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Dundonald Railway Station, Then and Now…

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Dundonald Village

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Conclusion & Acknowledgements

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Stationmasters

 

 

Most of the following dates and names have been found by searching through old Belfast & Ulster Street Directories held by the Linenhall Library, Belfast Central Library and the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland. The years given therefore are approximate and depend on how information was collected to make those directories.

 

 

1850 - 1888

Mr Hans Magee

 

Hans Magee died in service 3rd September 1888 having performed 38 years service with the company.

 

1888 - 1889

?

 

1890

Mr J. Nixon

 

1891

?

 

1892       

Mr Joseph Coleman

 

1893

?

 

1894 - 1898

Mr William John Gilmour

 

1899

Mr James Graham

 

1900 - 1901

Mr Robert Brown

 

 

 

The 1901 Irish Census shows that when living at Dundonald Station Robert Brown was 33 years old, married with 3 children. He was also author of a small book named “Poems by a Railway Lad” printed by W& G Baird Belfast in 1911. Prior to coming to Dundonald he had been station master at Neill’s Hill. Included in his book is a poem entitled, “A reply to the compliant of the dullness at Neill’s Hill Station.”

 

OCTOBER

 

With sunless skies, earth matron looks,

    And languid lies October;

Beneath a load of yellow fruits,

    With face both wane and sober.

 

Yet though the sun with clouded face

    Does thus refrain from greeting,

There are true hearts within this place

    With warm affection beating.

 

Their love-lit eyes to light indeed

    That never once grows hazy,

And inward with electric speed

    Would set dull hearts half crazy.

 

Thro’ autumn’s haze and winter’s snow

    An endless taper’s burning

Of love, to keep all hearts aglow,

    As seasons still keep turning.

 

 

 

1902 - 1928       

Mr Charles McLaughlin

 

Charles McLaughlin was a well loved character on the railway and was much missed when he died at Station House on 12/9/1928 after a period of serious illness. He was aged 59½ years and had completed 38 years service with the company.

 

Such was his popularity that short articles appeared in the local newspapers marking his passing. The Belfast Telegraph  included the following tribute:

 

“His familiar, genial figure will be missed for many a day by the users of the line. He was a smart, and courteous official, possessed of a genial disposition which made him very popular with the public”.

 

The Belfast News Letter had the following to say:

 

“Mr McLaughlin was well-known to hundreds of travellers on the Belfast and County Down Railway. An ideal official, courteous and obliging, and ever zealous in the performance of his duties, he was respected by all who came into contact with him.”

 

In October 1928 the Senior Porter William Thompson requested consideration for the position of Stationmaster. He appears to have been unsuccessful as by 1930 James Taylor was in the position having moved from Tullymurry were he was Stationmaster.

 

1929

 

 

1930 - ?

Mr James Taylor

 

? - 1950

Dundonald station closed in 1950 when much of the former BCDR system was shut down. At this time the UTA classified Dundonald as a ‘halt’. This meant although it was still a manned station it did not have a stationmaster of its own. (Instead a foreman or senior porter would have been in charge). Dundonald’s ‘parent’ station was Comber, which also closed at the same time. The last stationmaster at Comber was Mr Samuel Johnston.

 

 

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