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First time through new station today in Derry, lovely interior.

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Despite all the money spent on the NW Transport Hub  it becomes a ghost town after 17.30 at night with passengers to/from the bus link negotiating a building site en route. The train timetable remains unchanged with no improvements to the rail service to/from Derry with the exact same journey times. There are no improvements to connections to/from Dublin services at Belfast Central and there are still no cheap web fares available to stations on the Dublin line from any station on the Derry line in 2019.  That is after trying to navigate the impossible new Translink website!

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It's on the wrong side of the river and the railway goes to the wrong places. For all my fondness for the NCC that's kind of hard to fix. Foyle Road GNR would have been the more natural rationalisation for Derry with the NCC cut back to Coleraine or Ballymena, more reflective of the actual flows and centres of gravity.

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Is that the original train shed roof?

I agree that the GNR line would have been better - more hinterland, and Omagh could have fed in traffic from even as far as Enniskillen. While freight would have still gone, it's tempting to think that the Derry / Donegal traffic would have lasted longer and been heavier with Strabane as an interchange. The former CDR narrow gauge station, if levelled, would have provided ample ground for a container yard. Local traffic Derry - Omagh might have been a little more feasible too.

And 171, 461 or 4 with an RPSI set on the Carrickmore bank????

Strabane and Omagh would at one stage have been familiar to 071, 141 and 181 classes... maybe 121s too.....  (Idea for layout: Strabane, 1995?)

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It certainly is the original roof JHB. See pictures below.

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The building to the right of the 80 Class is the rear of the two road engine shed, which was alongside the platform. There was always at least one open door from the platform which allowed a look inside the shed from the safety of the platform.

Strabane and Omagh would not have been familiar to the 071 class, as they did not make an appearance until more than ten years after the closure of the Derry Road. 

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2 hours ago, Dhu Varren said:

It certainly is the original roof JHB. See pictures below.

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The building to the right of the 80 Class is the rear of the two road engine shed, which was alongside the platform. There was always at least one open door from the platform which allowed a look inside the shed from the safety of the platform.

Strabane and Omagh would not have been familiar to the 071 class, as they did not make an appearance until more than ten years after the closure of the Derry Road. 

Superb stuff - wish it was still like this.

My point about the 071s was in relation to a layout based as Strabane would be in 1995......had it survived.

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26 minutes ago, jhb171achill said:

Superb stuff - wish it was still like this.

My point about the 071s was in relation to a layout based as Strabane would be in 1995......had it survived.

And Dr Cox’s collection of Donegal stock would still have been there! 

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