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29 September 2020 – Billy Bones -Some Memories of the Derry Central Railway

Some Memories of the Derry Central Railway

While most of us are familiar with Billy`s long association with pantomime in Coleraine, perhaps not so many will know that Billy started his working life on the railway, with much of his early career spent on the Derry Central line between Macfin and Magherafelt

It was Billy`s responsibility to maintain the electro-mechanical token block system and instruments, thus ensuring only one train occupied the section of track between stations at any one time.

After  brief history of the line and its construction, Billy told us about some of the working practices he encountered, the characters he worked with and perhaps, the occasional escapade. Very interesting and entertaining.

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