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Limavady in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
 

Limavady Railway

Welcome to the Backburn Path

 
 
Limavady Railway Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 17, 2012
1. Limavady Railway Marker
Inscription.

In the early 1900s, Northern Ireland Railways were at their peak. They allowed fast and efficient transport of goods, mail and promoted local seaside resorts. They also established standard time.

From the early 1920s, road and air transport began to replace the railways so that by the end of the 1950s the majority of our local lines had been closed.

Rapid growth of the flax industry in the area led to an increasing demand for fast and efficient export of flax and linen to the large spinning and weaving mills of Belfast, and so the line opened in July 1883.

The steepest gradient and sharpest curve both occurred at Drumaduff Moss, where the train screeched and scraped along the line and often got completely stuck.

Never making a profit, the railway was sold to the Northern Counties Committee in 1907.

Passenger services were withdrawn in 1933 and only one goods train ran daily. The last train ran from Dungiven to Limavady on 8th July 1950. The Limavady Railway ran through here, mostly parallel to the Castle River, with stations at Ardmore, Drumsurn and Derryork. Although the line was removed, remnants of the line can be found around Limavady. You would have been able to see the Station from where you stand now, with trains arriving and leaving from the platforms.
 
Location.
Map on Limavady Railway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, 1947
2. Map on Limavady Railway Marker
[Photo caption reads]Map of local railway lines in 1947. Courtesy of National Museums Northern Ireland
55° 3.202′ N, 6° 56.871′ W. Marker is in Limavady, Northern Ireland, in County Londonderry. Marker is on Alexander Road just south of Ballyclose Street (A371), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in the park that runs along Alexander Road. Marker is at or near this postal address: 23 Alexander Road, Limavady, Northern Ireland BT49 0BW, United Kingdom.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. Jane Ross and "Danny Boy" (approx. 0.3 kilometers away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Limavady Heritage Trail - Railways. (Submitted on December 23, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Dungiven to Limavady Line. (Submitted on December 23, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Blackburn Path Plan Finalised (2008). (Submitted on December 23, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Maps on Limavady Railway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, undated
3. Maps on Limavady Railway Marker
[Photo caption reads] Ordnance Survey Map, Limavady, 1904 [on right, and Blackburn Path map on left]
Limavady Railway Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 17, 2012
4. Limavady Railway Marker
Looking southeast along former rail corridor
Limavady Railway Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 17, 2012
5. Limavady Railway Marker
Looking northwest toward Ballyclose Street
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 399 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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