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Belfast Central Railway Station – Welcome To Belfast

Belfast Central Railway Station – Welcome To Belfast
Belfast Central Railway Station   Welcome To Belfast

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Despite the name of the station, it is significantly further from Belfast city centre than Great Victoria Street station but as the city is very compact this is not a real issue.

Belfast Central is a railway station serving the city of Belfast in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It is one of the four stations located in Belfast City Centre, the others being Great Victoria Street, City Hospital and Botanic.

Located on East Bridge Street in the city, Central is the northern terminus of the cross border Enterprise service to Dublin Connolly, which runs every two hours. As well as this service, Central is also served by Northern Ireland Railways, which operates routes to other locations in Northern Ireland, including Derry, Bangor, Portadown and Larne.
Regular services also operate between Central and the city’s other main station: Great Victoria Street. Intending passengers travelling to and from Central are at present, upon presentation of a valid rail ticket, permitted to travel at no cost on Belfast’s Metro service to the city centre (I did not know about this option).

Platform 1 is used by southbound trains from Derry or Portrush on their way to Great Victoria Street. Platform 2 tends to be used for Enterpise services to Dublin. Platform 3 is a bi-directional platform used for northbound trains heading to Derry, Portrush and Bangor, and by trains coming from Bangor on route to Portadown via Great Victoria Street and Platform 4 is used for trains terminating off the Larne Line.

Enterprise Express Service To Belfast (inside the train)

Enterprise Express Service To Belfast (inside the train)
Enterprise Express Service To Belfast (inside the train)

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Enterprise is the name of the cross-border inter-city train service between Dublin Connolly in the Republic of Ireland and Belfast Central in Northern Ireland and is jointly operated by Iarnród Éireann (IE) and NI Railways (NIR).

Each Push-pull trainset consists of seven coaches and a 201 Class locomotive. Originally, the 28 coaches were delivered as four sets of seven, but entered service as three sets of eight, while a total of four locomotives, two from each operator, were allocated to Enterprise. The coaches were manufactured by De Dietrich Ferroviaire, while the locomotives are from GM-EMD; ownership of the rolling stock is jointly shared between both operators, however coach maintenance is provided by NIR and the locomotives are maintained by IE. The coaching stock is based on the Class 373 EMU stock used by Eurostar, with the interiors identical. However, unlike the EMU stock, which is articulated and permanently coupled, the stock used by Enterprise is ordinary coaching stock.

The service has suffered from a lack of reliability of the locomotives, which provides head end power to the train; unlike IÉ’s Dublin-Cork services, which operate with the locomotive operating with a generator control car that provides power for lighting and heating the train, the Enterprise fleet is equipped with an ordinary control car, which has no power generating capability. This means that the locomotive has to provide all the power for the train, both motive and generating. Extended operation in this mode causes damage, so four further locomotives were allocated to Enterprise from the central IÉ fleet. However, this still required locomotives to be used in HEP mode. So, in May 2009, the Minister for Regional Development in Northern Ireland requested an estimate for the provision of generator functions for the existing rolling stock so that head-end power mode would no longer be needed. The withdrawal of IÉ’s Mark 3 coaching fleet saw a large number of generator vans become available. One of these was tested with the Enterprise set stranded at Inchicore following the Broadmeadow Viaduct collapse. This vehicle, along with four others, was then earmarked for conversion to operate with the De Dietrich stock coaches.

In the event that an Enterprise set is unavailable, either NIR’s "Gatwick" stock rake of coaches or an IÉ set can be used on the service. Additionally, both NIR and IÉ have equipped six each of their newest DMUs (C3K and 22000) to each other’s specifications so they may also be used on this route in the event of a breakdown.

Enterprise Express Service To Belfast (The Fields Are Yellow)

Enterprise Express Service To Belfast (The Fields Are Yellow)
Enterprise Express Service To Belfast (The Fields Are Yellow)

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Because of the twin layers of glass in the windows it is impossible to take photographs that are not distorted because of reflections. This particular shot happened by accident.

Enterprise is the name of the cross-border inter-city train service between Dublin Connolly in the Republic of Ireland and Belfast Central in Northern Ireland and is jointly operated by Iarnród Éireann (IE) and NI Railways (NIR).

Each Push-pull trainset consists of seven coaches and a 201 Class locomotive. Originally, the 28 coaches were delivered as four sets of seven, but entered service as three sets of eight, while a total of four locomotives, two from each operator, were allocated to Enterprise. The coaches were manufactured by De Dietrich Ferroviaire, while the locomotives are from GM-EMD; ownership of the rolling stock is jointly shared between both operators, however coach maintenance is provided by NIR and the locomotives are maintained by IE. The coaching stock is based on the Class 373 EMU stock used by Eurostar, with the interiors identical. However, unlike the EMU stock, which is articulated and permanently coupled, the stock used by Enterprise is ordinary coaching stock.

The service has suffered from a lack of reliability of the locomotives, which provides head end power to the train; unlike IÉ’s Dublin-Cork services, which operate with the locomotive operating with a generator control car that provides power for lighting and heating the train, the Enterprise fleet is equipped with an ordinary control car, which has no power generating capability. This means that the locomotive has to provide all the power for the train, both motive and generating. Extended operation in this mode causes damage, so four further locomotives were allocated to Enterprise from the central IÉ fleet. However, this still required locomotives to be used in HEP mode. So, in May 2009, the Minister for Regional Development in Northern Ireland requested an estimate for the provision of generator functions for the existing rolling stock so that head-end power mode would no longer be needed. The withdrawal of IÉ’s Mark 3 coaching fleet saw a large number of generator vans become available. One of these was tested with the Enterprise set stranded at Inchicore following the Broadmeadow Viaduct collapse. This vehicle, along with four others, was then earmarked for conversion to operate with the De Dietrich stock coaches.

In the event that an Enterprise set is unavailable, either NIR’s "Gatwick" stock rake of coaches or an IÉ set can be used on the service. Additionally, both NIR and IÉ have equipped six each of their newest DMUs (C3K and 22000) to each other’s specifications so they may also be used on this route in the event of a breakdown.

Enterprise Express Service To Belfast (we are stopped at Dundalk)

Enterprise Express Service To Belfast (we are stopped at Dundalk)
Enterprise Express Service To Belfast (we are stopped at Dundalk)

Image by infomatique
Because of the twin layers of glass in the windows it is impossible to take photographs that are not distorted because of reflections.

Enterprise is the name of the cross-border inter-city train service between Dublin Connolly in the Republic of Ireland and Belfast Central in Northern Ireland and is jointly operated by Iarnród Éireann (IE) and NI Railways (NIR).

Each Push-pull trainset consists of seven coaches and a 201 Class locomotive. Originally, the 28 coaches were delivered as four sets of seven, but entered service as three sets of eight, while a total of four locomotives, two from each operator, were allocated to Enterprise. The coaches were manufactured by De Dietrich Ferroviaire, while the locomotives are from GM-EMD; ownership of the rolling stock is jointly shared between both operators, however coach maintenance is provided by NIR and the locomotives are maintained by IE. The coaching stock is based on the Class 373 EMU stock used by Eurostar, with the interiors identical. However, unlike the EMU stock, which is articulated and permanently coupled, the stock used by Enterprise is ordinary coaching stock.

The service has suffered from a lack of reliability of the locomotives, which provides head end power to the train; unlike IÉ’s Dublin-Cork services, which operate with the locomotive operating with a generator control car that provides power for lighting and heating the train, the Enterprise fleet is equipped with an ordinary control car, which has no power generating capability. This means that the locomotive has to provide all the power for the train, both motive and generating. Extended operation in this mode causes damage, so four further locomotives were allocated to Enterprise from the central IÉ fleet. However, this still required locomotives to be used in HEP mode. So, in May 2009, the Minister for Regional Development in Northern Ireland requested an estimate for the provision of generator functions for the existing rolling stock so that head-end power mode would no longer be needed. The withdrawal of IÉ’s Mark 3 coaching fleet saw a large number of generator vans become available. One of these was tested with the Enterprise set stranded at Inchicore following the Broadmeadow Viaduct collapse. This vehicle, along with four others, was then earmarked for conversion to operate with the De Dietrich stock coaches.

In the event that an Enterprise set is unavailable, either NIR’s "Gatwick" stock rake of coaches or an IÉ set can be used on the service. Additionally, both NIR and IÉ have equipped six each of their newest DMUs (C3K and 22000) to each other’s specifications so they may also be used on this route in the event of a breakdown.

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