August 1983 - Century old rail link at Eglinton comes to an end

Pictured at the old station house at Eglinton are gatekeepers Miss May Hegarty and Mr. John Harvey.

Pictured at the old station house at Eglinton are gatekeepers Miss May Hegarty and Mr. John Harvey.

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An Eglinton family’s links with the railway stretching back more than 100 years was broken at the end of month when the automatic signals came into operation at Eglinton station.

The new signals spelled the end for the job of gatekeeper at Eglinton and at stations all along the Derry to Belfast line.

It was the end of an era for John Harvey who had worked all his life on the railway.

The old gates were taken down in July with the lights expected to start functioning shortly.

In the interim, however, Miss May Hegarty, continued the job of closing the road at the station and waving the trains by.

John Harvey said: “I loved every minute of my work... It was a tough job.”