The Anonymous Widower

A Circular Walk In Derry

In Derry, I took the following circular walking route.

  • I crossed the double-deck bridge Craigavon Bridge, that is South of the station.
  • I  walked along the Western bank of the River Foyle, stopping  at the SFoyleside hopping Centre to pick up a sandwich.
  • I crossed the Peace Bridge.
  • I walked back to the station on the Eastern bank of the River Foyle.

If it had been a bit warmer, I would have probably spent more time on an explore.

But after taking these pictures, a warm train beckoned.

I shall return in the summer sun!

November 29, 2017 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , | Leave a comment

A Train Trip From Belfast To Derry

Note that I use Derry in the title of this post. This is nothing to do with politics, but just practicality, as it is shorter.

I don’t like towns and cities with dual names, as it makes things difficult for visitors. I wrote about it in Bilingual Signs.

I took these pictures on the way.

The trip along the Belfast to Derry Line is a good one and the train was comfortable.

The line is being improved, with plans including.

  • An improved station at Derry.
  • Faster line speeds.
  • Removal of single track sections of the line.
  • A possible station at Eglinton Airport.

In my view, the route needs an increased train frequency of perhaps two trains per hour.

Just looking at the population of Derry City as a few thousand over a hundred thousand, it would appear to need at least this frequency.

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A Train Trip From Belfast To Bangor

I took the train to Bangor and took these pictures.

Note the excellent breakfast at The Heatherlea Cafe in Bangor.

Northern Ireland Railways seem to be improving the service along the Belfast to Bangor Line.

In England, an equivalent line would be Merseyrail’s service between Liverpool and Southport.

  • Both lines are important commuter and leisure routes.
  • Both serve important tourist destinations.
  • Both run along the water.
  • Both have a big city at one end and a properous town at the other.

The big difference is that Merseyrail’s line has a regular four trains per hour service and the Irish line doesn’t.

If ever a line was calling out for this level of service it is Belfast to Bangor.

 

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