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Irish Railway Links



Belfast & County Down Railway Museum Trust


The Trust was formed in 1972 with the aim of preserving artefacts, photographs and paraphernalia relating to the railways of Ireland in general and, the Belfast & County Down Railway in particular; from which it takes its name.


Downpatrick Steam Railway and Museum


A working museum based on the site of the Downpatrick terminus of the Belfast & Co. Down Railway.  Visitors can experience travelling on a full sized train from the terminus in Downpatrick out into the surrounding countryside.


First Bangor Model Railway Club


First Bangor Model Railway Club was formed in 1989. It is a church organization connected to First Bangor Presbyterian Church in Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland. Today it is an active and well known club attending many shows and exhibitions across the land.


Irish Railway News


MSN group devoted to Irish Railway matters past and present.


Irish Railway Record Society


Formed in 1946 the Irish Railway Record Society aims, through its Journal, to record all the goings on in Ireland’s railways.


The Railway Preservation Society of Ireland


A registered charity formed in 1964 to operate and preserve in working order steam locomotives and coaches which were disappearing rapidly from the Irish Railway system.  Today the Society owns and operates a fleet of nine steam locomotives and around 20 vintage carriages on public trains. 


Ulster Folk & Transport Museum

Based at Cultra in North Down this museum contains Ireland's largest transport collection. The General Transport Galleries take you through the history of transport from before the introduction of the wheel to flight, along the way marking Northern Ireland's unique contribution. Includes many BCDR artefacts.



Railway Search Sites



Heritage Railway Association


A guide to the entire heritage railway scene in the UK and Ireland, including details of special events and operating days for all steam railways.


iRail Railway Search Engine

The best place to find the railway sites you want!


Link Rail


World-wide railway links including Irish section.


Railway Register


The Railway Register aims to list all railway related websites in Britain and Ireland. You will find somewhere between three and four thousand links listed here, divided into 22 categories. 




Dundonald Related Links



Dundonald Baptist Church


Website for Dundonald’s Baptist church.


Dundonald Elim Church


Website for Dundonald’s Elim church.


Dundonald International Ice Bowl


The home of Northern Ireland's only Olympic size Ice Rink, biggest Ten Pin Bowling Alley and best indoor adventure play-world Indiana Land.


Dundonald Methodist Church


Website for Dundonald’s Methodist church.


Dundonald Presbyterian Church


Website for Dundonald’s Presbyterian church.


Dundonald Primary School


The website for Dundonald Primary School also includes a page covering the history of the school inspired as they look forward to a new building.


St. Elizabeth’s Church of Ireland


Website for Dundonald Parish Church.





The Linen Hall Library


The Linen Hall Library Belfast. Founded in 1788, it is the oldest library in Belfast. It is one of the leading centres for Irish and Local Studies in the North of Ireland.


Northern Ireland Libraries


Home page for the Public Libraries of Northern Ireland. Libraries of particular interest to those researching local history include:


  • Belfast, Ulster and Irish Studies, Belfast Central Library, Royal Avenue, Belfast
  • The Newpaper Library, Library Street, Belfast
  • Local Studies Department, Library Headquarters, Ballynahinch


(See also South Eastern Library Board homepage)


Public Records Office of Northern Ireland


The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) is the official place of deposit for public records in Northern Ireland. They hold many records from the BCDR under the Ulster Transport Authority collection.


National Library of Ireland


Excellent online catalogues of their extensive collection of historic Irish photographs.


St. Andrews University Special Collections - Photographic database


St Andrews University Library holds one of the largest and most important collections of historic photography in Scotland. This includes an archive of Picture Postcards by Valentines of Dundee. They have many scenes from Northern Ireland in their on-line database.


White Row Press


Dundonald based publishing firm whose titles include ‘A Most Unpretending of Places – A History of Dundonald, County Down’ by Peter Carr.