Lisburn, southwest of Belfast City, is located on ex Great Northern Railway's main Dublin to Belfast line. The station was opened as early as august 1839 when the Ulster Railway constructed their line from here to Belfast City. The UR eventually became the GNR, and the station was gradually developed and expanded by that company, with their yellow brick designed station buildings and canopies. The unusual signal cabin, redundant since 1984, is located on the island platform at the south end of the station. The GNR footbridge at the north end of the station, once covered, also remains, along with the operational water columns. The goods shed was located at the south end of the station, but was demolished in the early 1990s. Lisburn was once the junction for lines to Antrim and Banbridge, which diverged at Knockmore Jct west of the town. The Banbridge line was closed in 1956, while the Antrim branch ceased having any passenger service in 2005.
Northern Ireland Railway's 111 Class loco No.8113, stands at the Antrim platform at Lisburn while operating Ian Walsh's 'Blue Thunderer' railtour from Belfast. One of NIR's 3000 Class diesel railcars, No.3006, heads away from Lisburn on a Belfast to Portadown service. Lisburn Station can be seen in the distance. Dating from 1978, 80 Class railcar No.8094 stands at the rear of an Irish Railway Record Society special to Larne Harbour. The 80 Class units were built by British Rail Engineering Ltd at Derby. No.8090 leads an IRRS 80 Class special to Larne Habour, seen standing at the former Antrim platform at Lisburn Station. This unit originally entered service with NIR in February 1978.
The two driving van trailers of the 30-car 80 Class railcars at Lisburn Station. The railcars were refurbished in 2009, but have since been withdrawn. Another view of 80 Class power car No.8090, seen at Lisburn Station with the town in the background. 3000 Class railcar No.3009 stands at the main line down platform at Lisburn Station with a northbound service from Portadown to Belfast. In this view is the 1870s built Great Northern Railway station building on the island platform, complete with wooden canopy. 80 Class railcar No.8090 is seen again at Lisburn Station having arrived back with the IRRS special from Larne and Bangor. The logo on the front of the unit is the current for the transport company Translink.
A view of Lisburn, looking towards Belfast from the south end of the station. The station retains much of its Victorian era Great Northern Railway buildings, as well as the footbridge. A view from beneath the platform canopy at Lisburn Station. On the up platform can be seen the yellow brick built station building, designed by the GNR's architect W.H Mills.