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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 35. Chapters: Defunct railway companies of Ireland, Northern Counties Committee, NI Railways, West Clare Railway, Belfast and County Down Railway, Midland Great Western Railway, Cork, Bandon and South Coast Railway, County Donegal Railways Joint Committee, Great Southern and Western Railway, Glenariff Iron Ore and Harbour Company, Dublin and Kingstown Railway, Dublin and South Eastern Railway, Ballymena, Cushendall and Red Bay Railway, Ballycastle Railway, Great Southern Railways, Londonderry and Enniskillen Railway, Waterford and Tramore Railway, Dublin and Drogheda Railway, Dublin and Belfast Junction Railway, Irish North Western Railway, Ulster Railway. Excerpt: The Northern Counties Committee (NCC) was a railway that served the north-east of Ireland. Originally constructed to the Irish standard gauge of 5 ft 3 in (1600 mm), a number of 3 ft 0 in (914 mm) narrow gauge lines were acquired later. It had its origins in the Belfast and Ballymena Railway that opened to traffic on 11 April 1848. The NCC itself came into existence on 1 July 1903 as the result of the Midland Railway taking over the Belfast and Northern Counties Railway (BNCR), which the Belfast and Ballymena Railway had become. At the 1923 Grouping of British railway companies, the Committee became part of the London Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS). The line passed to the British Transport Commission with the nationalisation of the railways in Britain in 1948 and in the following year, 1949, it was sold to the Ulster Transport Authority (UTA). The BNCR and its successors recognised the potential value of tourism and were influential in its development throughout the north of Ireland. They were able to develop and exploit the advantages of the Larne-Stranraer short sea route between Ireland and Scotland which would gain importance during World War II. There had been...
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