End of line for old Northern Ireland trains
Trainspotters are lamenting the demise of a series of Northern Ireland trains when the weekend finally signalled the end of the line for the old 450s.
The first of Northern Ireland Railway's 450 class trains was broken up at the weekend and another faces the same fate next weekend, after NIR said the cost of repairing them would not have been economically viable.
The company said seven Class 450s remain and will be disposed of through a variety of channels, as yet to be confirmed.
Photographer and rail enthusiast Chris Playfair told the BBC: "They cut the trains in half at York Road depot in Belfast, put each half on the back of a lorry and bring them to Ahoghill for scrap.”