Vintage Irish Railways - Northern Ireland - BCDRPassing Bloomfield is this fine pairing of Beyer Peacock built 'Small' Belfast and County Down Railway 4-4-2T's with the pilot engine clearly bearing its UTA number 219 on the buffer beam whilst the train engine is no. 213.There has been much debate over the exact location where this was taken but one thing that’s clear to me is that the train is approaching the Beersbridge Road level crossing at Bloomfield station. There’s no clairvoyance in that observation as Dr. O’Sullivan took a going-away shot of the same train from the same spot as it passed over that very crossing.Robert White has recently visited this same location and offers the following, paraphrased, observations: the shot is of a Queen's Quay bound train no more than 100yds short of the Beersbridge Road level crossing at Bloomfield station. The direction of the sun is all right for this to be an inbound train. The housing in the background is on Sunbury Avenue, looking pretty much the same today and the train will, within no more than a couple of minutes, pass over the Holywood Arches heading towards Ballymacarrett Jct. Standing today on the spot from which this shot was taken vegetation now obscures most of the view but clearly visible is the housing which appears in the background of that shot.
[Mike Morant collection]