Enterprise Belfast-Dublin train service celebrates 75th birthday with photographic exhibits

Seventy-five years ago, a seven-carriage-steam train left Belfast and headed to Dublin Credit: Charles Friel, RPSI

Seventy-five years ago, a seven-carriage-steam train left Belfast and headed to Dublin.

It was the beginning of a new era in cross border travel – which is now more commonly known as the Enterprise service.

Over the decades it’s been the subject of bomb threats during the Troubles, leading to the establishment of the Peace Train Organisation and the "Contraceptive Train" event organised by the Irish Women's Liberation Movement in May 1971.

The Enterprise service in 1962 Credit: Charles Friel, RPSI

During its first year in service there was one train which travelled in each direction. Today, there are eight daily departures and Translink says demand is on course to reach “an all-time high”.

A picture by WN Johnston of the Enterprise service in 1970 Credit: Charles Friel, RPSI

Photographic exhibits are due to be launched in Lanyon Place Station in Belfast and Connolly Station on Thursday.

Translink Group chief executive Chris Conway: "Whatever your reason for travel, Enterprise has been there to connect us to family, friends and opportunity, evolving with the times and better connecting Belfast and Dublin."

Meanwhile Iarnrod Eireann chief executive Jim Meade said that the service has "a rich and evocative history".

The Enterprise service modernised in the 2000s Credit: Charles Friel, RPSI

He added: "The Enterprise train is a key economic and social connector for the people of

Dublin, Belfast and the stations in between and we look forward to another 75 years of its successful operation."

The Enterprise service as it is today Credit: Charles Friel, RPSI

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