As I get older I am very conscious of change and am saddened by the lack of interest in preserving our past. Far too often grand old buildings are torn down with little thought or regard.
I often drive along the Ballyhenry Road just outside Comber Co Down where there is a visual reminder of the past; railway lines crossing the narrow road where evidence of the railway is long gone. It deserved a photograph as the original track side building survives although now modified as a dwelling house.
Unfortunately I have been unable to locate an image of what it originally looked like as it would have been interesting to make the comparison. However I did find a reference to it from Comber Historical Society which reads as follows:
‘The third level crossing was ‘Henryville’ on the Ballyhenry Road staffed by Andy Bennett, and then in the late 1940s by Mr Patrick McIlreavy. This cottage is also still in use and much modified – in fact the very railway lines are still to be seen in the road beside it to this day. A preservation order might well be considered before a resurfacing or re-alignment plan would have them buried from view forever!’
It’s been well over sixty years since trains ran on this line making their way to Donaghadee via Newtownards!
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