became part of the new Great Northern Railway (GNR), which took over the N&A in 1879 and the CKA in 1911.

Rail disaster

The Armagh rail disaster, which killed 80 people and injured 260, occurred on 12 June 1889 on the N&A line near Armagh. An excursion train had to climb a steep gradient, but the locomotive stalled. The crew decided to divide the train but when they did the rear portion had inadequate brake power and ran back down the gradient, colliding with a following train. Most of the eighty people killed were women. It was previously thought that more children were killed, but most children were saved by jumping out of windows.

Decline and closure

The partition of Ireland in 1922 hastened the railways' decline, and the GNR closed the Keady – Castleblayney section of the CKA in 1923. The GNR withdrew passenger trains from the Armagh – Keady section of the CKA in 1932 and closed the Armagh – Markethill section of the N&A in 1933. The Government of Northern Ireland made the GNR Board close the remaining lines serving Armagh on 1 October 1957: the goods branch from Armagh to Keady and the main line through Armagh from Portadown as far as the border at Glaslough on the way to Monaghan.

Future link to Portadown

There is a possibility of a future reopened railway line to Portadown. Government Minister for the Department for Regional Development, Danny Kennedy MLA indicates railway restoration plans. The Armagh Line has been listed in proposed plans to reopen the line.

References

Armagh railway station Wikipedia


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