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Whitehead railway station serves Whitehead in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

The station has two platforms with a waiting room on each and the station is signalled in both directions and remains manned during commuter hours by a Senior Porter, who luckily for the commuters is a fully trained signalman, capable of fixing points and signalling issues when they arise.

Previously the line was double towards Belfast and Whitehead was where the track narrowed to the single track section to Larne. However, in the 1990s the up line was removed from here to Kilroot due to safety reasons, leaving the line Whitehead station as a passing loop.

Whitehead actually comprises two stations, thanks to its history as a railway excursion town. The through station is still part of the Northern Ireland Railways network, whilst the terminus Whitehead Excursion Station is the headquarters of the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland.

Whitehead station was originally opened on 1 May 1863 and the Whitehead Excursion Platform was opened on 10 July 1907. The present station was opened in 1877 and is the third station to serve the town. It has been modernised, but unlike many stations on the NIR network still retains much of its Victorian character.
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  • Called in for lunch on a cold rainy windy day in Whitehead, looking for warmth and good food. We had, lasagna, quiche, chips, deserts & drinks. Lunch was a disappointment, as I have been before and...  more »
  • There's a big roof to keep out of the rain and a waiting room with books in for free. They have lit up signs saying what trains are coming, be careful you're on the right side of the tracks, mind...  more »
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