This shot is taken near Kilroot power station, Carrickfergus, and shows the reincarnation of the 70 class as the hybrid 450 class using the EE power unit and traction motors in a new class 455 derived bodyshell. No 456 'Gosford Castle' is seen at the rear of a train lumbering towards Larne. The last of these sets (no 455) last saw passenger service as recently as February 2012, and I was fortunate enough to be on the farewell tour.

words and text by William Ellis



Northern Ireland Railways

450 Class Motor Car 456