March 1977: Fears for Derry’s last remaining rail link raised

“I am deeply concerned after reading this report,” commented the chair,an, Colr. A Barr, when Derry City Council’s Amenities Committee received a report from the North West of Ireland Railway Society dealing with the Derry-Belfast rail service.

The report said that ‘Londonderry’s last rail link to close?’ could be a headline in local newspapers if the operation of the rail link failed to respond to efforts to make it a profitable enterprise.

The report, prepared by Mr David J. Lloyd, railway development officer of the Foyle Valley Railway , Derry, recalled that the city was one of the very first towns in Ireland to boast a railway service - in 1847 - and told how for over half a century Derry was a city with four separate railway lines.

Mr Lloyd also discussed the modernisation programe.