BALLYCLARE RAILWAY STATION 1759
This is Ballyclare station on the 9th August 1930 and No.65 engine is ready
to move off at 7.45 p.m. to York Road Station, Belfast. The locomotive is
a NCC Class A1 4-4-0 and was built by the Midland Railway in 1903, then rebuilt
BALLYCLARE RAILWAY STATION 1760
Here you can see the entrance to Ballyclare Railway Station, the year is unknown.
There must have been a pigeon race lately for you can see on the platform
lots of empty pigeon wicker baskets.
Just look at the road no tarmac then, in the foreground is a boy with possibly
a sibling on a bike next to him and in the distance a horse and cart going
BURNSIDE LODGE 1884
This RBP 318 Burnside parading through Ballyclare and in the foreground is
BALLYCLARE HIGH SCHOOL 2418
These are the pupils and teacher of Ballyclare High School's Hockey team.
Sadly the year and their names are unknown to me.
BALLYCLARE STATION STAFF AND ENGINE CREW
It's 1920 and even though the signal says go the engine is stopped for a photograph
to be taken this coal train with a guards van is on the Six Mile Water bridge
and is just at the entrance to Ballyclare Station. The engine has a single,
central buffer and is No. 103 with the name 'The Bruiser' and was a regular
on this run. It is a narrow gauge railway and in 1930 they stopped taking
passengers and then goods in 1933, but still continued to operate carrying
pulp and coal to the paper mill until the works closed in 1950.
On the engine is the train driver D. Warwick who has turned on the steam release
valve to let the steam flow out. Then we have the Station Master W.J. Orr,
next to him is the stations porter T Marshall, behind him on the front of
the engine is the Fireman S. McCullough. Then we have R Ireland who is the
guard of this train and finally the other train driver J. Stewart.
VICTORIA FLUTE BAND 3717
In the early years of last century, 1932 to be exact, the village flute band
under the direction of Bob McFarlane was quite small and played at local fuctions
such as picnics, political meetings and orange processions. After WWI this
band was formed in 1918 through the untiring efforts of Bob McFarlane and
he included Victoria in its name. The band was also dominated by McFarlanes,
for at one time Bob and his four sons marched side by side in the Victoria.
For a long time peaked caps comprised their only uniform. This cup is the
Junior Section, Grade II Championship of the N.I. Bands Association. Since
1960 the band has won the Association's Senior World Championship eighteen
times, including a record ten times in succession between 1975 and 1984. Sad
to say I know none of the members, but if you do
please let me know and I will send you a copy without the watermark.
FLUTE BAND 3718
It's the 12th July 1923 and being photographed her is the village band Ballyeaston
Flute Band along with the Orange Lodge 1010 before setting off to the 'field'.
The band was formed in 1892 and in 1923 shared a hall with the lodge which
is the building to your left. In the mid 1930's a new Orange Hall was built
on the road to Ballyclare and the old hall was sold to the band. The band
was very successful in championships until its demise in 1965. The bandroom
still exists, with a commemorative plaque on the outside wall. It is now unoccupied
and held in trusteeship. Many Ballyeaston folk can be reconised here including
the Millar brothers, Bob and Johnny, prominent in the front row wearing soft
hats. Bob was a well known tailor for many years in Ballyclare.
If you know anyone else in the photograph, please let me know and I will send
you a copy without the watermark.